The County Stores was, until recently, one of two. Now that the Williton store has become a Spar, this is the only one left.
It's a local-run grocers, not too different to the Harrods food hall! The emphasis is on service, in an olde worlde spirit.
Quality is also a watchword for this place. Very good, a little pricey but not as much as you'd think.
Never underestimate the bewitching aroma of dawn roasted coffee beans to entice customers into your shop! The store for the shire has been serving the good patrons of Taunton and it's surrounding villages for generations, effortlessly capturing the oldworldly department shopping experience.
Food and drink are its lifeblood, and coinesseurs will not be disappointed with the range available from a variety of counters: handmade chocolates; coffee; local meat and dairy deli; baked goods, liquor, fruit, veg and whole foods as well as many supermarket staples.
Upstairs, there is a quality giftshop and restaurant, topped off with wedding cake and wedding dress services for the soon to be maritally afflicted. And in the basement, there's a cosy cafe serving light bites and drinks.
I love the real rare charm about the place which is totally at odds with the modern shopping experience.
A fantastic, large, gift shop, I could spend half the day in here rather than the rushed 20 minutes of yesterday. The deli is enticing with everything displayed well and looking very fresh and colourful. There are also gifts of many kinds but I spent most of my time there in the card and stationery department. I had expected the greetings cards to be expensive but not so; in fact many of the beautiful and high-quality cards were less expensive than in the chains like Clinton and WHSmith. I was also impressed by the friendly and helpful service at the checkout. Definitely somewhere I will visit again when next in Taunton.
I make a point of visiting The County Stores everytime I go shopping in Taunton. The shop has a traditional feel to it and stocks lots different brands of coffee, tea, sweets and snacks.
Despite, being not very pricey the food is brilliant and the staff are very helpful. I would recommend visiting here. They serve meals such as jacket potatoes etc. The food is delicious and it is well worth a visit there.
were not having a good day here today upstairs in the restaurant, and neither were the customers. I am only awarding one star because zero
stars is not an option. We had popped in for
a light lunch, as we have done several times in the last couple of years and
our first visit here was probably about thirty years ago. Things used to be better I recall.
Today the solitary
serving lady (pic) had to make a quick decision and obviously anything 'quick' was
not going to come naturally to her. To
be fair she was having to handle the cash and items on the food counter. This I felt must be some transgression
against something to do with Brussels and I am not thinking sprouts. She had
clearly set herself a low standard of customer service and was determined not to achieve it. The decision involved picking out which of
the eight complaining customers she was going to sort out first. Unfortunately, yes this little piece is full
of that word, she misjudged the lady in the middle of the queue and the little
old man at the end because understandably they opened a vocal set to, the
winner of which would be crowned as 'Taunton's most painful customer of the
week'. They both came a joint first in
my estimation. But as we were at the
front of the queue we felt that our request for some help with the missing
cutlery (pic) should have had priority. Unfortunately, the serving lady snapped out at
us, because she was now thoroughly fed up, which is more than any of her
victims had any chance of becoming in the foreseeable, 'someone will be along
soon'. The chance of anyone 'being along' at all before the end of
life as we know it, was, unfortunately and clearly, very unlikely. To single out one
catering service disaster from another is tricky. I could begin with the lack, no absence, of
cutlery (pic) and plates, butter, the apparently
putrid cabbage, resembling as it did scrapings of moss off a soggy winter
lawn, the greasy trays, the inadequate staffing, the non-existent
management and that did not come from me but from the 'team leader' who later
told us, 'we don't have a manager' 'well surprise, surprise', we said. Let's hope they have
a better day tomorrow, but I don't suppose they will, unfortunately. Meanwhile we went round to Mr Miles (see revue).
I hadn't been in this store for more than 20 years, my grandmother used to come in here a lot. Amazingly it doesnt seem to have changed much. The store stretches back some way, the shelves are stacked with standard fare like heinz soups, but there are also delicacies like snails in tins. There is a meat and fish counter, sweet counter, and pick and mix. Unfortunately on the ground floor it is a little cramped as you que for the check out, and the credit card machine took ages to connect to the system, but this might have just been a busy day.
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