Havarti, where art ye?


in Oxford

After a year without Havarti and a long-seeming shift at the Freshers’ Fair, I went out in search of that cheesy comestible. This meant that, for the first time in Oxford, I went into the food section at Marks & Spencer. If there is any evidence of lingering class divides in England, it is the difference in presentation and atmosphere between Sainsbury’s and M&S. When people in Canada talk about the creation of a two-tier system of health care, this is probably more or less what they have in mind.

Alas, Havarti remains out of reach. Your average British supermarket has many kinds of cheese, but this favourite of mine never seems to be among them.

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Anonymous October 5, 2006 at 4:01 pm

You may find Tilset similar.

Ben October 6, 2006 at 7:42 pm

I have no idea what foodstuff you mean.

For the record, Sainsbury’s is considered posh – not as much as M&S, but more so than Tesco, Lidl, etc.

Milan October 6, 2006 at 7:53 pm


I usually go to Sainsbury’s in the evening. Since they do not restock shelves during the day, it often has the look of a depressingly barren florescent wasteland, populated by shoppers fighting over the last loaves of bread.

I have never even heard of Lidl, and of Asda only through Economist articles.

As for havarti: it is a tasty kind of cheese that is especially good in sandwiches. Google can tell you much more.

. December 7, 2007 at 9:57 am

Supermarkets admit milk price fix

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Sainsbury’s and Asda are among firms fined a total of £116m for fixing prices of milk, butter and cheese.

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