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See which supermarket wins the Battle of the Christmas Sandwiches

Festive butties by M&S, Greggs, Sainsbury's, Tesco, Lidl and others reviewed by Which? blind taste test

Every major supermarket and high street food retailer is in on the Christmas sandwich game.

So consumer magazine Which? has done a blind taste test with 36 volunteers to see who makes the best turkey Christmas lunch sandwich.

They tried yuletide efforts from Marks & Spencer, Greggs, Sainsbury's, Tesco, Lidl, Costa, Waitrose and Pret a Manger.

The nearest Waitrose to Huddersfield is at Hartshead Moor Service Station while the nearest Pret is in Leeds.

Each of the sandwiches, contain turkey, stuffing and cranberry sauce. The more expensive varieties boast things like free-range turkey, port and orange cranberry sauce and even spinach.

The most expensive costs £4.25 two-and-a-half times the price of the cheapest at £1.69. Does that mean Marks and Spencer's £4.25 sandwich is two-and-a-half times better than Lidl's bargain basement effort? No, actually.

While there is a substantial variation in the prices of these festive butties the level of quality is fairly consistent.

Each sandwich has been scored with marks out of ten based on appearance, aroma and flavour.

Costa British Turkey Feast Sandwich (from £3.50) - 7/10

Costa British Turkey Feast Sandwich

Costa's Christmas sandwich combines sliced turkey breast, Cumberland sausage, British smoked streaky bacon with sage and onion stuffing, mayonnaise and cranberry sauce on malted bread.

Our tasters said: “Bread a bit dry, too much mayo. Flavour very sweet, not well balanced.” “It's tasty and smells good but it wasn't very attractive - I could make something similar myself!”

Nutritional information: 508 kcal, 16g fat, 2.2g salt

Worth knowing: The Costa sandwich was the only sandwich of those we tasted that’s cut into rectangles rather than triangles – if that makes a difference to you.

Co-op Turkey & Trimmings Sandwich (£2.95) - 7/10

Co-op Turkey & Trimmings Sandwich

Turkey, cranberry sauce, smoked bacon, stuffing and mayo on malted bread.

Our tasters said: “Very onion-y, too much for me, very moist.” “Despite looking a bit of a mess, it had a Christmassy aroma thanks to the stuffing. Texture was good and the turkey was moist.”

Nutritional information: 467 kcal, 15g fat, 2.01g salt

Worth knowing: For those who prefer the after-party to the main event, Co-op has also created a Boxing Day lunch sandwich.

Lidl Meadow Fresh Festive Feast (£1.69) - 7/10

Lidl Meadow Fresh Festive Feast

Billed as containing 'British turkey with pork, sage and onion stuffing and cranberry sauce’.

Our tasters said: “It looks good, but actually lacks a bit of taste. Nothing very distinctive about it.” “Too moist.” “Good turkey, could smell more Christmassy.”

Nutritional information: 441 kcal, 11.4g fat, 1.96g salt

Worth knowing: This is the second ever Lidl Christmas sandwich and it's the cheapest sandwich of the selection we tasted.

Tesco Turkey & Trimmings sandwich (£2.35) - 7.5/10

Tesco Turkey & Trimmings sandwich

Turkey breast, chicken stock mayonnaise, pork sausage, cranberry sauce, sage and onion stuffing and beechwood smoked bacon in malted brown bread.

Our tasters said: “Bread is a little over-moist. Good portion of cranberry sauce and turkey.” “It didn’t look great but it tastes pretty darn good.”

Nutritional information: 589 kcal, 26.2g fat, 2.5g salt

Worth knowing: This sandwich had the highest calorie count out of all the sandwiches we tested, as well as the most salt and fat.

Sainsbury’s Turkey Feast Sandwich (£2.35) - 7.5/10

Sainsbury’s Turkey Feast Sandwich

Butter basted British turkey breast, British pork and chestnut stuffing, maple cured smoked British bacon, cranberry and port sauce, mayonnaise with spinach on malted bread.

Our tasters said: “Decent balance of flavours, quite herby. Slightly too much spinach, good for colour but not Christmassy.” “It was tasty, just the right amount of meat.”

Nutritional information: 543 kcal, 20.9g fat, 2.44g salt

Greggs Christmas Lunch Sandwich (from £3.00) - 7.5/10

Greggs Christmas Lunch Sandwich

The Greggs' sandwich is turkey with pork, onion and sage stuffing, smoky sweetcure bacon and cranberry and port sauce, spinach leaves and mayonnaise on malted bread.

Our tasters said: “Very nice stuffing, good amount of cranberry.” “Bit dry, especially the crusts. Not enough cranberry and the bacon was fatty.”

Nutritional information: 495 kcal, 11.8g fat, 2.1g salt

Worth knowing: This sandwich only launched on the 8th November.

Waitrose turkey, stuffing and bacon sandwich (£2.40) - 8/10

Waitrose Turkey, stuffing and bacon sandwich

Made with turkey breast, pork and chestnut stuffing, cranberry, port and orange chutney, mayonnaise, smoked bacon and spinach.

Our tasters said: “The sandwich had all the ingredients I would expect, the stuffing was tasty and had a little crunch because of the salad. The bread was soft and malty.” “Good depth, well filled, little too much mayo.”

Nutritional information: 459 kcal,12.8g fat, 2.04g salt.

Worth knowing: We paid £2.40 for this sandwich but it was on offer with 25% off the usual price of £3.25 until 21/11/2017.

M&S Help Shelter Turkey feast sandwich (£4.25) - 8/10

M&S Help Shelter Turkey feast sandwich

On soft malted brown bread with pork, sage and onion stuffing, cranberry chutney, smoked British bacon, mayonnaise and fried onions. M&S describes it on Twitter as ‘Our crunchy, iconic sandwich’.

Our tasters said: “It's a good sandwich, meaty, tastes of Christmas. Perhaps a bit light on the cranberry sauce.” “Filled evenly, bread not soggy. Tasty and well balanced.” “Stuffing could have been more flavoursome.”

Nutritional Information: 502 kcal,16g fat, 2.23g salt.

Worth knowing: 5% of the cost from every pack is donated to Shelter to help people struggling with bad housing or homelessness.

We paid £4.25 for this sandwich at a central London station M&S, making it by far the most expensive sandwich we tasted, but it will be cheaper in other stores.

Which? Best Christmas sandwich of 2017: Pret Christmas Lunch Sandwich (£3.75) - 8.5/10

Pret a Manger Christmas Lunch Sandwich

British free-range turkey breast on granary bread with port & orange cranberry sauce, crumbly pork stuffing (minced pork, streaky bacon and apricots), topped with crispy onions and fresh baby spinach.



Our tasters said: “Nicely moist.” “Great balance of flavours, well seasoned... lots of filling.” “Generous filling, the turkey tastes of turkey.’”

Nutritional information: 482 kcal, 16.2g fat, 2.3g salt

Worth knowing: 50p from the sale of each Christmas sandwich is donated to the Pret Foundation Trust to help the homeless.

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