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Supermarket Review: Midlands Cooperative

A couple of weeks ago, I was invited to review my shopping experience at my local Midlands Cooperative supermarket in Dibdale Road, Dudley, West Midlands. I planned an entire week of dishes purchased when we went shopping there. Now we have tried all the food, I am now ready to give you my verdict on our entire experience.

Shopping Experience: We arrived at the store at about 2pm on a Sunday afternoon. The store car park was quiet and we were able to get a parent and child car parking space with ease. We went in and got a trolley and put Thomas in it. Unfortunately, we discovered that the trolleys did not have a lap strap to hold Thomas in so all the round the shop, he was able to move about quite easily. I did not think he would fall out but I was a bit on edge as he was moving about quite a bit.

The store was well laid out and despite not being as large as some other supermarkets in the wider area, it had a good selection of products which were all easy to find and logically laid out. I was impressed to find Iberico Chorizo and some Dorset Cereals porridge which I have been looking for a while. The baby area was small but had everything you needed. The fruit and vegetables had some empty areas but staff were refilling the shelves as we went round the store. When we got to the till to pay, there was only one person on. We did not have to queue for long but the people behind us did. (We had a trolley load!!) I think they should of brought someone else onto the till to assist the people behind us quicker.

Food Experience: For a week, we ate every dinner and some bits in between from the store (see meal plan) and I have to say, we were generally very impressed. We loved the Hot and Spicy chicken breasts and the tear & share garlic bread. All the meat and fish was of the highest quality. We were slightly disappointed by the steak and ale pie and the chilli con carne sauce as they were lacked in flavour and slightly bland. They both have the potential to be improved and I am sure with a few minor tweaks they would be amazing. The fajitas were from Discovery and were are on offer at the time of our visit. They were gorgeous and we will have them again in the future.

Overall Experience: We were very impressed with our overall experience. The store had a wide ranging selection of products, was well laid out and all the food sold there was of the highest quality. I wish we lived closer to this supermarket as I would probably go there quite a bit if I did not need to do a big shop but needed more than a corner shop range offered. I am going to keep my fingers crossed that they open one nearer to me soon!

Disclosure: I recieved a £10 gift voucher to put towards my shopping at the Cooperative. I have told them about the shopping trolley issue and they are looking into it. All opinions are my own. I was not required to write a positive review

 

Meal Planning Monday – 14th January 2013

Sorry I am a day late with this post. I am having one of those week’s where it feels like someone has stolen my energy. I hope they bring it back soon whoever they are! We mostly stuck to the meal plan last week but the fish, chips and mushy peas got dropped as we sneaked in an extra takeaway (naughty us!!), however they are frozen/tinned it will keep for another week.
This week my meal planning is slightly different as I have been invited by the Midlands Cooperative to review one of their supermarkets and the food they sell. Therefore, the majority of our food this week is coming from them. I will be writing a post next week about what we thought of our shopping experience and the quality of their products.
All food purchased at The Cooperative unless otherwise stated
Monday: Pizza takeaway (I know another one! – having a lazy start to the week)
Tuesday: Hot and Spicy Elmwood chicken breasts with chips
Wednesday: Pasta with Mediterranean sauce and garlic bread
Thursday: Salmon, new potatoes and salad
Friday: Chilli Con Carne made with jar of chilli sauce and rice
Saturday: Takeaway
Sunday: Chicken Fajitas – We are going on a shooting/archery experience for the day and need something quick and easy to make once we get home

For more meal plans, please see Mrs M’s Linky
Disclosure: I was sent a £10 gift voucher to do my shopping at the Midlands Cooperative and review my experience

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