I'm a longtime Lidl fan. I lived next to one when I lived in Leipzig and they were a lifesaver as the nearest decent size supermarket in walking distance when T & I first lived in London together. As with any brand or supermarket, some things are a hits whilst others are misses, but having stocked up recent, I thought I'd share a few of my favourite things.
Dark chocolate. Since doing a month of no added sugars or artificial sugars, my taste in sweet things has changed. I didn't even like dark chocolate before but I'm head over heels for this dark chocolate with orange (the raspberry version is a dream as well). £1.49 for 125g.
Sparkling Water. I know some people think having a water preference is up there with #middleclassproblems but I don't care. I drink a LOT of water (3-4 litres per day) and I especially like sparkling. This one from Lidl isn't as gassy as some other brands/own brands which means it does go flat a little quicker, but it's less aggressive when you drink it. If it came in 2l bottles instead of 1.5l it would be even better. £ per bottle (I buy it in cases of 6)
Sriracha sauce. Because I've apparently turn into my dad and can't eat a meal without chilli. I thought this might be part of a short term range as I bought it reduced to £1.20 a bottle, but I keep seeing it in store. It's nicely sour and not too sweet with that familiar chilli heat.
Mixed raw whole nuts (T also likes their raw walnuts and cashews). I use these when making my own granola and my own versions of Nakd bars. T & My mum both like their brazil nuts, walnuts and cashews for adding to porridge or cereal too- I have nothing against them by the way, it's just not something I do. £1.29 per 200g bag
A few other less photogenic favourites:
Free range whole chicken- usually around £3.59 per kilo
Pork & Apple or Cumberland sausages £1.99 for 6
Goats, feta, mature cheddar or cream cheeses- they're all good!
And whilst I'm here, here's a few things I never buy from Lidl having learned the hard way...
Tinned tomatoes- tend to be very watery
Baked beans- too sweet in my opinion and I prefer a reduced salt version too
Dried fruit- when I looked at the ingredients, there were some added extras I wasn't so fond off including added sugars and oils
Avocadoes- I've never yet found a Lidl that sells avocados that are within a month of being ripe.
Bleach, toilet cleaner, bathroom/kitchen cleaner- they just don't do the job. On the other hand, Poundland is well worth visiting if like me you're a fan of Cif.