Ah, good 'ol M&S, the stalwart of the British high street. When all others crumble around them, Marks and Sparks still stands strong.
And why not? They have most things that you could possibly want. A good selection of clothes - yes, I'm not quite at the M&S stage of my life, but I feel myself hurtling towards it at an ever increasing rate! I'm not ashamed to admit that I do get my undies from here though, they have a good range and cover all the sizes.
They also have a good selection of children's and baby clothes - always a good choice for a gift for friends that can't stop copulating!
The food hall is amazing - probably not for the everyday shop, but for something a little special it makes a nice treat. Gifts, greetings cards, flowers...it really is a one stop shop.
I recently got my foreign currency from here too, commission free.
But what brings me here most often nowadays is the cafe upstairs. This may sound ridiculous knowing the vast number of coffee shops we have here in Brighton but it's actually a nice spot if you are in the centre of town. Plenty of space to sit down, good tea and coffee, freshly cooked scones still hot from the over (the cheese scones are to die for), sandwiches, cakes and much more. Go on, I dare you, give it a try!
Happy Birthday M&S.
125 years old this year and thanks to Stuart Rose, the first department store to lead the way and make a conscious effort to be as environmentally friendly as possible. As well as reducing their own waste and cutting down carrier bag useage, M&S have launched ranges using only organic and sustainable cotton and encouraged shoppers to recycle their old clothes at local charity shops.
From the outside, this M&S looks like a large, ground floor shop with offices above. It's actually a sprawling three storey shop however, with a gigantic food hall and womens clothes on the bottom, more women and mens wear on the first floor and homeware, customer services and a cafe on the second floor. Personally, I shop here regularly for the Per Una clothes, cosy knitwear and mouth-watering meals.
I have to confess - I have a big soft spot for Marks and Spencer. I think it has something to do with the fact that back home it's the only decent large shop we have. So I've quite literally grown up with it. It's like a second home. So naturally, given its greater size, I'm definitely going to be a fan of this Brighton Store.
While this Marks and Sparks is a good size (it covers several floors and departments) I think the weakest section has to be the food hall. Sure it has range - from sandwiches to cakes - but compared with say the clothing or the bedding department it feels deficient. Queues for tills can be long and laborious and if there are loads of people in the aisles things can get a bit cramped.
I do like the clothing department though - it's nice and big and generally something for everyone can be found. My sister for example gets a lot of her sixth form uniform bought here and sent back home to Jersey. The refund section is on the top floor along with a café and not too long ago another fast food section was added to the ground floor in the food hall - it sells chips and burger type food, which I think makes an interesting, if somewhat out of place, change for an M&S.
This place is a bit of a Tardis as it looks pretty small, but once your in, you may well never come out (especially if your with your mum).
I can't comment too much on the clothes ,other than to say it's affordable and usually good quality, I also can't say too much about the homeware section, other than to say it's well stocked and again quality. What though talk about with some assurance is the food.
Basically as we all know M&S now is probably more about the food than the clothes, as their ridiculous, and obviously successful ad campaigns allude to. The only problem with M&S food is just how expensive it is in comparison to the Tesco's or Sainsbury's and therefore, unless you have a decent income, is not going to be the destination for a weekly shop. But let's forget about reality, and just focus on the mouth watering array of ready meals that take around 20 minutes to produce, such as the salmon with minted new potatoes and vegetables, or Thai style chicken with noodles. There is also a low fat range called 'Count on Us' with Ham and Mushroom pizza (390 calories, or 6 Weightwatcher points) and the Vegetable Stew with Dumplings perfect for the winter and only 340 calories (6 WW points). If your in a rush, the sandwiches are real good, and rival some of Pret's output with their finest Crayfish sandwiches at around £3.60. However there's also a cheap range of basic sandwiches for £1.50, such as Smoked British ham and mustard, and free range egg and watercress.
I wish i was rich though and could afford the ready meals everyday.
It's a British institution and i still turn to it for underwear snd socks! This is branch comes with all the trimmings- it has the full food hall, men's, women's, and kids ranges.on the second floor there is also a cafe and a small homes section with kitchen stuff and linens. M&S endures as the one stop shop for basics and good quality higher end supermarket food-their cookies are hard to beat. And it's tried in recent years to combine basics with trendy clothes, which is where in my opinion, it fails a little-this branch is well laid out and tidy and it still looks so cluttered, so full of stuff! It makes me tired even glancing at the clothes-streamline the styles please,less is more!
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