• “Nothing keeps me away from my Percy Pigs, not even 10 mile long queues.” in 2 reviews

  • “It's a mum's favourite, so a nice bath gel or own branded perfume will never go wrong for a birthday.” in 4 reviews

  • “The fruit and vegetables here are also top notch, if not a little expensive.” in 2 reviews

  • 4.0 star rating
    3/12/2013
    13 check-ins here

    Love M&S food and although I don't shop in here every week then I do pop in a couple of times a month to stock up.

    Food is still good quality - I used to work in food manufacturing for an M&S producer so I know how strict they are on quality.

    Plus, I'm very impressed with their ever increasing range of gluten free foods - lots of things previously off limits are available here - sauces, chicken in breadcrumbs, Christmas cakes, and all the 'bits' needed for Chrimbo - the food catelogue is sheer food porn and all products are clearly labelled as to whether they are suitable for dietary requirements.

    It is worth popping in - the meal for £10 is good value (for two people or several nights meals if you live alone) and they sometimes have good deals on booze (champagne which is lovely at £16 a bottle currently).

    Yes, it can be a bit rammed on a Saturday afternoon, but sharpen those elbows to grab your goodies. This is my pampering place for good quality food, so M&S, I love ya!

  • 4.0 star rating
    13/8/2013
    2 check-ins here

    I've only used this store to buy sparkling water,

    strangely this store has a drinks fridge and sandwich fridge by the door followed by rails of granny clothes.

    The tills are difficult to find if you have not been here before.

    I saw that the 500 ml bottles of water 20p cheaper here than Glasgow.

    Marks and spencer do make good coffee, l have not been to the café here yet but will do so soon.

  • 4.0 star rating
    2/5/2013

    I love Marks and Spencer. It has always been the exciting options for picnic lunches, baked goods and innovative dishes which you just don't find at other supermarkets. It is more expensive for most things, though this price difference is usually evident in the quality of the products. Because of the price difference, I do find that this a place to come occasional, when in need of a treat!

    My boyfriend and I come here with a few things in mind usually: veggie Percy pigs (these are seriously addictive), the individual pots of raspberry jelly (which is vegetarian), and I come for here for the fantastic gluten free selection.

    The gluten free options here are limited, but quite innovative in relation to the competition. Alongside own brand GF loaves and rolls: hot cross buns, rich fruit cake, chocolate and cherry cake (my 2nd favourite), frangipane tray bake (my ABSOLUTE favourite-buttery, dense, intense), lemon cake (personally I found the lemon icing very weird and the sponge a bit dry), and various other seasonal offerings. This is great when Tesco just offers few treats and the bare minimum in terms of staples. I would love it if M&S could develop their own GF pastries, especially croissants...

    The fruit and vegetables here are also top notch, if not a little expensive. I discovered jazz apples here, way before other supermarkets had cottoned on to their superiority in flavour and texture. I bought the best mango I have had in the UK at this branch of M&S last year... It was imported from Brazil, ripe, sweet and flavoursome.

    I am not a ready meal person, but if I were I would buy them from here. I have bought the veggie nut roasts here on several occasions for Christmas when eating at a relative's house, and they have never disappointed. There is a good selection for veggies and many different cuisines, including French, Greek, Spanish, Indian, traditional British, Thai and Chinese. The aim is often to create fusion or authentic food.

    The puddings here are very exciting and the television adverts are notorious for ruining diets... Salted caramel profiteroles? Panettone bread pudding? Admittedly some of the standards are hit and miss, I am positive that the apple crumble from Sainsbury is better. In terms of innovation though, M&S wins.

    M&S is a department store and does sell clothes, stuff for the home, gifts and various other necessities and luxuries. I am not very familiar with their clothes, though I know my mum is crazy about them... The gifts often look pretty. There are several cafes in the store, and on the ground floor there is a travel exchange. The rate is often quite competitive.

    To conclude, think of M&S as a luxury brand and don't get too shocked at the prices. Maybe this isn't the place to buy everything, but it can certainly become a favourite for certain luxurious goods.

  • 2.0 star rating
    9/3/2011
    1 check-in here

    Markies meals are a taste of my child-hood. They're like home-cooking to me. (That's not to say my mum didn't cook home meals, she did - very well. But on her night's off, we got our markies meal and chocolate pud. Yum.) Where am I going with this? Ah yes. Me and Markies. I really like M&S, especially their food. And when they launched their 'Simply Food' focus and stores a few years back I was overjoyed.

    This review isn't of the brand, or the quality of food itself. Its of this particular store. It's right in the middle of Princes Street, great location. But holy moly is it a labyrinth inside! There are semi-floors on floors, escalators in 4 different places on the shop floor - front, back, and middle going sideways. What....?

    My biggest gripe however is the opening hours. It is a food supermarket (there's a whole simply food downstairs, and it's a big 'un). And it's only open till 7pm. WHAT?!

    When I lived in Glasgow, there was a Simply Food on Byres Road that stayed open till 10pm. So if I went to the gym after work I was guaranteed a tasty M&S meal after. Or if I went to the pub. Or did some late night shopping. Or went to an evening networking event.

    So when I looked up the hours and saw this one closed at 7pm, when almost every other big supermarket I know closes at 10pm, I really thought they need to get that sorted. Like, really. This girl has Iced Spiced Buns and heaty-up moussaka cravings y'know!

  • 4.0 star rating
    21/7/2010

    C'mon!  It's Marks & Spencer!  If you're visiting the U.K., you've gotta stop at Marks & Spencer.  I remember visiting one in London when I was on a high school field trip many years ago.  As another reviewer says, they're changing their old image in order to lure younger customers.  I remember the one I visited back in '94 was oh-so conservative.  I was shedding my grunge image back then.

    It reminds me of the old Kaufmann's in my native Pittsburgh before Macy's got its hands on that venerable institution.  This place has a foodhall.  Kaufmann's had a foodhall.  This place has a bakery, wine shop, and floral shop.  Kaufmann's had them too.  This place has electronics and, well you get the idea.

    The women's department reigns supreme here.  Although I didn't intend on buying anything, I did manage a couple of Fair Trade T-shirts.

  • 5.0 star rating
    17/11/2011

    What is there not to love about a Marks and Spencer Cafe!?!? They are easy to find....... pretty much safe to assume if you are in Marks and Spencer you are going along the right track! They are reliable, they have a wide selection of cakes, sandwiches, toasties, and hot meals too, it is cheap, oh and the little mini biscuit you get with hot drinks (it is the small things that matter!)

    Ok, so I decided it had been a while since I had gone and had my favourite, a cheese scone (they are SOOO tasty!) and a Chai Tea Latte. On a serious note, Chai Tea Latte fans, you have to, you must, I thoroughly encourage you to go to a Marks and Spencer cafe...... why??? They make the best Chai Tea Latte I have EVER had!! They use proper chai teabags, not syrupy stuff that tastes like it, and it is like a big massive christmassy hug in quite a lovely sized mug!

    Granted whenever I go here I am by and far and a way the youngest customer by about 40 years, but I love it!?? I would much rather sit here in a nice, quiet, friendly atmosphere than some bustling city centre cafe full of rude people who are constantly in a rush! Plus you can wander round the food court afterwards to eye up more goodies to take home. Winner all round.

  • 5.0 star rating
    12/6/2010

    As quintessentially British as fish and chips, moaning about the weather and bitterness, Marks and Sparks has went for an image change over the past few years, and as the other reviewers have pointed out, have had some success in dumping their fuddy duddy image and luring in younger customers to their fashion section.

    However, despite being clearly at the cutting edge of fashion, it's still always the food hall that drags me in. It's no myth that everything from a pre-packed ham sandwich to a full ready meal here tastes better than almost anywhere else, and although it is undeniably quite pricey you really do get what you pay for at M&S. My most recent highlight was a crispy chinese chicken dish that was easily restaurant quality, and a tub of the most moreish flapjacks imaginable.

    Top notch.

  • 1.0 star rating
    7/5/2010

    Swanky capital of the world.

    It's only M&S i kept saying to myself, as I was passed around from Customer Service rep to manager to checkout girl, each showing me nothing but contempt and making me feel like I wasn't welcome in the shop.

    I think it had something to do with my with Misfits t-shirt and my old trainers. I didn't know there was a dress code for buying a sandwich!

    Tighter than Jenners, avoid.

  • 4.0 star rating
    1/4/2013

    I have forgiven M&S for leaving my home town now! Their products and quality have always impressed me so whenever I am in a town or city with a shop I inevitably visit, mainly for the food hall but also occasionally for clothing (I am not a fashion fetishist obviously).

  • 4.0 star rating
    15/9/2013
    1 check-in here

    This review will be about the supermarket downstairs as I have not been into the shopping part. This place is one of the best things on Princes st if you ask me! I have walked by the entrance  dozens of times and today as I did not get my bratwurst I was craving I finally decided to go down into this place. I LOVED IT! Its a big supermarket and the only giant one on Princes st. It had a good supply of lunch items like sandwiches and best of all Salads! Like a wall of fresh salads I was really impressed. The little bakery looked good as well as the wine section with lots of choices. Theres also 2 little cafes that serve food and coffees. I had a edamame salad and enjoyed it in the sit down area of the cafe. The prices are not to horrible either especially for the quality of the food which is awesome! So I have found my new quick lunch area when I feel like eating healthy and I recommend folks going here if you feel the same as I.

  • 4.0 star rating
    21/5/2010

    I don't shop in Marks and Spencers for clothes as I haven't reached forty and don't have three kids. But I do love:

    1. Their underwear department. There always seems to be a sale section full of ridiculous bargains. I got a bra in here for 98p. 98p! How many things can you still buy for 98p? As a bargain hunter, this makes me happy.

    2. The home department. This store doesn't have the best home department in all the Marks and Sparks, but they do have some nice things. And again, there can be some fantastic reductions in some good quality gear. I got a nice blanket in here for a tenner which keeps me nice and warm during the cold winter. And summer.

    3. The food department. Everyone knows about Marks and Sparks food department and if you don't, well you don't deserve to shop there. Percy Pigs: Nuff said.

    Yes Marks and Spencers might be a little old fashioned and snobby, but it keeps the Neds out (which I am convicted are taking over the country) and maintains high standards. You can usually rely on good customer service too.

  • 4.0 star rating
    27/5/2010

    This Marks and Sparks feeds the masses.

    It's right in the middle of Princes Street so whenever the power-suits or baggy-briefed alike need their lunch, they come here. It's convenient and the food is good - why not! I can highly, highly recommend their sweet chilli prawns. I'm salivating at the thought.

    However, it's a bit of a victim of its own success. If you hit it at the wrong time, everything is gone, or if you hit it at the right time then you have to queue for about 10 minutes. I've seen myself eating my lunch in the queue and giving the cashier an empty wrapper to charge me.

    Their food is brilliant though, you can't deny it.

  • 5.0 star rating
    2/7/2010

    This branch of Marks and Spencers is huge, and located right in the middle of Princes Street. As well as clothes, food and accessories, Marks and Spencer do a great range of gifts and kids toys, which are great value for money.

    I always pop in here to pick something up for lunch. I usually go for the sushi snack box, which is £1.15 or the King Prawn and sweet chilli wrap which comes in at just under £4, pretty expensive for a small wrap but I can't fault the taste! The bottled smoothies and fresh juices are brilliant too, and a wee bag of chocolate covered toffee popcorn is just irresistible! Yum!

    Fantastic for greetings cards too, I usually get nice wedding cards out of here. It's a mum's favourite, so a nice bath gel or own branded perfume will never go wrong for a birthday. My mum loved a bottle of perfume I got her from here for Mother's Day, and it was really inexpensive at £9.

    You can't go wrong with M&S!

  • 5.0 star rating
    10/8/2010

    I LOVE Marks and Spencers food. The melt in mouth chocolate cookies, the delicious range of sandwiches, the crisp vegetable pizzas and not forgetting Percy Pigs!

    This is an excellent branch on Marks & Sparks simply food, it's huge so has an excellent selection but the only downside is that it can get ridiculously busy due to it's prime location on Princes Street but I don't let that put me off venturing in. Nothing keeps me away from my Percy Pigs, not even 10 mile long queues.

    If there's one thing I spend a lot of money on, it's food. Eating is my favourite thing to do and I just can't resist the goodness of trusty old Markies!

    I was doing a bit of shopping in nearby Topshop and was getting a little bit tired out, it's hard work being a shopaholic you know! So, I decided to head along to Simply Food for a bite to eat. I had a hankering for their delicious chicken cous cous salad box with pumpkin, green beans and balsamic vinegar dressing. I made a bee-line for the sandwiches section and snatched up a box of my favourite salad. I couldn't resist browsing the sandwiches and ended up getting a salmon and cream cheese sarnie too. Once I'd grabbed a juice box and a cookie I was on my merry way to the checkout.

    As I was leaving I noticed that this huge branch of Simply Foods has it's very own cafe so I perched down and started gorging on my reasonably large lunch. Absolutely delicious.

    • Qype User Emmam…
    • Queensferry, Edinburgh
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    3.0 star rating
    17/11/2008

    The store has recently undergone a lot of refurbishment and has lost something of its character - and its coherence -along with it.
    Previously the food hall was accessible easily from the front of the store and the back - now you have to go in through a side door and down steps to get to it and it is very oddly laid out and crammed into a very small space which is a shame as it really used to be its saving grace.
    Now on the 1st floor they have a mish-mash of ladies clothing and the home department and the kids clothes are stuck in the bag next to the cafe. It really needs to get a bit more organised, or at lease give you a map so you know you are going in the right direction!

  • 1.0 star rating
    20/3/2012

    I'm not a huge fan of M&S I think because I didn't grow up here and so it's not been a part of my childhood.  I don't really get the hype and hype tends to put me off places.  But, I'm not actually here to review M&S products, I'm reviewing the  online store/customer service/delivery service.

    They use this ridiculous delivery service located out in Livingston that only holds on to packages for 5 days before sending them back.  If you are having a busy week and get in touch asking them to hold onto it for an extra day, they basically tell you to GTF and speak to M&S.  So you then go speak to M&S about it and they say "yes no problem, we will send it out for an extra delivery for you because the delivery company messed up and didn't leave it in a safe place as you requested" and you think "cool, what good customer service!"  But then that "extra delivery" never shows and when you contact M&S in a rage because the package has now been returned to them they say "oh yeah, we got in touch with the delivery company too late to schedule another delivery, but here's £5 so when you re-order the product, you can get special shipping."  You then go back to them and say "uh, thanks for telling me that the product was going to be redelivered when it actually wasn't, and thanks for the £5, but actually I bought that expensive product with a 20% off voucher which I can't use anymore so £5 really isn't going to cover it" and you know what they do then?  Ignore you.  

    Or at least, they ignore me when the above happens to me.  

    Moral of the story is, however you feel about M&S food, products and clothing, their delivery company is difficult to deal with if you have a busy life (especially when they ignore instructions to leave packages with neighbors or in a safe place), and the customer service isn't willing to do anything do keep a customer.  

    Their customer complaint forms are even poorly set up so instead of containing a history of communication between M&S and the customer, you have to file something new every time and could theoretically get a new rep every time who had no idea what you're talking about.  

    It's a shame because it really is a UK institution (and especially a shame because dammit I wanted those lights), but I absolutely won't be shopping here again.

  • 4.0 star rating
    7/5/2010

    I'm a big M&S fan, perhaps it's something ingrained in me because of my upbringing and British culture, but in my mind the brand is synonymous with quality and good taste. Their clothes are not at the cutting edge of fashion, but if you need a good pair of black trousers or a cashmere jumper they come up tops every time. This store is brilliant as it manages to have everything under one(sprawling) roof: men's, women's and children's clothes, lingerie, home ware, a food hall and a cafe - all in the centre of Princes Street. The women's deparment is vast; it includes the slightly more expensive Autograph collection, a fantastic range of basic items (plain coloured vests, simple jumpers etc) and lots of cosy PJs. Their sales are a great time to visit as everything is massively reduced and the returns policy is very generous.

    • Qype User tomq8…
    • Edinburgh
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    4.0 star rating
    20/1/2009

    The Marks & Spencer store in the Princes Street of Edinburgh, it offeres you a variety of products. It went thourgh a refurbishment last year, which makes the inferior of the store modern. The storeis suitiated on few floors, which makes it hard to found what you need. It makes it quite confusing and difficult to find all you want, but you can always use the help of friendly staff.

    • Qype User CatOnT…
    • Edinburgh
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    4.0 star rating
    31/3/2010

    This is a flagship M&S store in the sought-after shopping precinct of Princes street.

    I'll admit it, I'm a victim of the media. I've fallen for M&S after their clever ad campaign with Twiggy, Myleene Klass and now Danni Minogue. It was Myleene that really did it for me, because after seeing her model a short jacket, I knew I really, really wanted it. So after my next pay cheque I decided I'd take myself down and venture to the land where very few young-20 somethings have been before; I went shopping in Marks & Spencer.
    Sadly, they no longer had my jacket. But to my sheer surprise I managed to pick up several great items in the process of looking for it. In particular, a couple of great knits- most are quite reasonably priced and the quality is miles better than a lot of other high street stores. I also found a gorgeous chiffon dress at their 'Limited Edition Collection' at the front of the shop. Don't leave M&S to your mums and grannies, you should have a look next time you're in town.

  • 3.0 star rating
    22/5/2009
    First to Review

    This Marks and Spencers store in Edinburgh is very large, its has several floors for different products, homeware, clothing, coffee shop, etc. It gets very busy there during lunch time hours but the till operators are rather speedy at their jobs so you don't have to wait around too long in the queues. They sells some really nice looking women clothings, as well as mens, childrens and homeware items too. The quality of the items are excellent and not too pricey either. Defintely a nice place to go and visit to when your in Edinburgh.

    • Qype User Blueel…
    • Winchester, Hampshire
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    3.0 star rating
    26/5/2009

    Marks and Spencers has always been a well known department store and has there products have always lasted a very long time. This store in particular is based on Princes Street in Edinburgh and close to all other high street stores, including another top department store called Jenners. This Marks and Spencers has several floors and it can get very busy in there, especially the cafe which is on the lower ground floor of the building. Because of its nice location it is close to the train station and bus routes. Also, the interior of the store is very nice, light and easy to follow areas. Its a great place to get something light to eat and theres a park opposite the store for a nice picnic eating area.

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