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Can anyone recommend a good spice shop in Derby / Nottingham? I am after some Allspice berries, I've seen some online but I just wondered if there was anywhere local I can go and get them.


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closed as off-topic by SAJ14SAJ, KatieK, Mien, Aaronut Nov 1 '13 at 13:59

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This question appears to be off-topic because it is about specialty knowledge of a small geographic region, better suited to local business directories or phone books. – SAJ14SAJ Sep 26 '13 at 12:25
This is absolutely begging for a meta question. (Too localized was explicitly removed as a close reason, and I have no idea whether to interpret that as SE saying this kind of question is generally okay or just saying that we need to come up with another rationalization...) – Jefromi Sep 26 '13 at 17:40
I almost want to say it's a shopping question, where the "product" is a store. – Yamikuronue Sep 26 '13 at 18:12
I think this goes back to our never-fully-at-concensus question on sourcing:… – SAJ14SAJ Sep 26 '13 at 19:13
@Jefromi: One important difference between this question and the subject matter discussed on meta/MSO is that this isn't asking how to find a specific ingredient, but rather a very broad category of ingredients. Lots of stores sell spices including most grocery stores, so in effect, it's actually searching for a specific type of store which is better served by sites like Yelp/Google Places, local forums, etc. So I vote in favour of off-topic. If there was a specific hard-to-find spice being asked about here, I would have left it open. – Aaronut Nov 1 '13 at 13:58
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A friend of mine from Nottingham buys a lot of exotic ingredients/spices in Pak Foods market, and I searched a little and saw you have one in Derby too (here is a link with a review). But probably many asian/international markets will cary a large variety of spices. Also, allspice is not super exotic to English cuisine, so you might find it in better stocked supermarkets (like Waitrose, Sainsbury's or a big Tesco for example).

Anyway, when we were living in the UK we ordered stuff from Steenbergs most of the time (and most of my friend also get spices from them) - the quality of their spices is just astonishing (much better than anything I found in most stores). I still order stuff from them to my friends house and pick it up when I visit =)

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