The Best Christmas Sandwiches: A Not So Definitive Guide

It's getting close to the time of year where every lunch involves a Christmas sambo, but which one is the best?
Let's find out

1. Pret a manger

Pret a manger

The sandwich as they put it:

The now  iconic Pret Christmas sandwich marries thick slices of free-range Lincolnshire turkey breast with a sausage, sage & apricot stuffing, crispy onions, cranberry& port sauce and fresh baby spinach

The reality:

While crispy onions are always a plus, who puts apricots ina sandwich? I mean come on folks.

2. Sainsburys

Sainsburys

The sandwich as they put it:

Packed full of scrumptious Christmas Day leftovers, this is the ultimate hearty Boxing Day feast! Mellow, mature cheddar hand-made the traditional way with succulent British oak-smoked shredded ham, creamy coleslaw, smoked British turkey breast and savoury stuffing on soft malted bread.

The reality:

When have you ever heard of someone either using OR EVEN HAVING coleslaw in their house on Boxing day? Cheese and ham, yes. But coleslaw?

EVERY LITTLE DOES NOT HELP SAINSBOS!

3. Marks & Spencers

Marks & Spencers

The sandwich as they put it:

Roast British turkey breast with pork, sage and onion stuffing, cranberry chutney, smoked British sausage and mayo on brown bread

The reality:

A slow hand clap builds for this beauty of a sandwich. You can never underestimate a good deal from Marksies and throwing in a few sausages always helps.

(By the way, if you fancy saving a bit on Xmas shopping this year, you can blag an early deal with a promotional code for Marks and Spencers)

4. EATs Full Works Baguette

EATs Full Works Baguette

The sandwich as they put it:

Turkey sliced, smoked ham, sage & onion stuffing, reduced fat mayonnaise, Cranberry sauce, Rocket baguette

The reality: 

“Merry Christmas everyone! Now let’s tuck in to our baguettes” said no one ever in the history of the world.

I will admit the cheese is nice though.

5. Gregg’s

Gregg’s

The sandwich as they put it:

A lavish feast of turkey breast, bacon, cheese and cranberry sauce

The reality:

While you can always depend on Greggs for a last ditch sausage roll to tide you over, the sandwich is a big disappointment with very dry bread.

6. Boots

Boots

The sandwich as they put it:

Turkey, pork sage and onion stuffing, bacon, cranberry sauce,spinach and mayo coming together for another of your Christmas favourites.

The Reality:

Spinach in a Christmas sandwich? You must be having a laugh!

7. Costa Christmas Toastie

Costa Christmas Toastie

The sandwich as they put it:

British turkey, cranberry sauce, pork & sage stuffing on sweet cured bacon on cheese and cranberry topped bread.

The reality:

There is something just inherently wrong with toasting cranberry sauce in a panini press. It’s there to keep things cool and sweet: not hot and tongue blister inducing.

8. Tesco’s Chocolate & Cherry

Tesco’s Chocolate & Cherry

The sandwich as they put it:

Glace cherries, chocolate spread and mascarpone cheese squashed between two slices of cinnamon bread.

The reality:

If I wanted a child’s sandwich, I would’ve asked my niece to throw some Nutella in between a few hunks of bread and called it a day.

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