M&S Simply Food - New Kent Road

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Thursday 23 August 2007 11.28am
At the risk of sounding a bit sad, I'm SO HAPPY! M & S Simply Food has opened at the BP Station and it's everything you might expect and more (I don't have shares - honest!). If this doesn't drag up the standards in local retail outlets, I don't know what will. Bring it on!!
Thursday 23 August 2007 2.36pm
Any notices about when they are opening?
Thursday 23 August 2007 2.53pm
I suppose if you like vastly over priced, plastic and cardboard, microwave dinners it'll be a boon. However, what we really need is some places that sell real food at affordable prices that doesn't come wrapped in costly instant rubbish.

I suppose we can all dream on.
Thursday 23 August 2007 3.35pm
yeah, I hunted in vain at the Charing X branch for any veg that a) hadn't been flown half way across the world or b) wasn't grossly over packaged, and failed.
Thursday 23 August 2007 3.54pm
williamn wrote:
yeah, I hunted in vain at the Charing X branch for any veg that a) hadn't been flown half way across the world .

There was a really interesting article about food miles in the Economist a while ago:

http://www.economist.com/business/displaystory.cfm?story_id=8380592

Totally agree about the packaging though.
Thursday 23 August 2007 3.55pm
boroughbloke wrote:
I suppose if you like vastly over priced, plastic and cardboard, microwave dinners it'll be a boon. However, what we really need is some places that sell real food at affordable prices that doesn't come wrapped in costly instant rubbish.
I suppose we can all dream on.

Carry on down the Old Kent Rd and you'll find plenty of places that do offer "real" food that doesn't come pre-wrapped.

It's nice to have a choice though.
Thursday 23 August 2007 3.57pm
Why, I wonder, do I have a problem with M&S food? It's just too shiny and too perfect looking and certainly too pricey. But I think it's probably a silly fixation on my part.
PKM
Thursday 23 August 2007 4.18pm
Sooooo convenient though...
Thursday 23 August 2007 4.29pm
martinr wrote:
Carry on down the Old Kent Rd and you'll find plenty of places that do offer "real" food that doesn't come pre-wrapped.

It's nice to have a choice though.

I'm afraid that's a bit far from here. More's the point I don't have the required Kevlar helmet, bullet proof vest and baseball bat. :D
Thursday 23 August 2007 4.35pm
williamn wrote:
yeah, I hunted in vain at the Charing X branch for any veg that a) hadn't been flown half way across the world or b) wasn't grossly over packaged, and failed.

No doubt they specialise in the same wonderfully packaged things that Sainsbury's in Borough High Street do. Things like a packaged bundle of about 6 grapes or a sliced apple labeled "ready to eat" and sold for prices like 1.29. No doubt this will soon be followed by sliced bananas with the same label. I mean how lazy or anal are some people that eating an apple in the manner human kind has for thousands of years is just too messy or crude? Will they want the grapes peeled as well in future?
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