So Waitrose have launched a whole lot of yummy food, which they’ve called the Waitrose 1 range, which is basically the creme de la creme of their food: think stylish ready meals, amazing coffees, buttery pastries, extra special meats, fab pizzas, delicious ice creams… Just before I went to Leeds, I went to our local Waitrose and bought an absolute ton of all the Waitrose 1 stuff so I could give it a little try.
And then I left the building. Rookie mistake.
So while I was in Leeds, basically being very silly and eating and drinking far too much, the boys were left to their own devices. I had mentioned that I wanted to give the range a little test for the blog, so I thought I was safe. Unfortunately I also mentioned that the very lovely lady in Waitrose had told me that the ice creams are particularly good. And so, returning, slightly hungover but very happy, I checked the freezer in the garage to find… nothing.
Suspect one (Mr E – a habitual stealer of other people’s ice creams) wasn’t even remotely guilty and instead pointed out that the Tanzanian chocolate ice cream with blood orange and orange sorbet was basically the nicest frozen treat he’d ever tasted (delicious AND swirly, apparently) and that he’d accidentally eaten the entire pot.
None left for me, then?
To be fair, Charlie was away in Barcelona on holiday, so the other two very guilty looking culprits had to fess up to basically scoffing an entire range while I was away.
When questioned about the missing Waitrose 1 wood-fired buffalo mozzarella & sun soaked tomato pizza, suspect two (Sam) again crowed about the deliciousness of the stolen item and said ‘oh, but it’s okay, because I took a picture of it for your blog’.
So, you ate everything?
‘Yeaaahhhhh, they were ace’
Wait, even the fish pie? The sell by date wasn’t until…
‘Yup, that was REALLY NICE too, wasn’t it Dad?’ (at this point there was a realisation that they were showing a bit too much enthusiasm for all the food they stole and there was awkward feet shuffling, interspersed with muttering about there being a lot of prawns in there and it being so delicious they couldn’t stop themselves) hmmmm.
One of the items I did actually get to test before I went away was the very clever Waitrose 1 pain au levain. It’s incredibly clever. You buy it chilled, then you can pop it in the oven straight from the fridge and you’ve got hot, fresh sourdough in less than 15 minutes (pic at the top, and they’re my feet – sorry about that). I also have the other two ice creams stashed away. Initial testing indicates that the Malaysian coconut and lime one is to die for.
Anyhoo, I’ll be going back for more very soon. Highlights for me include the free range pork, including mince and lovely sausages; an outstanding cote de boeuf , which I’ve not tried it but I’m hearing great things about it; quality veal mince and burgers; excellent ready meals including THAT Waitrose 1 fish pie, but also other things like risottos, etc; some very different, high quality pasta including an enormously long spaghetti lunghi which barely fits on the shelf in store; fresh stuff like salads and perfect avocados, and incredibly good desserts (let’s not mention the ice cream again, eh?)
So there you have it, people: the new Waitrose 1 range. NOT tested by me, but tested by everyone else, and it’s a winner.
(By the way, if you haven’t shopped online at Waitrose before, they’ve got a great summer offer: get £100 off your first five online shops at Waitrose when you spend £100 with FREE delivery when using the code AQ2DA20. Click the link for more details! £20 off your first order online at Waitrose when you spend £100 plus free delivery (ends 4/9/16).