This post just reiterates how old I am getting. But hey ho, it also involves food and other home comforts so I feel it is a valid entry on to this blog! We have a branch of the delightful English supermarket right here in Gibraltar. After living in Malta where you get special extras in your food like rotting vegetables or a maggot, (both true stories, both happened to me, and I am still not over it) when we arrived here we popped right on over to the shop. Oh the delightful air conditioning, the beautiful merchandising, helpful staff and general cleanliness of the place made me want to dance. I think I did actually jig about down the frozen aisle when I clocked Feast ice-creams.
The store also has an in-house chemist which sells all the usual UK products, which again is a real lazy girl treat, I hated working out what was what when trying to buy a headache tablet in Malta. However the strict UK sales codes apply here as well, so you will get quizzed by the chemist or sales person, and if you look young they will not sell you certain things. Alas I do not have that problem. I guess it is a case of swings and roundabouts you can buy anything in Malta, at any age I think! (Except the morning after pill I have been told, the strict religious rules have erm, I think I want a different word, but will use ‘outlawed’ it until my brain conjures up the correct term!)
The store is as you would expect; exactly the same as the UK versions. Except they will accept Euros, maybe they do this in the UK? I have no idea, I have never tried. The currency here in Gib is actually UK sterling, but wandering about you will find most places accept Euros if the truth be known. The pound notes are also different to the UK ones as well, and if you try to use the Gib pound notes in the UK people look at you as if you are mental, it is quite bizarre. However the UK version is accepted here with no quibble. The exchange rate on the Euro in store is not great. So I would either pay by card or draw money from the bank before you shop.
The food and other goods, prices are pretty much the same as the UK, except the smokes and booze as I have mentioned before. It isn’t the cheapest place to buy food in Gibraltar, but I will cover the other stores later on, but it is the most convenient, and the simplest to navigate! The food is fresh, good quality and the supermarket does offer a range of special deals which tie in with the UK deals where applicable.
ridiculously friendly, I have never met such a bunch of happy folks. They will enquire about where you are staying, and alway seem to offer you a range of possible activities that you might want to try or places to go and see. There is a real sense of community. Once you have been here for a few weeks, you are treated as a regular and that in itself is a nice feeling!
There is also a bar / cafe in the supermarket which is handy if you a) need a fry up or b) have a husband who would like a pint while you troll about down the aisles! Mine is normally to be found sniffing around the bakery, where the cakes and fresh-baked bread always smell amazing!
Morrisons Supermarkets, Gibraltar
Store: Monday – Saturday 0800 – 2200 Sunday 0800 – 2000
Chemist: Monday – Saturday 0900 – 2100 Sunday 1000 – 1800
Petrol Station: Monday – Saturday 0600 – 2230 Sunday 0800 – 2030