Christmas sandwich taste tests – the best and worst supermarket sarnies

Supermarket shelves are stocked full of Christmas sarnies.

And even though most office staff are still working from home, it doesn’t mean they still can’t enjoy a meal deal.

Leading coffee shops and bakeries are also pulling out all the stops with their festive food ranges too.

As well as options for meat eaters, there’s also plenty of offerings for vegans and veggies too.

Santa’s elves at The Mirror have been busy tasting all the sandwiches, baguettes and wraps, and rating them on taste, presentation and texture.

Here’s the verdict…

Tesco

 

 

Tesco Finest Turkey Feast Sandwich – £3

What’s in it? Turkey breast, bacon, pork and onion stuffing, mayo, port and cranberry sauce, sage and cranberry bread.

Taste –   8/10

Look – 8/10

Festive factor – 8/10

This is what Christmas is about. Stacked to the brim with all sorts of succulent meat, it feels like a full dinner in your mouth with lashings of mayo and a sweet port and cranberry sauce.

Even the bread tastes like cranberry. Only minor complaint would be that the bread is quite thick.

Pigs Under Blankets Sub Roll – £2.50

What’s in it? Sausage, bacon, sage and onion stuffing, cranberry sauce, onion, cranberry sauce and white roll.

Taste –   7/10

Look – 5/10

Festive factor – 8/10

While the pigs are under the blanket rather than actually in it, the effect is just as good.

There’s a good amount of sausage, but they could have pushed the boat out a tad more as they’re basically just glorified cocktail sausages.

The soft sub roll makes a delicious change to the other festive offerings.

Plant Chef Root Vegetable & Chestnut Wrap – £2.75

What’s in it? Roasted root vegetable, chestnuts, braised red cabbage, cranberry sauce, pea protein alternative to mayo, sage and onion stuffing, spinach, pumpkin and turmeric tortilla wrap.

Taste –   2/10

Look – 7/10

Festive factor – 6/10

While it looks eye-catching from the outside and produces strong flavours, this vegan plant-based wrap flatters to deceive.

It conjures up images of chestnuts roasting on the fire, which may have literally been the case as it all tastes quite dry.

There’s just not enough filling in the pumpkin wrap, which would be better suited to Halloween.

Brie & Cranberry Sandwich – £2.50

What’s in it? Brie, cranberry chutney, spinach and white bread.

Taste –   9/10

Look – 6/10

Festive factor – 5/10

Surprisingly the best tasting sandwich of the lot, this doesn’t have the wow factor of the others but packs a punch with only a few ingredients.

The French brie is deliciously rich and creamy and the chunky sweet cranberry chutney is a great addition, although they may have run out of ideas with the spinach.

Turkey & Trimmings Sandwich – £2.75

What’s in it? Turkey, bacon, sausage, sage and onion stuffing, mayo, cranberry sauce and malted bread.

Taste –   9/10

Look – 7/10

Festive factor – 7/10

Looks like your classic Tesco sandwich but far more enticing.

Nicely filled with large amounts of moist meat but not overloaded. And with lashings of mayo and cranberry sauce it certainly isn’t dry.

Pret

 

 

Pret’s Christmas Lunch – from £3.89

What’s in it? Thick slices of British turkey with port & orange cranberry sauce, herby pork stuffing and baby spinach leaves, topped off with free-range mayo and crispy onions.

Taste – 9/10

Look – 9/10

Festive factor – 10/10

A delicious take on the festive classic, with a decent amount of tasty filling. There was the perfect quantity of cranberry sauce, leaving the whole sandwich nice and moist.

The addition of spinach was surprisingly tasty, giving it a fresh kick you don’t normally get.

Vegan Christmas Nut Roast – from £3.89

What’s in it? Butternut squash, peppery rocket and Christmas pesto, served with a spoonful of vegan sage mayo, crispy onions and caramelised pecans.

Taste – 6/10

Look – 8/10

Festive factor – 5/10

A really tasty veggie option, filled with lots of different flavours.

The butternut squash, rocket, nuts and pumpkin seeds work brilliantly together, complemented by the special Christmas pesto, sage mayo and crispy onions.

Christmas Lunch Baguette – from £3.99

What’s in it? British turkey with port & orange cranberry sauce, herby pork stuffing and peppery rocket. Finished with a sprinkling of crispy onions and a dab of free range mayo.

Taste – 9/10

Look 9/10

Festive factor- 10/10

Another great classic sandwich, with the excellent addition of a port and orange cranberry sauce.

The stuffing is full of flavour and the crispy onions give it that extra bite.

Brie, Pistachio and Cranberry Baguette – from £3.65

What’s in it? Slices of delicate French brie with port & orange cranberry sauce, free range mayo, toasted pistachios and a handful of peppery rocket.

Taste – 8/10

Look – 7/10

Festive factor – 8/10

A great sandwich making the most of the second best course of Christmas dinner – cheese and biscuits.

The brie came in big chunks and was very tasty.

Marks & Spencer

Truffled egg & honey roast ham – £4

What’s in it? Truffled egg mayo, honey-roast ham, watercress and a whole poached egg in the centre.

Taste – 7/10

Look – 10/10

Festive factor – 6/10

Full disclosure, I don’t like egg. I gave it a go, but also asked my housemate to try it for a more accurate opinion.

The sandwich looks great, but the full eggs make it quite hard to eat.

It’s very tasty, and the truffle flavour is delightful. It’s also very filling, so you might not need that mince pie afterwards.

Plant Kitchen No Turkey Feast Sandwich – £3.50

What’s in it? Marinated roasted soya protein with an onion and sage dressing, cranberry chutney, fried onions and spinach on malted brown bread.

Taste – 8/10

Look – 8/10

Festive factor – 9/10

A tasty meat-free take on the classic Christmas sandwich.

The roasted soya protein acts as a good base for the festive flavours, including the delicious cranberry sauce.

Turkey Feast – £3.30

What’s in it? Turkey roasted in stock, a pork, sage and onion stuffing, smoked bacon and cranberry sauce.

Taste – 10/10

Look – 10/10

Festive factor – 10/10

A classic Christmas sandwich done very, very well.Everything you want in a festive lunch, and the addition of bacon gives it that extra something.

Turkey Curry All Wrapped up – £3.30

What’s in it? Turkey dressed in curry mayonnaise, sweet mango chutney, carrot and cabbage slaw, pickled red onions and spinach.

Taste – 8/10

Look – 7/10

Festive factor – 3/10

Turkey curry is a popular ‘using up the leftover meat’ dish in many homes, and it’s safe to say it also works as a delicious lunchtime treat.

The sauce is filled with flavour and the meat was tender.

The only issue? There wasn’t enough of it, would have liked a bit more filling.

Co-op

 

 

Pigs Under Blankets sandwich – £3

What’s in it? Cooked butter-basted turkey, Cumberland pork sausage and smoked bacon, with cranberry sauce, pork, chestnut and thyme stuffing and spiced mayonnaise on sage and onion bread.

Taste – 7/10

Festive factor – 8/10

Look – 6/10

Pigs in blankets are always a favourite on the Christmas dinner table, and I’m happy to report that they translate very well into sandwich form.

Cranberry sauce was perhaps unnecessary, but definitely works for a festive feel. 

Turk’y feast sandwich – £3

What’s in it? Flavoured soya protein with vegan bread sauce, roasted carrot and parsnip, cranberry sauce, sage and onion stuffing and vegan mayonnaise on sage and onion bread.

Taste – 8/10

Festive factor – 8/10

Look – 4/10

An excellent vegan alternative that doesn’t feel like a token option.

Turk’y tastes very similar to the real deal, and went great with the cranberry sauce and stuffing!

Turkey feast sandwich – £3

What’s in it? Cooked turkey breast, pork, sage and onion stuffing, cranberry sauce, mayonnaise, smoked bacon and fried onions on malted bread.

Taste – 8/10

Festive factor – 9/10

Look – 7.5/10

What would a Christmas sandwich be without the star of the Christmas dinner – turkey!

This sandwich was absolutely delicious and had me in the festive spirit at the first bite. 

Boxing Day lunch sandwich – £3

What’s in it? Cooked smoked turkey and oak smoked formed ham with red cabbage coleslaw and spiced fruit chutney on white bread.

Taste – 9 /10

Festive factor – 7/10

Look – 7/10

Not the most festive of the bunch, but that’s not to say it’s not absolutely delicious!

Almost barbecue-like, the ham goes very well with the coleslaw, while the turkey and chutney provide a more traditional taste.

Greggs

 

 

Festive Bake – £1.60

What’s in it? – Chicken breast, sage & onion stuffing and sweetcure bacon in a sage and cranberry sauce. All encased in puff pastry with a crunchy crumb topping.

Taste – 7/10

Look – 3/10

Festive factor – 6/10

Like a mini Christmas dinner wrapped in pastry, just missing the veg. Tastes very festive, but doesn’t look the part at all.

The Bake itself looks perfectly fine but it isn’t festive on the outside in any way and the packaging it came in was just a regular Greggs bag. They could do so much more with this.

Pigs Under Blankets Baguette – £2.80

What’s in it? Pork sausage, cooked sweetcure bacon with smoke flavouring and cooked pork, onion & sage stuffing with a port and cranberry sauce in a white baguette.

Taste – 1/10

Look – 4/10

Festive factor – 5/10

They tried to do something fun and festive but the combination of ingredients proved too bland for me.

Pigs in blankets, cranberry sauce and stuffing all scream Christmas, so they win some points here, but the baguette didn’t look particularly festive upon first glance – could easily have been mistaken for a hot dog with ketchup.

Didn’t look particularly appealing on the plate and packaging wasn’t very festive or fun either.

Aldi

 

 

Specially Selected Butter Basted Turkey With Pigs Under Blankets – £2.29

What’s in it? – Turkey, sausages, stuffing, bacon, fried onions, mayo and a cranberry and port sauce between two pieces of malted bloomer bread

Taste – 8/10

Look – 9/10

Festive Factor – 9/10

Aldi’s flagship Christmas offering is most of a roast dinner in one sandwich.

Even the bread itself is far from insignificant – with thick slabs of malted bloomer on top of everything else adding up to quite a lot to bite into.

There’s a nice punch of cranberry on first bite – with the smoked bacon coming through as you chew as well.

That said, I didn’t get much flavour from the stuffing or turkey and the sausage adds more texture than taste.

However, it’s highly satisfying overall – if a lot of eating to get through.

Deep Filled Turkey Feast – £1.69

What’s in it? Turkey, stuffing, bacon, fried onion, cranberry chutney and mayo between two slices of malted bread.

Taste – 9/10

Look – 7/10

Festive Factor – 9/10

For many this will be the quintessential Christmas sandwich – and for my money it’s the best of Aldi’s range.

There’s crunch from the onions, sweetness from the cranberry, smoke from the bacon and plenty of moisture from the mayo.

It’s also a lot less work than the flagship Specially Selected version – losing the sausages from the filling and with more manageable bread – but still delivers all the festive flavour you could want.

Deep Filled Hog Roast – £1.69

What’s in it? Pork, stuffing, fried onion, rocket, apple sauce and mayo between two slices of sage and onion bread

Taste – 5/10

Look – 6/10

Festive Factor – 5/10

The most disappointing of the range for me. Despite big promises, it tastes of – well – just not very much.

The apple sauce felt somewhat homeopathic in concentration, there was no hint of the sage from the stuffing or the bread, the rocket was almost an afterthought and it was all very samey in texture despite the onions.

Triple the apple sauce, more rocket for crunch and possibly a little more mayo for moisture and it could have been an 8.

Turkey Feast Wrap – £1.99

What’s in it? Butter basted turkey with stuffing, bacon, fried onions, spinach, mayo, cranberry and port sauce wrapped in a wheat flour tortilla.

Taste – 6/10

Look – 7/10

Festive Factor – 7/10

This is basically the wrap version of the Turkey Feast sandwich – coming in around 40 calories lighter.

The spinach adds a nice crunch, the mayo moisture and the stuffing a bit of depth to the flavour, but the wrap itself lets it down.

The first bite was excellent, but as I got to the ends it became both dough-heavy and slightly sweet.

It’s good – but for my money I’d have the standard Turkey Feast sandwich every time.

Deep Filled Brie & Spiced Cranberry Chutney – £1.69

What’s in it? Brie with cranberry, orange and ginger chutney, spinach and mayo between slices of malted bread.

Taste – 7/10 (rising to 8 if you’re a fan of punchy brie)

Look – 6/10

Festive Factor – 6/10

Perhaps the biggest surprise of the range in terms of flavour – and all thanks to surprisingly punchy brie.

I’ve come to ignore cheese descriptions on sandwiches – with “mature” cheddar offering often carrying about as much taste as a Baby Bell – this was the opposite of that.

The “mould ripened” brie was the overwhelming flavour, with the rest just whispering at the edges.

I like brie, and I can’t imagine anyone buying it who doesn’t, but be prepared – it is a lot of brie.

Vegan Festive Feast – £1.69

What’s in it? Parsnip fritter, fried onions, spinach, cranberry chutney, vegan mayo between slices of cranberry and poppy seed bread.

Taste – 6/10

Look – 7/10

Festive Factor – 7/10

Props to Aldi for realising you don’t need meat substitutes to make a good vegan offering – with parsnip fritters, festive chutney spinach doing an excellent job on their own (I’ll ignore the vegan mayo for now – mostly because it’s pretty hard to notice it’s there).

In fact, the festive chutney was excellent – nicely spiced with sultanas and apple making for a beautifully wintry flavour, while the spinach added texture too.

But the parsnip fritters weren’t quite up to the job of headliner – despite a mouth-watering list of ingredients including cinnamon, nutmeg, sweet potato and ginger – leaving the excellent support acts a little abandoned on stage.

Starbucks

The One With The Gravy Layer Sandwich – prices from £4.59

 

What’s in it? A top layer with pulled ham hock and pulled turkey. A bottom layer with smoky butternut crush, red cabbage and a slice of Cheddar cheese. Sandwiched in the middle of a slice of sourdough, steeped in Turkey & Cranberry gravy.

Taste – 8/10

Look – 5/10

Festive Factor – 4/10

Doesn’t look overly appetising but packs a punch. The gravy layer is delicious – probably my favourite part of the sandwich.

For me, it’s simple in flavour and not overly Christmassy. It’s a very solid sandwich and ideal for a post Christmas party hangover feed.

Would taste even better when warmed in the oven or at a Starbucks.

The ‘Tis the Season Turkey Sandwich – prices from £3.59

What’s in it? Pulled turkey with chestnut, sage & onion stuffing with cranberry sauce on a malted bread.

Taste – 9/10

Look – 8/10

Festive Factor – 10/10

You could truly taste Christmas with every bite – everything about this sandwich works for me. The turkey and stuffing are perfect together, moist and tender.

A game changer of a sandwich that I’ll probably be eating once a week throughout December.

Even if it was available in the summer, I’d still eat it just for some festive cheer all year round.

Very Merry Vegan Wrap – prices from £2.99

What’s in it? Crumbled butternut squash fritters and roasted red cabbage with a vegan maple mustard mayonnaise in a beetroot wrap.

Taste – 8/10

Look – 6/10

Festive Factor – 5/10

For a vegan sandwich, I was quite surprised. The maple mustard gave it a hint of heat in a welcomed way – would have liked a little more though.

As for the butternut squash filling, it was a delight. I’m not normally a fan of red cabbage but this really hit the spot for me.

Crumbled butternut squash fritters and roasted red cabbage with a vegan maple mustard mayonnaise in a beetroot wrap.

Boots

 

 

Vegan No Turkey Feast Sandwich, £3

What’s in it? Malted bread, Flavoured soya protein pieces, Cranberry Chutney, Sage & onion stuffing, Spinach, Roasted red cabbage, Fried onions.

Taste – 9/10

Look – 7/10

Festive Factor – 9/10

The faux-turkey was surprisingly good – had a ‘meaty’ texture without actually being meat so I didn’t feel like I was missing out.

There’s a seriously generous spread of cranberry sauce throughout which made it not only taste sensational but avoided a dry sandwich situation – and no one wants that after a night out or on their lunch break.

Well seasoned too – really liked the stuffing flavour and spinach rather than lettuce or rocket for a change.

Pigs Under Blankets Sandwich – £2.75

What’s in it? Malted bread, Pork sausage, Sweetcure bacon, Cranberry chutney, Mayonnaise and Fried onions.

Taste – 7/10

Look – 8/10

Festive Factor – 9/10

If you like a seriously sausage-y sandwich then this is for you.

There’s a generous amount hidden inside the malted bread. Decent amount of bacon too.

I didn’t think there was quite enough cranberry sauce personally, running throughout in comparison to the amount of meat.

Turkey, Cranberry and Stuffing Sandwich, £2.75

What’s in it? Malted bread, Turkey breast, Cranberry chutney, Pork, sage & onion stuffing, Mayonnaise and Spinach.

Taste – 9/10

Look – 9/10

Festive Factor – 10/10

This sandwich tasted like a dinner in my mouth – was just missing some gravy. Really, dare I say it, moist.

The turkey was lush and I’m not a huge fan of turkey! Well seasoned, good amount of cranberry sauce and I liked the spinach.

At 325 calories, it’s one of Boots Shapers options and, I’d definitely recommend it to friends and family who want a low-cal Christmas sarnie on the go.

Tiger Pig (pig in blanket) – prices may vary

What’s in it? A giant pork sausage wrapped in streaky bacon, topped with all the trimmings you desire, served best in our new Tiger Bread.

Taste – 5/10

Look – 6/10

Festive Factor – 4/10

When I heard Subway was bringing out a pig in blanket sandwich, I was excited as that’s my favourite part of Christmas and, the taste of the sausage didn’t disappoint. It was really meaty with a generous wrapping of bacon around the outside. I had it on the new Tiger sub which was delicious. The only thing that let it down for me was the Southwest sauce as this didn’t feel very festive for me.

Waitrose

 

 

Waitrose Christmas Curry Bangers & Brioche – £3.30

What’s in it? Smoked pork sausage, sauerkraut, curried ketchup, mayonnaise, mustard with fried onions.

Taste – 6.5/10

Look – 6/10

Festive Factor – 2/10

Although this one sounds like it will have flavour with a punch, it was milder than expected.

The only particularly strong flavour was the mustard which did go well with the sausages, but it didn’t feel like this was a particularly festive treat!

The Festive Chicken Feast – £3.30

What’s in it? Chicken breast, turkey stock mayonnaise, pickled onion relish, white cabbage, brussel sprouts, savoy cabbage and onion with rocket in sliced potato and parsnip bread.

Taste – 9/10

Look – 9/10

Festive Factor – 10/10

The wrapping and sandwich both look quite festive – and it definitely lived up to its name.

One bite and it felt like you were having a Christmas dinner thanks to the chicken, stuffing and relish.

The unique bread also meant that this felt very much like a seasonal treat!

Vegan Roasted Roots with parsnip and carrot falafel – £3.30

What’s in it? A spinach wrap with seasoned sweet potato, carrot and parsnip falafel, cannellini bean and parsnip houmous, braised red cabbage relish and spinach.

Taste – 7/10

Look – 8/10

Festive Factor – 6/10

I don’t usually go for vegan options, but this wrap felt like a ‘healthy’ choice – handy to combat all the mulled wine and chocolate we all inevitably eat before Christmas even arrives.

The wrap is (unsurprisingly) packed with veg but it wasn’t as flavourful as you’d expect.

Costa

British Turkey & The Trimmings Toastie – from £3.50

What’s in it? British Turkey, maple cured bacon with sage and onion stuffing, béchamel sauce & cranberry sauce on cheese topped white bread.

Taste –  9/10

Look –  6/10

Festive Factor –  10/10

A Christmas sandwich with added cheese – excellent. There was a generous offering of béchamel sauce, which overpowered some of the other flavours in some bites, but it’s forgiven as it was lovely.

Pigs under Blankets Stonebaked Panini

What’s in it? British Pork sausage, maple-cured bacon & cranberry sauce with grated mozzarella & Cheddar cheese in a stonebaked sourdough panini

Taste –  9/10

Look –  7/10

Festive Factor –  10/10

The sausages didn’t look overly appetising, however they were filled with flavour. There was a decent amount of bacon and cranberry sauce, which made it the perfect festive feast.

Brie, Maple Bacon & Cranberry Stonebaked Panini – from £3.50

What’s in it? Brie, British maple-cured bacon and cranberry sauce in a stonebaked sourdough panini.

Taste – 7/10

Look – 6/10

Festive Factor – 8/10

A delicious and cheesy festive offering. The brie wasn’t as flavoursome as the one used in Pret’s options, but it was still delicious.

Vegan Turkee, Cranberry & Stuffing Bloomer Toastie – £3.50

What’s in it? Vegan Turkee with sage and onion stuffing, cranberry sauce, vegan mayonnaise & fresh spinach in barmarked white bloomer bread.

Taste –  6/10

Look –  8/10

Festive Factor –  9/10

This sandwich had real mixed reviews from our tasters. While I loved it, my colleague wasn’t impressed. The turkey was tasty and the spinach made it feel fresh. However, it was quite salty.

Pigs & Blankets Mac & Cheese

What’s in it? Cooked pasta with matue Cheddar cheese sauce topped with British pork sausage, sweetcure bacon, fresh spinach & parsley crumb.

Taste –  7/10

Look –  7/10

Festive Factor –  8/10

The mac & cheese was very tasty, with a generous amount of sauce. However we weren’t impressed by the sausages at all, and ended up leaving them. A bit more of the crunchy topping would have been nice. A bit of cranberry sauce might have added to the Christmassy feel.

Sainsbury’s

 

 

Turkey & Pigs Under Blankets Christmas Sandwich – £2.40

What’s in it? British Cumberland sausages, turkey breast, maple-cured smoked bacon, cranberry chutney and mayonnaise on malted bread.

Taste – 7/10

Look – 6/10

Festive factor – 7/10

When you first bite into the sarnie, the lovely cranberry chutney greets you first, adding a delicious tang to complement the meat.

The festive fare is a hearty Yuletide offering, but the meaty Cumberland sausages do overpower the turkey somewhat.

Overall, I enjoyed it but craved the addition of a few vegetables to lighten the sandwich.

Brie & Cranberry Christmas Sandwich £2.25

What’s in it? Slices of brie, cranberry sauce, mayonnaise and rocket on malted bread.

Taste – 6/10

Look – 7.5/10

Festive factor – 8/10

Sainsbury’s brie offering is very tasty, and the cheese is deliciously creamy but the bread did get stuck to the roof of my mouth.

The rocket adds a lovely peppery flavour.

Ultimate Christmas Feast £2.70

What’s in it? Smoked British turkey breast, British pork, sage and onion stuffing with gravy mayonnaise, roasted carrots, cranberry chutney, sweet potato, savoy cabbage and Brussel sprouts on white bread.

Taste – 9/10

Look – 8/10

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