Travels with a Gourmet

a food lover's travels, memorable meals, culinary trials and gastronomic experiences

>I sit on my terrace and enjoy the view of the Mediterranean with the rock of Gibraltar looming in the distance and used to wonder what it was like. After three years here, we’d finally made it to the famous limestone promontory on a Sunday a few weeks back just to have a look. On that day we crossed the border quickly, parked the car and stopped at a nondescript pub for a quick lunch then walked some more until we reached the large square at the end of main street where more restaurants and cafes were situated. We didn’t have time to explore more and see the sights.

This time, our short trip to Gibraltar was all about heading to Morrisons and seeing for ourselves what i was like. The supermarket is quite large with a cafe and a petrol station (where it’s supposedly 30% cheaper to fill up than in Spain). I had low expectations because of mixed reviews about Morrisons since most said that it was the same as shopping in the local supermarkets Hipercor and Supersol. I have to disagree. It isn’t the same, it’s way better and with the current favorable exchange making the Pound almost equal to the Euro, it’s cheaper too.

Why is it better? Well, there’s definitely more variety – fruits and vegetables (e.g young corn, sugar snap peas, fresh green chilies), fresh-baked bread (e.g. whole wheat buns and granary loaf), organic baby products (e.g. Hipp baby food, organic rusks), healthy lunchbox snacks (e.g. mini boxes of raisins and dried apricots), a fantastic assortment of ready meals (e.g. New Covent Garden Food Co. soups), crisps & chips (e.g. Kettle Chips, pretzels) and lots of English magazines and books at half the price. I’ve always been a bit skeptical about those who would cross over regularly to do their shopping in Gibraltar but now I see that I might have to do the same at least once every six weeks. In the end, it’s only half an hour away (closer than Malaga) and with the range of food available plus the reasonable prices then it makes it worth the trip.
Westside road, Gibraltar
Open daily:
Mondays to Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., Sundays from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
* Check online as opening hours change on certain holidays

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