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  • Message 1. 

    Posted by The Vintneres Driver (U5034590) on Sunday, 21st August 2011

    Lady Muck is such an ignorant snob.

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    Posted by JoLean (U2258866) on Sunday, 21st August 2011

    Yes, but the scene where she was utterly horrified by cheap anchovies was brilliant.

    She seemed more upset by cheap food than she was by the appearance of Ruauri.

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    Posted by NotsoTinyTim (U2256329) on Sunday, 21st August 2011

    Whenever JD is forced to socialise with Radio, the scenes are usually pretty funny. It was a great idea of the SWs to make JD a relation of the Horrobins.

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    Posted by The Vintneres Driver (U5034590) on Sunday, 21st August 2011

    but the scene where she was utterly horrified by cheap anchovies was brilliant  Indeed. And I love learning what the words for "cheap anchovy" are in 20 languages. It's educational, innit!

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    Posted by Shirley Knott (U14164156) on Sunday, 21st August 2011

    Of all the foods to throw a snobbish hissyfit about - why bloomin anchovies?

    Cheap tomato ketchup, maybe. Cheap baked beans, maybe. Cheap tea bags, maybe.

    But an anchovy is an anchovy, isn't it? Silly woman.

    I'd be delighted if either of my two knew a recipe containing anchovies - I'd think - great, some of the cookery lessons hit the mark. But to quibble about where she bought them.

    Pah!!

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    Posted by A Mankwold Sioux (U14966549) on Sunday, 21st August 2011

    Whenever JD is forced to socialise with Radio, the scenes are usually pretty funny. It was a great idea of the SWs to make JD a relation of the Horrobins.  Even if the set-up or dialogue is clunky (as it was tonight, with Radio predictably getting the wrong end of the stick), the actors involved always bring it to life with consummate skill - whenever they are on together, I can feel my toes curling at one or other of them (frequently at both).

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    Posted by Athena Ergane (U14927530) on Sunday, 21st August 2011

    Lady Muck is such an ignorant snob.   And Susan was right.
    Several years ago my then Line Manager (who I knew had a good household income) told me to look at the cars the next time I was there.
    She was right - there might be students and pensioners in the store but there were also some very pricey motors in the car park.

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    Posted by The Vintneres Driver (U5034590) on Sunday, 21st August 2011

    She was right - there might be students and pensioners in the store but there were also some very pricey motors in the car park.  It's how the rich stay rich. For every pound you save that's £2 you don't have to earn - particularly if you are a higher rate taxpayer.

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    Posted by Chris Ghoti (U10794176) on Sunday, 21st August 2011

    My experience of rich snobby people like Jennifer is mercifully not large, but the ones I did know for a while (at school with their children) varied wildly between buying everything from Harrods-alikes and buying in the cheapest scruffy supermarkets around because it was "such *fun* darling!" finding bargains and rubbing shoulders with "the sort of people who shop in those places, you know".

    I don't mean that one would do one thing and another the other; I mean that each individual woman seemed to do both, and you never knew what they would get where. I do know that if one of them had found anchovies in a foreign tin on the shelves she would have thought it a great joke and a bit of one-upmanship, and bought them like a shot.

    They went and slummed in Lisson Grove Market, that's for sure.

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    Posted by Doodlysquat (U13738858) on Sunday, 21st August 2011

    I felt quite sorry for Jennifer with her fear and horror of the unfamiliar. God forbid that she should buy something that did not have a recognisable brand name.

    How awful to go through life too afraid to try anything new.

    And how daft to waste money to satisfy one's need to be part of the herd...even if it is a pedigree one. Ha! Not that dear Jen is within a country mile of being pedigreed, much as she'd like to kid us otherwise.

    suze

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    Posted by Perkin Warbeck is not a cannibal (U14797366) on Sunday, 21st August 2011

    Its not just an anchovy - it's an ocean caught, free range, slow grown organic anchovy with extra omega 3......

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    Posted by MsMumbo-Jumbo (U3613133) on Sunday, 21st August 2011

    But what was the meal they were eating? An anchovy on a bit of toast each? I couldn't concentrate. It didn't seem worth it somehow.
    MJ

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    Posted by nesta vipers (U2256451) on Monday, 22nd August 2011

    Lady Muck is such an ignorant snob.   And Susan was right.
    Several years ago my then Line Manager (who I knew had a good household income) told me to look at the cars the next time I was there.
    She was right - there might be students and pensioners in the store but there were also some very pricey motors in the car park. 
    Quite agree.

    I love the fact that Jenny was horrified by anchovies too!

    Only trouble is, I think they sometimes make her too thick. I can understand her not being the sort of person who goes to cheap s`markets, but feel she is tactful enough to quickly pick herself up & not appear quite so Marie Antoinette

    But on the whole I think these exchanges between the families are marvellous, and Brian has completely the right idea imo and provides balance.

    Susan is just wonderful, the actor`s (I really want to say actress`s there but don`t want to offend all the MLers) timing is just superb - I live for scenes with Susan (and yes, she is right!)

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    Posted by poppy (U2220656) on Monday, 22nd August 2011

    I know lots of well-off people who shop in Lidl. Their prices for things like olive oil, parmesan, balsamic vinegar, chorizo are excellent and the quality is first-rate. Good veggies too - especially aubergines and chestnut mushrooms.

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    Posted by Lowena (U14575314) on Monday, 22nd August 2011

    Funny old world isn't it? I hate Lidl and Aldi and would never buy anything there - I think the value is appalling, everything is of poor quality - but, each to their own. I use Waitrose, M and S and Sainsburys. I would never decry other people's choices, but would be a tad disturbed if my daughter served me sub standard fare

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    Posted by The Vintneres Driver (U5034590) on Monday, 22nd August 2011

    everything is of poor quality  Clearly you have never actually tried anything from the German discounters. Yes, you can get better olive oil and balsamic vinegar elsewhere - at a price. But generally you get more bangs per buck - above average quality for less than the mainstream supermarkets charge for the brand-name rip-offs.

    Heinz is supposed to be a good brand name. I recently bought some of the "mayonnaise" because it was on special offer. It tasted more like salad cream to me. When I checked the ingredients it contained only 5% egg which is the legal minimum. I haven't got a jar of Lidl mayo to hand but would wager that it has at least as much egg content as Hellmans. Lidl luxury vanilla ice cream knocks Hagan Daz(sp) into a cocked hat at about half the price.

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    Posted by Lowena (U14575314) on Monday, 22nd August 2011

    Actually, I have tried their produce, otherwise I wouldn't feel able to comment.As I said, each to their own.

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    Posted by The99 (U14626546) on Monday, 22nd August 2011

    Well said. The foodstuffs you mention - plus anchovies - were culinary staples in European countries where they care about food long before we Brits began to look warily up from our boiled cabbage and chops and smell the garlic.

    It's not surprising that an established Euro-supermarket would sell such staples at a competitive price and would also know that its customers will not buy any old rubbish. Ergo, the anchovies, parmesan and olive oil at the likes of Lidl will probably not be the finest known to man, but they equally probably won't be the anchovy equivalent of thick white sliced with added chalk and no discernible taste (that's not a euphemism, by the way).

    And I'd bet Jenny wouldn't be able to tell Lidl anchovies from Underwoods' in a blind tasting.

    And I wonder, just a bit, how much longer she'll be able to keep her hand-woven shopping trug unsullied by Lidl delicacies at a time when the rest of us are having our wages hacked away, squeezed for ever-more tax by the rich we elected to govern us, robbed blind of our pensions and prospects if we happen to be in the public employ, and when inflation is galloping comfortably at 5%. Oh right...farm subsidies, I forgot. The Single Farm Payment will maintain the natural order of things and keep Jenny in Underwoods anchovies, and quite right too.

    Did anyone, by the way, catch the Farming Today interview on Saturday last @ silly o'clock, wherein one solid Staffs yeoman with built-in complaint mode (albeit a tenant farmer) announced, a bit pitifully, that this year was the first of ten in which he'd turned a profit 'from farming alone, without the subsidy', and then coyly refused point-blank to say how much he gets from the taxpayers of the EU? I may be being thick here, but if he's making a profit even with the subsidy element removed, then the entire subsidy element must represent profit, surely? OK, he's going to use large chunks of that to invest in making the business bigger and better (he grows chips for McCain's, which the world needs very much) but that does help explain why so many farms have so many bloody expensive Range Rovers parked outside so many Farrow 'n Balled delightful country homes, doesn't it?

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    Posted by tulsehillterrier (U5390076) on Monday, 22nd August 2011

    I have Lidl mayonnaise to hand - 5.3%

    We are off to do our weekly shop

    At Lidl, vegetables, butter coffee parmesan olive oil bread flour bratwurst chocolate deli meats, wine fruit juice then possibly Sainsrose...

    THT

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    Posted by shesings (U2666459) on Monday, 22nd August 2011

    I like Lidl olive oil and their fruit and vegetables are usually very good quality and cheaper than M&S. In our local one you are as liable to see a Dowager Countess or a consultant cardiologist as you are to see a hard-up student or pensioner. But, hey, food is a very personal thing and people should choose what suits them.

    JD's attitude is one thing the SWs get spot on, though. There are people who come from modest backgrounds and through their own hard work, marriage or fortune, find themselves living in a different social setting but manage to retain their own values and personality.

    JD is the other type and so is Susan. Background modest, and quite troubled, and desperate to be part of what they perceive as a superior class. They are both very well drawn and very well acted.

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    Posted by nesta vipers (U2256451) on Monday, 22nd August 2011

    I like Lidl olive oil and their fruit and vegetables are usually very good quality and cheaper than M&S. In our local one you are as liable to see a Dowager Countess or a consultant cardiologist as you are to see a hard-up student or pensioner. But, hey, food is a very personal thing and people should choose what suits them.

    JD's attitude is one thing the SWs get spot on, though. There are people who come from modest backgrounds and through their own hard work, marriage or fortune, find themselves living in a different social setting but manage to retain their own values and personality.

    JD is the other type and so is Susan. Background modest, and quite troubled, and desperate to be part of what they perceive as a superior class. They are both very well drawn and very well acted. 
    I was rather forgetting Jenny`s modest background. Not a wonder when you think of the airs & graces she gives herself.

    But thinking about it your comments on her are spot on. I know someone who is a bit like that (and I do make allowances in her case). Jenny must have a bit of insecurity there to be as she is, but she could never admit to it. Susan on the other hand is upfront with it and I think we can all see where she comes from!

    I must be more charitable about JD in future (after all one can`t all be born into a family like the Vipers with a forked tongue in one`s mouth)


    cheers nesta

    ps I do love Susan (oh, did I tell you that already...)

    pps Aldi has v gd vegetables imo - trouble is they don`t have consistency of supply so you have to get what`s there (like `real' shopping should be I guess!)

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    Posted by nesta vipers (U2256451) on Monday, 22nd August 2011

    I`m actually listening again now as it was rather fun last night

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    Posted by The Vintneres Driver (U5034590) on Monday, 22nd August 2011

    I`m actually listening again now as it was rather fun last night  And me!

    Anchovies, anyone?

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    Posted by Dairy Queen (U14314834) on Monday, 22nd August 2011

    Funny old world isn't it? I hate Lidl and Aldi and would never buy anything there - I think the value is appalling, everything is of poor quality - but, each to their own. I use Waitrose, M and S and Sainsburys. I would never decry other people's choices, but would be a tad disturbed if my daughter served me sub standard fare   Lidl and Aldi are not poor quality.

    Just because it does not have a label that is known globally does not make is a lower standar food stuff.

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    Posted by Dairy Queen (U14314834) on Monday, 22nd August 2011

    OK, he's going to use large chunks of that to invest in making the business bigger and better (he grows chips for McCain's, which the world needs very much)


    I think you will find you can't grow chips, you grow potatoes, that are then cut into chips.

    I may be wrong, but I thought that was how the process went

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    Posted by pennygee (U14669162) on Monday, 22nd August 2011

    I wish one of the characters in the Archers would say something about her parents being past owners of the Bull and her grandmother on her mother's side had been a maid in her youth. Jennifer and Lillian had married 'well' and obtained their plummy accents by default

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    Posted by Scarlett the Harlot (U14540168) on Monday, 22nd August 2011

    Mr Scarlett and I used to live near a Lidl so before going to Asda we would check out Lidl to see what we could get there first as it is of course much cheaper than Asda.

    It was a bit hit and miss - some weeks they had loads of stuff we could use and others very little.

    It is the only downside to the bargain supermarkets IMO.

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    Posted by Chris Ghoti (U10794176) on Monday, 22nd August 2011

    I have recently bought stuff with a globally-known label at Lidl (well, known all over Europe, anyhow; I hold no brief for America). The label happened to be in French, but it was round a product that is the same in an English label.

    There doesn't happen to be a convenient Aldi here, and we dont have an Underwoods either, or I am sure I would go in those just as I do to the ones that are within easy reach or happen to be on my rat-runs: Lidl, Tesco, Sainsbury, Waitrose and Marks and Spencer, as well as two farm shops one with a large fish-mongers, and a very good butcher, and a farmers' market. I buy things from any of them as I happen to see fit, feel like it, or be in that area for some reason.

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    Posted by Dairy Queen (U14314834) on Monday, 22nd August 2011

    Where I live in Lewisham, Crest Nicholson have biult a block of flats right on the Lee High Road, £285k starting price for a 1 bed.
    Crazy money to live there.
    Anyway , Lidl are opening on the graoundfloor, I am so excited, now dont have to troll to Catford to go shopping.

    Dont know how the owners of the flats feel about being on top of a Lidl, but I am besdie myself

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  • Message 30

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    Posted by Chris Ghoti (U10794176) on Monday, 22nd August 2011

    pennygee, I think that there was an occasion when Jennifer was snooty about Fallon being the girl from the pub, and Peggy tore her off a strip for not remembering that she was the girl from the pub herself.

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    Posted by NotsoTinyTim (U2256329) on Monday, 22nd August 2011

    < I believe that in fact she was snooty about Lucy Perks, who had her eye on Adam before it was known that he batted for Darrington >

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    Posted by cherrytree (U9175528) on Monday, 22nd August 2011

    Read the new copy of that well known consumer magazine and possibly a few back numbers as well. There you will see the verdict on olive oil, washing up liquid and fresh orange juice. There are lots of us who are more than capable of shopping at Aldi and Lidl and then going to Booths or Waitrose. Also as I have said on the BBC food boards recently, the comparison between the insufferably smug Waitrose food magazine and the Asda one is a joy to behold.

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    Posted by Chris Ghoti (U10794176) on Monday, 22nd August 2011

    Ah, I knew it was a girl from the pub, NsTT, I had merely forgotten which one. Thanks.

    Brenda had her eye on Adam for a bit as well, didn't she? in spite of the fourteen-year age-gap.

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    Posted by Curtaintwitcher (U2688249) on Monday, 22nd August 2011

    There's no Lidl in my neck of the woods, but a choice of Aldi sites.

    I get basics and what I know they're good at from Aldi (their whole-almond chocolate is becoming an addiction) and use the savings on treats/higher end products from Booths, with a weekly float round Tesco looking at offers.

    I notice a lot of people commend Lidl's fresh veggies - can't say the same of Aldi myself, although cheap and good when bought, they seem to have absolutely no keeping qualities; as I live on my own, getting a kilo of carrots down in 3 days is rather more than I can manage, so I tend to avoid.

    CT

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    Posted by cherrytree (U9175528) on Monday, 22nd August 2011

    I agree about their chocolate. I buy the 70% plain for all my cooking. As for Thursdays! Well, what can I say? All the great and the good queuing up for whatever exciting bargains are to be had. This year my redcurrant bushes that i bought a couple of years ago from there produced so much beautiful fruit. I love Aldi. Keep an open mind I say, and don't sneer until you've tried.

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    Posted by Lowena (U14575314) on Monday, 22nd August 2011

    Funny old world isn't it? I hate Lidl and Aldi and would never buy anything there - I think the value is appalling, everything is of poor quality - but, each to their own. I use Waitrose, M and S and Sainsburys. I would never decry other people's choices, but would be a tad disturbed if my daughter served me sub standard fare   Lidl and Aldi are not poor quality.

    Just because it does not have a label that is known globally does not make is a lower standar food stuff.
     
    I'm speaking from personal experience.

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    Posted by Auntie Clockwise (U8040384) on Monday, 22nd August 2011

    The best thing about Lidl and Aldi is that in the weeks leading up to Christmas, they sell marzipan and other continental treats. That's not to disparage the rest of their products, just saying I have a sweet tooth.

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    Posted by cherrytree (U9175528) on Monday, 22nd August 2011

    So am I.

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    Posted by The Vintneres Driver (U5034590) on Monday, 22nd August 2011

    A tin of chopped tomatoes is a tin of chopped tomatoes whether you pay 31p or 75p. Or a carton of passata; 44p in Lidl about a quid in the deli in my local town. No difference in quality. Probably comes out of the same factory.

    In my other local town the Lidl & Waitrose are right next to one another. I get the usual stuff in Lidl and then go and enjoy the ambiance of Waitrose whilst looking for marked-down treats.

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    Posted by NotsoTinyTim (U2256329) on Monday, 22nd August 2011

    < Brenda had her eye on Adam for a bit as well, didn't she? in spite of the fourteen-year age-gap >

    However, Chris, the penny dropped with the super intelligent Big Bren and she realised that Adam wasn't unduly interested in her cleavage when he took her to a gay bar and stuck his tongue down the throat of one of the chaps there.

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    Posted by cherrytree (U9175528) on Monday, 22nd August 2011

    Which is what a lot of us (many quite "foodie") people do.

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    Posted by BlackSheepBoy (U11150138) on Monday, 22nd August 2011

    When I was a small boy our village had four four grocery shops or house-shops. My mother's policy was to buy at all of them, partly because in a small community she thought it as well to share custom around, but also because different shops were better at particular fresh or loose things. Price was not really an issue because they all charged much the same.

    The habit has stuck with me; so it would not occur to me to "trust" a shop or now a supermarket to suit me across all items it stocks, or even all its food. No shop is below or above my perceived dignity.

    I suppose it depends on how much time you are prepared to invest in shopping. I do not need a "one-stop" solution.

    I hope Jennifer only uses the Underwoods food hall for her tins and packets and bananas . It would be perverse for a farmer to be buying farm produce, vegeatbles and meat, at a food hall, especially in food-hall-type prepacked form.

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    Posted by The Vintneres Driver (U5034590) on Monday, 22nd August 2011

    My current shopping modus operandi is look for yellow stickers first and then buy whatever is needed to go with the bargains to make a meal. That method would give Alice something useful to do whilst Chris is sweating over Mandy Beesborough's shoes.

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    Posted by BlackSheepBoy (U11150138) on Monday, 22nd August 2011

    Yes yellow is a good cheerful colour in supermarkets.

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    Posted by LilianFred (U14714921) on Monday, 22nd August 2011

    but the scene where she was utterly horrified by cheap anchovies was brilliant  Indeed. And I love learning what the words for "cheap anchovy" are in 20 languages. It's educational, innit!   Yes, and where would we all be without our weekly supply of anchovies? Worrying to even think about it.

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    Posted by nesta vipers (U2256451) on Monday, 22nd August 2011

    Read the new copy of that well known consumer magazine and possibly a few back numbers as well. There you will see the verdict on olive oil, washing up liquid and fresh orange juice. There are lots of us who are more than capable of shopping at Aldi and Lidl and then going to Booths or Waitrose. Also as I have said on the BBC food boards recently, the comparison between the insufferably smug Waitrose food magazine and the Asda one is a joy to behold.  ooh I love Booths - i wish they`d open a branch in Malton (but I think Morrisons have it sewn up). unfortunately I think the nearest to us is Ripon - quite some way. and Waitrose is down near Hull - too far really & not a place I go, I go to Ripon more

    I do miss Waitrose - it was so luvly in Cirencester & full of the famous hahaha

    cheers nesta (I am Jennifer Archer you have guessed)

    ps "what is a week-end?"

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    Posted by carrick-bend (U2288869) on Monday, 22nd August 2011

    Lowena, you write I hate Lidl and Aldi and would never buy anything there - I think the value is appalling, everything is of poor quality - but, each to their own. 

    Like any shop, things can vary, but, as Vints says, there is good quality to be had, particularly where the produce is actually quite good but the packaging isn't English.

    German friends say that, in Germany, Aldi and Lidl have a reasonable reputation.

    I though JD was amusing with her "I prefer Underwoods Food Hall" - made me wonder whether she yearned for the day when the butchers and grocers boys delivered.

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    Posted by shesings (U2666459) on Monday, 22nd August 2011

    I may be going into my dotage, as Chris Ghoti and other experts haven't mentioned it, but I am sure it is not that long ago that Peggy really put JD's gas at a peep JD about her working class roots. I think it was when Alice and Chris got married and JD was distraught.

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    Posted by Chris Ghoti (U10794176) on Monday, 22nd August 2011

    I remembered Peggy telling Jennifer to put a sock in it as mentioned in my 30 (only I got the wrong "girl at the pub" and NsTT put me right), but I don't remember that Peggy told her to shut up about Basti wossit and remember her own origin.

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    Posted by carrick-bend (U2288869) on Monday, 22nd August 2011

    Ooh, Auntie C, I'd forgotten an#bout the stollen, too.

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