I tried to buy my usual houmous, falafel, couscous, olives & flat bread yesterday, but shock horror, the shop on Tower Bridge Road is now closed. I could still buy fruit and veg. from the stall outside though.
Anybody knows why this has closed (so soon after they refurbished it) and what will happen to it?
Presumably you mean the Badr superette, formerly Woods the Butcher.
Well, in my view, the refurbishment was not a good thing. It changed hands just prior to the refurbishment, so one of the staff told me. They then had it shut for an entire month (January '07 if memory serves). Following which their range of products was greatly reduced and the quality of food sold dropped very significantly. Their vegetables used to be fresh and good; since they changed hands I've pulled dripping wet rotten potatoes out of the baskets. yeuch.
So, I'm not surprised.
The supermarket a bit closer to the bricklayers appears to have gone up in the world, so worth a try. They do veg.
The one thing I'll regret is their assortment of baklavas and sweets. Used to enjoy shopping there but the change of ownership has had a drastic negative impact.
I'm also buying veg and fruits at the Thames supermarket, the other shop the Mapmaker is referring to. The place is a bit hit and miss, but they've got to be encouraged in their attempt to be a bit different than the other costcutter clones.
From personal experience I can say that the pies at M Manze are very low quality. There is very little meat in there - more like a teaspoon of mince with some gravy. The bottom of the pie is very stodgy. The mash is ok, but I don't know why folks queue to get in the place. This is my experience after several visits.
I agree with the above - Badr Superette went noticeably downhill after the refurb. I pretty much stopped going in there because it just became a bit rubbish.
Recently-reopened Thames Express supermarket near Bricklayers Arms does seem to be making a real effort, although their selection is still probably about less than half of even the crappy Costcutter opposite The Hartley, let alone the 'deluxe' Costcutter on Great Dover Street.