Aldi's Oliver Cromwell London Dry Gin was recently named one of the best in the world.

Its accolade comes at a time when budget supermarkets are proving that forgoing a hefty price tag doesn't mean scrimping on quality.

And it's not just spirits either, a £2 block of cheddar cheese from Iceland beat Waitrose's offering in the International Cheese Awards.

Find out which budget items should be filling up your shopping baskets.

From fine wines to suncream, The Mirror rounds up the bargain items that have beaten their luxury rivals.

Sparkling wine

A £7.99 bottle of Lidl sparkling wine was named one of world’s best earlier this year after beating champagnes costing upwards of five times the price.

The chain’s Crémant de Bourgogne Blanc NV was given the Silver Outstanding award at the International Wine & Spirits Competition - as was the Veuve Clicquot 2008 vintage champagne, which is currently available from Sainsbury’s for £50.

White wine

A Morrisons white wine called The Best white Burgundy was also crowded one of the best after it scooped a silver medal in the prestigious Decanter World Wine Awards.

Château de Meursault 1er Cru Charmes-Dessus, which costs £49.50, only managed a bronze. The Morrisons white is just £8.

The Burgundy region is home to some of the world’s finest - and most expensive - wines. The top gong in the category went to Albert Bichot Criots-Batard-Montrachet - which costs a whopping £375.

Red wine

Tesco Finest* Viña del Cura Rioja Reserva 2012, from an award winning winery in the heart of Spain’s most famous wine region recently won Gold at the International Wine Challenge Awards 2017 (IWC) and was also voted best value red wine.

The £8.50 bottle was the only supermarket-own label Rioja to win a MEDAL and beat wines four times the price as well as Spanish household-brand Campo Viejo Reserva at £11.

Rosé wine

Aldi picked up another award when its £5.99 rosé wine beat other bottles three times the price.

The Exquisite Collection Côtes De Provence 2016 was among the budget retailer’s six silver medal winners at The International Wine Challenge.

It was hailed for its flavours of “strawberry, white fruit and subtle spice”, triumphing over the 2015 vintage of the same bottle – which sells for £17.50 a time.

English wine

Forget the Rhone Valley, Tuscany or Stellenbosch - Norfolk is now home to the world’s finest wines.

The county’s Winbirri Vineyards Bacchus 2015, which costs £13.95 at Waitrose, was crowned wine of the year at the Decanter Awards - beating-off expensive French rivals.

The victory for the Winbirri Bacchus, at the largest international wine competition, is the first time a vineyard from England has won such a major award for a still wine.


Budget supermarket Aldi also landed an award for its £12.99 own-label whisky, beating off competition from more traditional rivals.

Highland Black 8 Year Old Whisky beat rival The Ardmore Traditional Peated Whiskey which retails for £45.55 - three times more expensive than the budget bottle.

Judges described the winning tipple as “a rich blend of the finest grain and malt whiskies from Scotland”.


Aldi's Oliver Cromwell London Dry Gin has a modest price tag of £9.97 but the budget tipple recently came up trumps in a prestigious spirits competition.

The gin received a Gold at the International Wine and Spirits Challenge, where it was judged in a blind tasting.

It beat rivals costing more than four times its price including Foxhole London Dry Gin, a premium ‘fresh and aromatic gin’ which costs £39.95.

Sun cream

Heading to the beach this summer? Then ditch expensive brands as Aldi’s sun cream was found to have the best protection.

Research by consumer watchdog Which? found Avon’s Sun+Multi Protection Sun Lotion SPF30 (150ml) for £10 failed to offer the cover claimed on the label.

But Aldi’s bigger 200ml Lacura Suncare Spray SPF30 costing £2.79 passed with flying colours.


A £2 block of cheddar cheese from Iceland recently won a Gold medal in the International Cheese Awards beating posh supermarket Waitrose.

The store's Luxury vintage cheddar impressed judges with its rich creamy flavour.

Washing up liquid

Despite advertising itself as the washing up liquid - that lasts twice as long as rival products for more than 60 years - Fairy lost its crown to a budget supermarket.

Aldi’s Magnum Premium Original has scrubbed up as top of the washing up liquid charts in a Which? consumer test.

The 79p soap was found to wash nearly three times as many dishes as £1.70 Fairy Platinum – 14,873 plates per £1 compared to 5,069.

It also outperformed all other own-label products – including Asda, Lidl, Sainsbury’s and Tesco.