As a vegetarian who sways towards eating vegan Holland And Barratt is one of the best stores on the high-street for me. It's the place where I can find specialist vegetarian foods and substitute items like milks and butters which you often can't find in regular supermarkets. Not only this but the store sells a lot of wholefoods, vitamins and supplements which are perfect for me. I also love their beauty section, although this is normally only found in the larger stores.
I always find the staff in Holland And Barratt to be very helpful and they usually come and help you or ask you if you need any help within a few minutes of entering the store. They have a lot of expertise and knowledge about the products in store. I especially trust them to tell me how to safely take vitamins and dietry supplements.
My favourite things to purchase in store are things like soya, nut and other plant milks. They have a huge variety of different milks and flavours too. They tend to be slightly more expensive than supermarket brands though. The store also has refrigerated items like soya cheeses and spreads, meatless hotdogs, pies and sausages and more. There is a lot of choice and the brands stocked are well respected in the vegetarian/vegan communities.
Holland And Barratt sell bags of snacks such as rice crackers as well as things like yoghurt coated nuts and raisins. They also sell dried fruit. You can buy these in very large bags too so I find them useful if I'm baking. They tend to offer a good deal on the larger bags of dried fruit and some of the rarer fruits too. I find the prices for the dried fruit and nuts to be better than supermarket prices.
As far as the vitamins and supplements go the prices are high but the store often do promotions such as their penny sale where you can buy a product and then choose something else and only pay a penny for it. This can dramatically cut the cost. You can also opt to get a loyalty card which earns you points for purchases over £1. I have had one for about a year but I have had some problems getting the vouchers sent to me. In fact I've had to email and ask for them every time they are due and been told they are having technical difficulties. However, I do find that the vouchers help to reduce costs and even small purchases seem to generate a lot of points.
I would recommend the store to anyone who enjoys eating clean foods, is vegetarian or vegan, to those who have an interest in keeping fit and healthy and who use vitamins or supplements and to those who want to try something different to what you find in the supermarkets.
I could not love Holland and Barret more! We have a local one in my town and I get a lot of my food, vitamins and health supplements there. They offer a variety of brands, flavours and prodcuts, even some from America! When ever I have been the staff have been lovely, when I first went I didn't have a loyalty card (the loyalty card is definitely worth it by the way!) and the lady serving me wasn't pushy at all, I have never felt intimidated or anything by the staff there which makes a good change. It's a small store so when I went in I was, to be quite honest, amazed at how much there was to choose from. I'm not really into healthy stuff or protein shakes or powder and that kind of thing like some people are so when I went in looking for vitamins (which I did find, which was surprsing as the ones I was looking for were American and were cheaper at Holland and Barrets than anywhere else) I was quite surprised to be tempted by so much of the food. It's now a shop I go to almost as reguarly as my local supermarket as I have found that I actually prefer Holland and Barrets not only for vitamins and the like but also for snacks, drinks and meal parts/ingridients. I also, as meantioned earlier, love Holland and Barrets for the variety they offer and they seem to be consantly getting new items in!
Holland and Barrett is one of those stores that I wouldn't make a special journey to go to but if I do go inside, I can be there for ages.
The store is full of bottles of vitamins, natural lotions and potions that you can take, dab on or smell to help you live a more natural, healthy life. As someone who is quite open to the idea of drinking a cup of yellow tea every day to detox my body or munching on something that tastes naughty but is pure and natural, it is rare that I leave empty handed.
Finding what to buy though can be a bit cryptic because the store seems careful not to make any wild claims about the properties of the products so it's good to be armed with a bit of information about what you are looking for before your visit.
Some of the more popular vitamin supplements are more expensive than you can get them elsewhere, although frequent offers mean that it is best to buy at the right time, but there are also other things that you would be hard pushed to find in other High Street shops.
I always like to check out any new promotions that are available and, especially around new Year and holiday times, the wide range of diet assisting products that are around.
Essential oils can be bought at Holland and Barrett and there is usually a feature oil of the month which is suitable for the time of year, such as something that puts off flies and insects in the height of summer.
Not the most exciting store in the street but can be one of the most interesting if you like that sort of thing.
We tend to use our local Holland & Barratt store in Nuneaton when they have their sales as you can really grab a bargain!
Holland & Barratt literally sell every kind of vitamin or herbal remedy for anything you could imagine! We often have cod liver oil and when you see how many different kinds of cod liver oil there is you will be amazed!.
They can be slightly overpriced but if you hold on for a sale you can buy huge tubs for a bargain price which can last you up to a year!
The isles are tiny in Nuneaton and you have got no hope of getting a push chair around, but it is only a tiny store so if you know where the item you want is it will only take a second to get to.
It can give you a bit of a headache trying to find something because there are so many boxes, tubs & packets of the same thing but different types that you often find yourself rubbing your eyes trying to focus! But the staff are friendly enough so if you are stuck they will gladly help.
Generally I'm not I big believer in vitamins and supplements but due to health reasons I was advised to go on a complex diet and was given a long list of supplements to take. Having never had to buy these before Holland and Barrett was my first port of call I just never thought about anywhere else. So I visited one of their shops, from the off I wasn't impressed the store was dead despite being a Saturday and as soon as I walked I was shot a don't dare ask look from the cashier.
There did not seem to be any clear order to shop I spent ages trying to figure out what sections things would be in after a while I saw an employee stocking a shelf so I asked them where I could find these certain items, he just looked at me and said "over there of course" I felt it is was obvious that I'm am not the normal sort of clientele is suppose they have more health enthusiasts (which I don't quite have the figure to pull off) but I would of thought they would also have customers interested in herbal remedies, which I am now very interested in that an alternative therapies.
So after a lot of searching I finally found all if the things I was looking for but the one thing I wasn't anticipating was the price it is extortionate I nearly chocked when I saw the total it was way more than I would spend on food! I thought there has to be a better way so I choked online which is should of done first anyhow and found all the products I wanted faster and cheaper. The only possible advantage I can see to this store is there is no deliver wait, I would only use it if you needed something you couldn't anywhere else immediately.
Holland and Barrett are a chain of health food stores which offer a large variety of health foods, vegan and vegetarian foods and of course vitamin and herbal supplements.
My local shop is one of the smaller ones but I like how they are organised. The bagged foods such as dried fruit, nuts and cereal are all in one aisle, with vitamins and supplements grouped together under section such as digestive health, vitamins and bones/joints. This makes it easy to find products for any ailment you have.
The best thing about Holland and Barrett is they have the best selection compared to other shops. They have so many different supplements and their selection of vegan products is impressive containing different cheeses, ice creams and other products. This may not seem so great but when you live in a rather small town like I do these products are extremely hard to find!! Holland and Barrett are also dedicated to helping the environment and support conservative efforts so you know by shopping there you are doing your bit for the environment. They also charge you for paper bags which can be a bit annoying if you ever forget your own, but for only 4p I wasn't too bothered by it.
The biggest disadvantage is definitely the prices. Holland and Barrett's own supplements are good quality and therefore worth paying the extra money for, but their prices on other products are considerably higher compared to supermarkets. For example, dairy-free ice cream from there is £2.69 when the exact same brand and tub is only £1.99 from Sainsbury's. This is quite a significant difference to me, so I only buy from Holland and Barrett products which I cannot find in supermarkets. However, they do often have some good deals on such as at the moment (May 2010) they have a massive sale on their most popular products so can save a fair amount of money.
I will definitely keep shopping at Holland and Barrett because of the good selection they have. However, if these products were available in supermarkets then no doubt I would buy from supermarkets instead to save some money.
First of all let me apoligise for this being in the holland and barrett review, it's meant for one of their products but i couldn't find it so i opted for the shop instead.
This review is for nature's Harvest- Little Herberts.
These are 40g packets of dried-out mixed fruit that are supposed to be an ideal sweet treat for children's lunch boxes, but i love them and find them handy for dieting, as they fit in your handbag. So when you have a sugar craving these are perfect as they are extremly sweet but a healthier option to sweets.
They are completly delicious and they come in 5 different varieties.
You can buy these from holland and barrett- with the deal of 4 packs for a pound, which if your on a budget (like me), that's quite a good bargin.
The varieties are= *Sultana and dried apple mix
*Orchard fruit mix
*Raisins and apricots
*Raisins and sultanas
My favourite pack is sultana and dried apple mix, and also Raisins and apricots.
So here's the nutritional information on those two=
*Sultana and dried apple mix-
Ingredients: Sultanas (70%), Dried apple (29%), vegetable oil, preservative:sulphur dioxide.
(Allergy warning- contains sulphites)
Storage: Store in a cool, dry place and once open, consume within two days.
Nutrition Information: Per 40g pack= Energy- 533kj, 125kcal/ protein- 1.0g/ carbohydrate- 29.9g/ of which sugars- 25.3g/ fat- 0.2g/ of which saturates- trace/ fibre- 2.4g/ sodium- trace.
*Raisins and Apricots-
Ingredients: Raisins (50%), Dried Apricots (49%), rice flour, vegetable oil, preservative: sulphur dioxide.
(Allergy warning- contains sulphites)
Nutrition Information: Per 40g pack= Energy- 494kj, 116kcal/ protein-1.4g/ carbohydrate- 22.2g/ of which sugars-23.1g/ fat- 0.2g/ of which saturates- trace/ fibre- 2.3g/ sodium- trace.
All packs have the warning that they may contain the occasional fruit stone or stem.
Holland & Barratt, as advertised by that nice Kim Wilde, is one of those places not usually patronised by people addicted to McDonald's or fried Mars Bars. The accent is firmly on the 'healthy' alternative to anything that hardens your arteries within a proximity of about 500 metres.
The range of foodstuffs and supplements is quite extensive, including some grub in the frozen food section usually down near the bottom end of the store. That includes things like Quorn sausages and other types of meat substitute, which may be palatable for some hardy souls, but I confess to not liking it very much.
There's more to H & B than that of course, including a comprehensive range of health foods supplements like various types of multi vitamins, Gingko Biloba, 'sexual health' products, proteins, fish oils including the now ubiquitous Omega 3, and suchlike.
H & B seem to be on a more or less permanent stock clearance programme, with 'better than half price' offers on things like 'cleanse your colon' and 'fat metaboliser' tablet products and so on.
So, if you're health conscious and want to lose or, gain! weight, then they have something for you. Including the redoubtable Farmer's Honeyblend herbal smoking mixture for cancer stick addicts trying to kick the habit. What more do you need?