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    • mcculloch29
    • By mcculloch29 26th Mar 14, 1:50 PM
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    Heron Foods/Farmfoods Freezer Shops -spot any good buys?
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    • 26th Mar 14, 1:50 PM
    Heron Foods/Farmfoods Freezer Shops -spot any good buys? 26th Mar 14 at 1:50 PM
    I am lucky enough to have a branch of Heron Foods in my town. It's a discount freezer chain, similar to Farmfoods (but a bit better in my opinion). It stocks heavily discounted brand names and unbranded foods at rock bottom prices.

    In the spirit of the 'Good/Bad Buys at Aldi/Lidl' thread, I thought I'd start a thread focusing on these stores, so that we can share news of good buys.

    Hopefully keeping it positive, with not too many posts saying you wouldn't be seen dead shopping there...

    In Heron in particular, the special offers on brand names come and go in a twinkling, but there are some constants.

    I really like their frozen lambs' liver at 450g for £1. It's too small to fry in pieces but is brilliant for faggots, liver pate and for casseroles.

    The cooking bacon is often very salty but also often has huge chunks of gammon in - brilliant for pies, quiches, casseroles, faggots (again!) and pizzas.
    Oxo cubes are the cheapest I have seen anywhere at £1 for 18, and they often have Vimto cordial - both regular and sugar-free - at £1.

    I could go on and on but does anyone else have some good buys to share from these stores? (Or advice on what to avoid? Hopefully there won't be too many of those items. )
    Erma Bombeck, American writer: "If I had my life to live over again... I would have burned the pink candle, sculptured like a rose, that melted in storage." Don't keep things 'for best' - that day never comes. Use them and enjoy them now.
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    • Doc N
    • By Doc N 8th Jan 18, 1:08 PM
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    Heron Foods finds, deals and bargains thread
    Probably time we had a thread for this, particularly since its takeover by B&M last July:

    http://heronfoods.com/

    A great place to find short-dated but excellent quality items, but they don't tend to last too long.

    Just to kick off:

    500ml (normal size) Hšagen-Dazs Blueberries and Cream ice cream: £1.49
    • Teahfc
    • By Teahfc 8th Jan 18, 1:39 PM
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    This one not big enough then ?

    http://forums.moneysavingexpert.com/showthread.php?t=4931730

    Mods can you merge threads please.
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    • Doc N
    • By Doc N 8th Jan 18, 7:48 PM
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    This one not big enough then ?

    http://forums.moneysavingexpert.com/showthread.php?t=4931730

    Mods can you merge threads please.
    Originally posted by Teahfc
    Noted, but:

    1 This isn't exactly the most visible of threads (search didn't bring it up) and it doesn't get many posts.

    2 The idea was to create a separate thread just for Heron, because it has nothing whatever to do with Farmfoods and operates on an entirely different business model, unlike Aldi and Lidl, which do share a thread.

    3 Heron has a lot of short-term short-dated items which frequently appear on HUKD but rarely on MSE. This is an attempt to improve that for members of MSE who don't happen to belong to HUKD.
    • mcculloch29
    • By mcculloch29 8th Jan 18, 11:09 PM
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    Thanks Doc. I set up the thread and included Farmfoods only because Heron Foods aren't a national company. I never visit Farmfoods myself.
    Anyway, I was in Heron today...
    Erma Bombeck, American writer: "If I had my life to live over again... I would have burned the pink candle, sculptured like a rose, that melted in storage." Don't keep things 'for best' - that day never comes. Use them and enjoy them now.
    • mcculloch29
    • By mcculloch29 8th Jan 18, 11:35 PM
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    Heron Foods 08.01.18
    Today's visit to my local Heron Foods (County Durham) brought up a raft of post Christmas bargains.
    Chiller
    Big bargain that I spotted was twin packs of ready rolled JusRol puff and shortcrust pastry for 60p.
    These will freeze, please note and although it says 'use in a month', I've used January buys at Easter before now.

    500g packs of dairy and gluten free spread 59p.

    The cooking bacon is back! A kilo of mis-shapes for £1.29

    Lots of Seriously Strong Cheese Spreads, 99p I think

    Butternut and Red Pepper soup pouches 50p

    RTD Emmi coffees 39p each or 3 for a quid

    Lots of lovely speciality sliced meats -chorizo, pancetta, serrano ham for around a quid.

    200g President Brie 69p

    250g Camembert £1.

    Quorn Chilli and Lemon Sliced Fillets 160g 69p
    The usual suspects - £1 meatballs, gammon steaks, wide range of cheeses including some speciality truckles.

    Dry goods
    Now includes a widening range of toiletries and cleaning items, plus paracetamol, ibuprofen and loperamide (Imodium).

    225g Planters fruit and nuts 39p , 3 for a £1.

    Belvita biscuits 8 pack choc & hazelnut 99p

    Knorr pastes - curry, mushroom risotto, Spanish paella 46g 39p

    Jaffa Cake blondies pack of 4 for 99p

    Parsons' Cockles £1.39 a jar. Mussels 89p

    Freezer.
    Usual Xsell goodies - cod fillets, £1.50, deep pan pizzas £1
    Ready cooked Pork Ribsteaks, 10 for 8, £1.50.
    Chicken Tikka pieces £1.50 (or £1, can't remember)
    Big 750g bags mushy peas, under £1, not sure of price

    Chicken Tikka, Pulled Pork, Italian Meatball wraps 75p

    Big bags Quorn mince £2.50
    Erma Bombeck, American writer: "If I had my life to live over again... I would have burned the pink candle, sculptured like a rose, that melted in storage." Don't keep things 'for best' - that day never comes. Use them and enjoy them now.
    • sarah1972
    • By sarah1972 9th Jan 18, 5:17 AM
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    Noted, but:

    1 This isn't exactly the most visible of threads (search didn't bring it up) and it doesn't get many posts.

    2 The idea was to create a separate thread just for Heron, because it has nothing whatever to do with Farmfoods and operates on an entirely different business model, unlike Aldi and Lidl, which do share a thread.

    3 Heron has a lot of short-term short-dated items which frequently appear on HUKD but rarely on MSE. This is an attempt to improve that for members of MSE who don't happen to belong to HUKD.
    Originally posted by Doc N

    As per our PM.
    If they are 2 totally different companies who operate entirely different then feel free to open 2 threads. One for Heron and one for Farmfoods.

    Once both threads are open, this one can be closed.


    I know you are the OP of the original thread so I hope thats ok with you mcculloch ?, any probs/thoughts, pop me a pm.
    Last edited by sarah1972; 09-01-2018 at 5:53 AM.
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    • mcculloch29
    • By mcculloch29 9th Jan 18, 5:53 AM
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    As per our PM.
    If they are 2 totally different companies who operate entirely different then feel free to open 2 threads. One for Heron and one for Farmfoods.

    Once both threads are open, this one can be closed.

    I know you are the OP of the original thread so I hope thats ok with you mcculloch ?, any probs/thoughts, pop me a pm.
    Originally posted by sarah1972
    Aw, I liked my thread and was proud of it, but Doc N is a trusted poster over on the Aldi and Lidl thread. Which oddly, enough are two separate companies, but never mind...!
    However, I donít go in Farmfoods, so if someone wants to start a separate Farmfoods thread, feel free!
    Erma Bombeck, American writer: "If I had my life to live over again... I would have burned the pink candle, sculptured like a rose, that melted in storage." Don't keep things 'for best' - that day never comes. Use them and enjoy them now.
    • sarah1972
    • By sarah1972 9th Jan 18, 5:55 AM
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    Aw, I liked my thread and was proud of it, but Doc N is a trusted poster over on the Aldi and Lidl thread. Which oddly, enough are two separate companies, but never mind...!
    However, I don’t go in Farmfoods, so if someone wants to start a separate Farmfoods thread, feel free!
    Originally posted by mcculloch29

    Aw bless you!

    Keep this thread and change the title to Heron Foods and then a new farm foods one can be opened? xx

    I dont have either shop anywhere near me so I have never viewed this thread until now and I cam see that you actually started it as Heron and only added farm foods as they are national (although I have never heard of them) and you have put lots of effort into keeping it up to date.
    Last edited by sarah1972; 09-01-2018 at 6:07 AM.
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    • Doc N
    • By Doc N 9th Jan 18, 7:34 AM
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    I'd be more than happy to see this thread stay as it is, but devoted solely to Heron - particularly as Heron is now owned by B&M and likely to have a greater presence.

    I know Farmfoods, but they tend not to have the same sort of short-dated, big discount deals that Heron have. If somebody wants to set up a separate thread for them..........

    My interest is just in seeing Heron on MSE getting the same sort of attention as it does on HUKD. No personal axe to grind (if only!) - just felt it deserves more attention.

    Thanks, Sarah and McCulloch - and a great list of offers McCulloch!
    • mcculloch29
    • By mcculloch29 9th Jan 18, 7:50 AM
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    I'd be more than happy to see this thread stay as it is, but devoted solely to Heron - particularly as Heron is now owned by B&M and likely to have a greater presence.

    I know Farmfoods, but they tend not to have the same sort of short-dated, big discount deals that Heron have. If somebody wants to set up a separate thread for them..........

    My interest is just in seeing Heron on MSE getting the same sort of attention as it does on HUKD. No personal axe to grind (if only!) - just felt it deserves more attention.

    Thanks, Sarah and McCulloch - and a great list of offers McCulloch!
    Originally posted by Doc N
    Thank you so much, Doc.
    I couldn't agree more about Heron deserving more attention. They sell good quality goods, if you see a brand name in my fridge or freezer you can bet your bottom dollar it came from Heron, and for up to a quarter of the price it would be in Mr's T, As, Sains, Morri or Wtrse. A!di does compete well for Heron's Quorn prices, but that's an exception, rather than the rule.
    Erma Bombeck, American writer: "If I had my life to live over again... I would have burned the pink candle, sculptured like a rose, that melted in storage." Don't keep things 'for best' - that day never comes. Use them and enjoy them now.
    • Doc N
    • By Doc N 9th Jan 18, 8:03 AM
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    Couldn't agree more. Any more posts in this thread would be very much welcomed.

    Sorry to have stirred up such a hornets' nest!
    • sarah1972
    • By sarah1972 9th Jan 18, 9:57 AM
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    Couldn't agree more. Any more posts in this thread would be very much welcomed.

    Sorry to have stirred up such a hornets' nest!
    Originally posted by Doc N
    Lol, you didnít stir up a hornets nest. You started a discussion on the possibility of having 2 threads and it was decided that mcculloch is doing such a fine job that it was ok as it is 😀
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    • mcculloch29
    • By mcculloch29 10th Jan 18, 10:14 AM
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    Just a quick heads-up for a current Heron chiller buy that is divine. Look for black wax-wrapped mini truckles of Wensleydale Creamery's Mature Cheddar with Black Sheep Brewery's Riggwelter Ale. £1.
    This is a very, very creamy Cheddar, not suitable for grating, but that would be a waste. It's a lovely strong, mature Cheddar, up there with Colliers' Cheddar in terms of flavour, but much softer and creamier.
    Erma Bombeck, American writer: "If I had my life to live over again... I would have burned the pink candle, sculptured like a rose, that melted in storage." Don't keep things 'for best' - that day never comes. Use them and enjoy them now.
    • ScarletMarble
    • By ScarletMarble 12th Jan 18, 3:27 PM
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    Spotted in the Heron I was in today
    . Packs of 12 McVities Jaffa Cakes - 39p - didn't check the date, Yet had the shrunken twin pack for £1. Pointed this out to a customer
    . Doritos Heat Burst chips, both Salsa and BBQ -39p date 27/1
    . Cadbury Dairy Milk Oreo Peanut butter 120g - 2 for £1 - dated early March
    . Coco Community organic coconut water 250ml - 30p - dated mid Feb
    . Philadelphia Flip n Dip all flavours 130g - 4 for £1 dated 25-28 Jan. The supermarkets are charging £1.50 each!
    . Muller Fruitopolis 4 pots - Raspberry and another fruit - 69p dated 24th Jan

    I didn't check the frozen stuff as got no room in the freezer!
    • MysteryMe
    • By MysteryMe 12th Jan 18, 8:24 PM
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    I wish I had a Heron or Farmfoods near me, seems like there are some great bargains in both!
    • pws52
    • By pws52 18th Jan 18, 6:02 PM
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    As a result of reading this thread I paid my first visit to a Heron store having driven past it many times!

    I bought some frozen battered white fish, £1.50 for four good sized pieces.
    Just eaten one....so impressed I intend buying more next time I pass.
    Also bought some fusilli pasta which was 10p cheaper than Aldi.
    Branston Baked Beans were three tins for £1.

    Wish I had visited before!
    • mcculloch29
    • By mcculloch29 19th Jan 18, 1:25 AM
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    As a result of reading this thread I paid my first visit to a Heron store having driven past it many times!

    I bought some frozen battered white fish, £1.50 for four good sized pieces.
    Just eaten one....so impressed I intend buying more next time I pass.
    Also bought some fusilli pasta which was 10p cheaper than Aldi.
    Branston Baked Beans were three tins for £1.

    Wish I had visited before!
    Originally posted by pws52
    Yay, a convert! Whisper it, but some of the white fish with a tempura batter is that sold by a major retailer for three times the price. The Xsell fish may be slightly mis-shapen or have a bit of coating missing. That's it. Plus no expensive packaging where you can't see what you are buying.
    Thank you for posting, and helping to spread the word.
    Erma Bombeck, American writer: "If I had my life to live over again... I would have burned the pink candle, sculptured like a rose, that melted in storage." Don't keep things 'for best' - that day never comes. Use them and enjoy them now.
    • PLRFD
    • By PLRFD 19th Jan 18, 7:46 AM
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    As a result of reading this thread I paid my first visit to a Heron store having driven past it many times!

    I bought some frozen battered white fish, £1.50 for four good sized pieces.
    Just eaten one....so impressed I intend buying more next time I pass.
    Also bought some fusilli pasta which was 10p cheaper than Aldi.
    Branston Baked Beans were three tins for £1.

    Wish I had visited before!
    Originally posted by pws52
    Unfortunately you've found it just as B&M have taken it over and the prices are going up,also the good but cheap frozen veg that was 2 for £1 is now a victim of shrinkflation and is in a bigger pack at an increased price so we pay more and get less.It's still worth a visit but but I don't go as often now.
    • mcculloch29
    • By mcculloch29 20th Jan 18, 1:07 PM
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    Unfortunately you've found it just as B&M have taken it over and the prices are going up,also the good but cheap frozen veg that was 2 for £1 is now a victim of shrinkflation and is in a bigger pack at an increased price so we pay more and get less.It's still worth a visit but but I don't go as often now.
    Originally posted by PLRFD
    With the exception of the veg, I haven't noticed that much change, tbh. The bread is more expensive than Aldi, and many of the standard 'dry' lines are the same price as Aldi, but you do get a brand name for your money, if you are of the opinion that they are better, (I'm not).
    However, this was always the case. The specials are the ones to look for.

    I'm pleased the cooking bacon is back, it's now Irish, rather than Danish, incidentally. I would recommend going earlier in the day, than later, but sometimes mine re-stocks mid afternoon, so you never quite know if the super-duper bargains will be in stock.
    Yogurts are usually very good value, cottage cheese and 'standard' cheese is often cheaper in Aldi, but you get great value speciality cheeses and meats, quite often.
    Erma Bombeck, American writer: "If I had my life to live over again... I would have burned the pink candle, sculptured like a rose, that melted in storage." Don't keep things 'for best' - that day never comes. Use them and enjoy them now.
    • Ken68
    • By Ken68 20th Jan 18, 1:27 PM
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    The upside for me shopping at Heron is that it is near the bus stop. The downside is no unit pricing though most prices compare well.
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