If there were awards for snootiness, Carluccio's would win hands down. If you like to be treated like a lesser mortal while you shop, this Manchester branch of the now-nationwide chain is the place for you. Aside from the surly service, though, it does have some decent, if pricey, stock. "From Tunbridge Wells to Manchester, Carluccio's is a fabulous nationwide Italian deli serving Mediterranean specialities and beautiful pralines," says Sophie Conran.
Where: 3 Hardman Square, Manchester (0161-839 0623; www.carluccios.com)