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Costa, Vegan Turkee, Cranberry & Stuffing Bloomer Toastie 

£3.75

This was absolutely delicious. 

If I had done a taste test, there is no way I would be able to tell this wasn’t meaty, and I definitely never would have guessed it was vegan! 

It has loads of delicious filling, tucked into a tasty bloomer. Taste-wise I think this is superior to the meaty option I tried. 

I would definitely recommend. – Chris Bridger-Linning

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The Costa vegan sandwich was praised for having 'loads of delicious filling' and 'superior to the meat'

The Costa vegan sandwich was praised for having ‘loads of delicious filling’ and ‘superior to the meat’ 

Marks & Spencer Turkey Feast

£3.30

For me, this is what all other Christmas sandwiches should aspire to. 

No frills or gimmicks, just classic ingredients with an even distribution of meat and sauce. While no supermarket product will ever rival a real Boxing Day leftover sandwich, this one comes as close as you can hope for. 

The fillings are generous with ample turkey, bacon, stuffing and cranberry sauce. A real Christmas cracker! – Jack Newman

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Marks & Spencer Turkey Feast, £3.30 got a five-star review thanks to its generous fillings and delicious cranberry sauce

Marks & Spencer Turkey Feast, £3.30 got a five-star review thanks to its generous fillings and delicious cranberry sauce 

Merry Vegan Vegetable Morrisons

£2.50

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The Merry Vegan Vegetable from Morrisons is the type of sarnie that makes you feel warm and fuzzy inside – it then offers a kiss on the forehead when you discover it’s under 400kcals. 

The sage and onion bread is incredibly moreish, but the vegetable fritter topped with a generous layer of red cabbage was the piece de resistance. Finally, a vegan sandwich that doesn’t taste vegan – HALLEUJAH. – Kaya Terry 

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The sage and onion bread is incredibly moreish, but the vegetable fritter topped with a generous layer of red cabbage was the piece de resistance

The sage and onion bread is incredibly moreish, but the vegetable fritter topped with a generous layer of red cabbage was the piece de resistance

Aldi Eat & Go Deep Filled Turkey Feast, £1.69 was praised by Charlotte for it's fried onion and malted bread

Aldi Eat & Go Deep Filled Turkey Feast, £1.69 was praised by Charlotte for it’s fried onion and malted bread

Aldi Eat & Go Deep Filled Turkey Feast, £1.69

This delicious sandwich was packed with filling. 

With turkey, stuffing, cranberry chutney, bacon and fried onion on malted bread it offered everything you desire from a Christmas sandwich. 

The generous filling was complemented by soft bread and overall offered a very enjoyable lunch.

I definitely would purchase again.  -Charlotte Dean

Greggs Pigs Under Blankets Baguette

£3.20

A real winner this one – with sausages, crispy bacon, stuffing and lashings of cranberry sauce in a soft, warm baguette. 

Unlike most shop-brought Christmas sandwiches this tastes genuinely homemade: the soft of comforting, hearty fare you’d get from your gran. 

A great option to warm you up on a cold winter day.  – Rory Tingle

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Greggs Pigs Under Blankets Baguette is a great option to warm you up on a cold winter day with a four star rating

Greggs Pigs Under Blankets Baguette is a great option to warm you up on a cold winter day with a four star rating 

Aldi Butter Basted Turkey with Pigs under Blankets

£2.29

This is everything you would want from a Christmas sandwich; pillowy bread with a pigs in blanket, turkey and stuffing filling. 

It felt festive from the moment you opened the packet due to the sage aroma from the stuffing. 

The pigs in blankets were a stand out factor. My only complaint is there could have been more cranberry sauce. – Connie Rusk 

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This is everything you would want from a Christmas sandwich; pillowy bread with a pigs in blanket, turkey and stuffing filling, say Connie of the Butter Basted Turkey with Pigs under Blankets

This is everything you would want from a Christmas sandwich; pillowy bread with a pigs in blanket, turkey and stuffing filling, say Connie of the Butter Basted Turkey with Pigs under Blankets

Costa Turkey & The Trimmings Classic Toastie

From £3.65

I don’t know what’s ‘classically Christmas’ about a cheese toastie and I’m in two minds over whether it’s a good thing. It’s packed with delicious filling – turkey, bacon, stuffing – so definitely indulgent. 

It’s a non-traditional classic, but a classic nonetheless. I would have another straight away. – Chris Bridger-Linning

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Chris said the Costa Turkey & The Trimmings Classic Toastie was a non-traditional classic

Chris said the Costa Turkey & The Trimmings Classic Toastie was a non-traditional classic

Tesco Turkey, Stuffing & Cranberry Sub

£2.75

After Morrisons’ pigs in blankets baguette left me underwhelmed, I have a cheerier story to tell on its rival Tesco’s turkey, stuffing and cranberry white soft sub, which fared much better.

As billed, the sub was indeed soft and the filling was nice a juicy with good sized turkey chunks.

Tasty, filling and decent value at £2.75. A winner, winner turkey dinner! – Dan Holbrook

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Tasty, filling and decent value at £2.75. A winner, winner turkey dinner! - Dan Holbrook

Tasty, filling and decent value at £2.75. A winner, winner turkey dinner! – Dan Holbrook

More expensive than the sub at £2.80, it was good quality and tasty with again decent sized pieces of meat.

More expensive than the sub at £2.80, it was good quality and tasty with again decent sized pieces of meat.

Tesco Turkey & Trimmings

£2.80

Also from Tesco, I went for the turkey and trimmings wholemeal bread sandwich with sage and onion stuffing. 

More expensive than the sub at £2.80, it was good quality and tasty with again decent sized pieces of meat. 

It seemed to have a healthy dollop of mayonnaise which gave it some texture and meant that the filling (unlike Morrisons) wasn’t too dry and sand-papery. 

All in all this was another festive treat! – Dan Holbrook 

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Morrisons Cheeseboard Sandwich 

£2.50

This festive treat is as delicious as it sounds and will delight any cheese lover out there. The blue cheese is creamy and rich, and marries itself well with the other ingredient. 

The Wensleydale crumbs go very well with the sweet plum and chutney. As far as Christmas sandwiches do, this one will light up any lunch break. – Claire Toureille 

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The Wensleydale crumbs go very well with the sweet plum and chutney on the Morrisons Cheeseboard Sandwich

The Wensleydale crumbs go very well with the sweet plum and chutney on the Morrisons Cheeseboard Sandwich

PAUL Christmas Turkey Sandwich

£4.95

A real winner this one, with a generous amount of filling in a pleasingly chewy, rustic-style baguette studded with cranberries. 

Paul prides itself on fresh preparation and it really shows, with juicy turkey and proper bacon rather than the rubbery, artificial stuff you get in some shop-brought sandwiches. Topping it off is a good slather of relish which keeps everything moist without soaking through the bread. – Rory Tingle 

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Rory loved Paul's Christmas sandwich, praising its 'juicy turkey' and 'proper bacon'

Rory loved Paul’s Christmas sandwich, praising its ‘juicy turkey’ and ‘proper bacon’

 Paul Stuffed with Stuffing Sandwich

£4.65

 A veggie delight! Gorgeous, thick crusty sage and onion bread with a delicious sweet potato and chestnut stuffing, vegan pâté, and grilled carrots and salad.

In true festive style, it’s  all topped with cranberry sauce.

While you can tell this is well made, it felt like it was missing a touch of umani, or the protein that might be given with turkey. 

The stuffing itself is crispy and satisfying, but I could do without the carrot, which made it a little tricky to eat because it slipped and slid everywhere.

All in all a great sandwich sure to please plant-based pals and carnivores alike.  –  Bridie Pearson – Jones 

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All in all a great sandwich sure to please plant-based pals and carnivores alike. - Bridie Pearson - Jones

All in all a great sandwich sure to please plant-based pals and carnivores alike. – Bridie Pearson – Jones

Starbucks A Toastie To Be Thankful For

£4.49

The Toastie to be Thankful for includes shredded ham hock, sliced turkey and a sprout, potato, cabbage and leek hash in sourdough bread – just like Boxing Day Bubble & Squeak with a touch of cheesy bread.

A lovely extra was the bread itself – topped with mozzarella, bechemal and cheddar. I could really tell this was from Starbucks as it really gave the flavour profile of one of their paninis – all with a festive twist.

The name made me think it might be more American – focusing on Thanksgiving food rather than Christmas – and it certainly had a touch of US sweetness with an overwhelming cranberry sauce making the whole thing a little saccrine.

All in all a good toastie which could definitely be nice to snack on with a coffee on a cosy winter morning – Bridie Pearson-Jones   

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All in all a good toastie which could definitely be nice to snack on with a coffee on a cosy winter morning - Bridie Pearson-Jones

All in all a good toastie which could definitely be nice to snack on with a coffee on a cosy winter morning – Bridie Pearson-Jones

Starbucks Turkee & Trimmings Toastie (vegan)

£4.25

Another vegan treat! I was really excite to try this soya turkey with potato, leek, cabbage and sprout hash and coconut mozzarella. 

But like its real meat alternative it was overwhelmingly cranberry-based.

Still gets points for thick tasty – and perfectly toasted bread – and a good tasty turkey alternative.  – Bridie Pearson-Jones 

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Still gets points for thick tasty - and perfectly toasted bread - and a good tasty turkey alternative. - Bridie Pearson-Jones

Still gets points for thick tasty – and perfectly toasted bread – and a good tasty turkey alternative. – Bridie Pearson-Jones

Aldi Plant Menu Vegan Feast Sandwich

£1.69 

Fancying something a little lighter than the traditional meat-based festive sandwich for lunch, I plumped for Aldi’s vegan take, which packs a parsnip fritter, shredded apple, crispy cabbage and sultanas between cranberry and poppy seed bread with fried onions and spinach in the mix too. 

How did it taste? 

The parsnip fritter, the main event, was really good – like falafel in texture and taste. The sweetness of the cranberry, apple and raisins gave it a festive kick and the bread was super soft – and stuffed to the brim too – no scrimping here. A surprise yuletide hit. – Jo Tweedy

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The parsnip fritter, the main event, was really good - like falafel in texture and taste - Jo Tweedy

The parsnip fritter, the main event, was really good – like falafel in texture and taste – Jo Tweedy

Waitrose No Lobster Marie Rose Roll

£3

Calling this ‘lobster’ is a big stretch – nonetheless it was very very tasty.

The Marie Rose sauce and sautéed mushrooms was very moreish, so much so I almost consumed the whole thing in one bite.

With the added green of cucumber and rocket it really packed a punched. The best part was the sweet brioche role which perfectly complemented the tangy filling.

Did it feel festive? Not really – if anything it felt like summer flavours. But I’d buy it again in a heartbeat.   – Bridie Pearson-Jones 

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Did it feel festive? Not really - if anything it felt like summer flavours. But I'd buy it again in a heartbeat. - Bridie Pearson-Jones

Did it feel festive? Not really – if anything it felt like summer flavours. But I’d buy it again in a heartbeat. – Bridie Pearson-Jones

Boots Shapers Turkey, Cranberry & Stuffing

£3 

As a die-hard fan of the Boots Shapers sandwich, this one didn’t disappoint. Packed with meat and stuffing, this proves to be the perfect pre-Christmas treat. 

My only complaint would be there is slightly too much cranberry sauce, but still worth the (small number of) calories! – Laura Fox

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My only complaint would be there is slightly too much cranberry sauce, but still worth the (small number of) calories! - Laura Fox

My only complaint would be there is slightly too much cranberry sauce, but still worth the (small number of) calories! – Laura Fox

Starbucks Blitzen’s Blue Cheese & Chutney Toastie

From £2.99 

 A tasty lunch on the go – but the blue cheese is very strong, not one to go for unless you’re a big cheese fan.

 It was completely filled to the brim with Blue Stilton cheese, grated mozzarella soft cheese, cheddar, and Emmental and the apple chutney gave it a delicious sweet kick. 

An absolute cheese lovers dream! For me personally the blue cheese was a little too strong, but I’m sure others would adore it. It’s essentially a cheeseboard in a sandwich. 

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It was completely filled to the brim with Blue Stilton cheese, grated mozzarella soft cheese, cheddar, and Emmental and the apple chutney gave it a delicious sweet kick.

It was completely filled to the brim with Blue Stilton cheese, grated mozzarella soft cheese, cheddar, and Emmental and the apple chutney gave it a delicious sweet kick.

The perfect balance of soft cheese with the tang of cranberry - with an added layer of spinach which stops the cranberry from being too sharp or sweet.

The perfect balance of soft cheese with the tang of cranberry – with an added layer of spinach which stops the cranberry from being too sharp or sweet.

Tesco Brie & Cranberry

£2.50 

Brie & Cranberry is the best option at Christmas in my opinion, and this was a very worthy sandwich and a bargain price.

The perfect balance of soft cheese with the tang of cranberry – with an added layer of spinach which stops the cranberry from being too sharp or sweet.

My only issue is the malted bread was thin and a touch flimsy.

On a good sourdough this would have been a real winner!

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Morrison’s French Brie and Cranberry

£2.40

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The creamy brie combined brilliantly with the tangy pop of the cranberry sauce to create a delightful mix of sweet and savoury.

A fluffy and light ciabatta meant this was also a great festive option to get away from heavier seasonal bites. – Dan Sales

A fluffy and light ciabatta meant this was also a great festive option to get away from heavier seasonal bites

A fluffy and light ciabatta meant this was also a great festive option to get away from heavier seasonal bites

Morrisons Turkey Lunch Sandwich

£2.50 

This classic turkey breast sandwich has cranberry chutney, smoked bacon, pork, sage and onion stuffing and seasoned mayonnaise served on malted bread 

It was like being transported to a moment of Boxing Day inspiration when leftover turkey and cheese from Dec 25 is thrown between two bits of bread and complimented perfectly by a healthy dose of mustard. – Toby Meyjes

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It was like being transported to a moment of Boxing Day inspiration when leftover turkey and cheese from Dec 25 is thrown between two bits of bread and complimented perfectly by a healthy dose of mustard. - Toby Meyjes

It was like being transported to a moment of Boxing Day inspiration when leftover turkey and cheese from Dec 25 is thrown between two bits of bread and complimented perfectly by a healthy dose of mustard. – Toby Meyjes

Morrisons Market Street The Best King Prawn Cocktail Ciabatta

 £2.75 

I expect King Prawns to be effectively small lobsters. These are, at best, Prince-sized. Or, if we’re being harsh, not that far from regular garden-variety prawns.

Nonetheless, the trick to a good sandwich is to keep it simple, and Morrisons have delivered. 

Soft, chewy ciabatta and crisp lettuce with a tangy, flavourful sauce – who wouldn’t forgive a less-than-regal prawn in an otherwise delicious combination?  – Henry Martin

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Soft, chewy ciabatta and crisp lettuce with a tangy, flavourful sauce - who wouldn't forgive a less-than-regal prawn in an otherwise delicious combination? - Henry Martin

Soft, chewy ciabatta and crisp lettuce with a tangy, flavourful sauce – who wouldn’t forgive a less-than-regal prawn in an otherwise delicious combination? – Henry Martin

An exceptional ratio of smoked salmon to egg, the bread was so soft and made for the perfect canvas to the flavours delivered by the truffle sauce - Holly Staffor

An exceptional ratio of smoked salmon to egg, the bread was so soft and made for the perfect canvas to the flavours delivered by the truffle sauce – Holly Staffor

Waitrose Smoked Salmon and Soft Cheese

£3.30

An exceptional ratio of smoked salmon to egg, the bread was so soft and made for the perfect canvas to the flavours delivered by the truffle sauce. 

Who said festive food has to be always decadent and rich; this sandwich offers the perfect palate refresher for when you want something light without compromising on style and flavour.  – Hollly Stafford  

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Tesco California inspired Vegan Christmas wrap

£3

As a vegan, I am not a huge fan of anything that imitates meat, and the pea and wheat protein was giving me chicken vibes. 

However, it wasn’t too intrusive and had lots of flavour. The vibrant pesto vegan mayo was the showstopper in this wrap for me, it was the perfect combination of cool and smoky. T

he lettuce was super crunchy, and tomato wrap itself was soft and tasty.

I wouldn’t have said this was a Christmas wrap as I didn’t get a festive vibe from it. 

It almost tasted like a Caesar salad with a bit of smoke in it. Not Christmassy at all but lovely all the same. 

I am a big fan of the Wicked brand so expect nothing less from them 

I would say to improve it, ditch that pea and wheat protein which reminds me of chicken and replace it with something Christmassy. – Amie-Beth Steadman

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I would say to improve it, ditch that pea and wheat protein which reminds me of chicken and replace it with something Christmassy. - Amie-Beth Steadman

I would say to improve it, ditch that pea and wheat protein which reminds me of chicken and replace it with something Christmassy. – Amie-Beth Steadman

 

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