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Christmas sandwiches ranked worst to best

Like it or not, lunchtime is about to get a whole lot more festive. Here’s our run-down of the Yuletide sarnies to savour and swerve

Nothing says ‘Christmas’ like attempting to cram an entire festive lunch between two pieces of bread – and, this year, more businesses than ever are making Christmas sarnies. Thus, we assembled an expert panel of die-hard sandwich heads, performed a blind taste test of 33 sangers and tried to ignore the overwhelming feeling that we were going to die from a burst stomach. After all, according to the Bible, this is the true meaning of Christmas (we haven’t read the Bible). Here are London’s top Christmas sandwiches.

RECOMMENDED: For more festive fun read our guide to Christmas in London

Christmas sandwiches ranked

33
Pret: Very Merry Xmas Lunch Baguette (vegan)

Pret: Very Merry Xmas Lunch Baguette (vegan)

£3.75

We defy anyone to want to use the word ‘merry’ about this mulchy, pickly slop. Exactly where in the world this disaster counts as a ‘very merry Christmas lunch’, we don’t know. But we do know that we never, ever, ever want to go there.

32
Tesco: Pigs Under Blankets Sub roll

Tesco: Pigs Under Blankets Sub roll

£3

Sausage sandwiches are nice. So too are jam sandwiches. The way that this sanger slathers on sweet cranberry so thickly it’s like it’s trying to create a sausage/jam hybrid snack? Not so much.

31
Greggs: Turkey and Honey Roast Ham Baguette

Greggs: Turkey and Honey Roast Ham Baguette

£3

This odd inedible gristly chunk is flavoured so strongly with artificial sage nastiness that it’s like eating savoury pot pourri. Not good.

30
Eat: Christmas Cheeseboard Sandwich

Eat: Christmas Cheeseboard Sandwich

£3.96

Taking something as brilliant as your family’s annual Christmas cheeseboard and making it into a sandwich is a BRILLIANT idea. So the fact that this sandwich somehow manages to be a brown-ish nightmare of figs, inexplicable green bits and Wensleydale is a balls-up on such an epic scale that we’re almost impressed. Or we would be if we hadn’t tasted it.

29
Sainsbury’s: Christmas Lunch Wrap

Sainsbury’s: Christmas Lunch Wrap

£2.30

More curious jam/sausage interplay, this time interspersed with mysterious orange bits and placed inside a wrap. Some people have very strange ideas about what constitutes a Christmas lunch indeed.

28
Crussh: Festive Turkey Cranberry & Herb Stuffing Wrap

Crussh: Festive Turkey Cranberry & Herb Stuffing Wrap

£3.75

Jammed so full of salad that it’s like they’re trying to give the Christmas lunch the BLT treatment. Very divisive. Some of our panel liked the addition of avocado, herbs and the odd bit of cream cheese. But most shouted ‘whose idea of Christmas is this? A ROBOT’S?’ and gave it nul points.

27
Subway: Festive Sub

Subway: Festive Sub

£4

For Subway, apparently nothing says ‘festive’ like ‘sausages’ – the actual turkey is overwhelmed by the hefty bangers lurking within. The rest of the flavour can only be described as: ‘the same as every other Subway sandwich in existence’.

26
Eat: Veggie Festive Bloomer (vegan)

Eat: Veggie Festive Bloomer (vegan)

£3.75

Literally nuts: it’s full of a chestnut and walnut mulch that is overwhelmed by a humungous layer of carrots. The latter makes it a brilliant festive treat. But only if your first name happens to be ‘Rudolph’ and your surname is ‘The Reindeer’.

25
Tesco: Wensleydale and Spiced Carrot Chutney Sandwich

Tesco: Wensleydale and Spiced Carrot Chutney Sandwich

£3

If you have often thought that Wensleydale would be so much better if it was diluted into a kind of nasty paste that could be used to apply wallpaper, then this is the sandwich for you. The same applies if you prefer cheese that someone else has first chewed up into a mush and then spat back out. If you prefer to only eat cheese that has first been eaten by someone else and then sicked back up into a sandwich, then seek help.

24
M&S: Turkey Wrap

M&S: Turkey Wrap

£3

Given that Christmas is all about overindulgence, eating a tortilla wrap does not exactly scream: ‘Break out the sherry! IT’S JESUS TIME!’ That said, this is a nicely herby, colourful attempt at a Christmas wrap with a decent amount of filling.

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Remember that time we ranked all 32 Pret-A-Manger sandwiches from worst to best? It was a big day for the internet, but this pioneering piece of journalism didn’t pass without upset. Among the major complaints was that we’d left out the Christmas specials, a concern voiced by people who'd clearly put no thought towards the logistics of taste-testing a Christmas sandwich in the middle of bloody spring. Well, today we’re putting that oversight right, by rating not only Pret’s seasonal sarnies, but all their other festive foodstuffs, too. So have at 'em, and leave us a comment to let us know about the Christmas specials you rate and hate. 

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By: David Clack

Comments

10 comments
David S
David S

Tried the Dinde De Noel today, very disappointing, not much filling, overpowered by the horseradish and the baguette will give you jaw ache. M&S Turkey Feast is where it's at!

Murat S
Murat S

This time of year brings such disappointment and frustration for me, a British-born man of Turkish decent. 

I was raised not to eat pork and have developed a hatred for it. I do however LOVE turkey dinners! Each year I scan every shelf in every shop for the festive treat of my dreams - turkey, sage & onion stuffing and cranberry sauce on brown bread - but alas - every year I leave disappointed, with the only light at the end of the turkey tunnel being my boxing day sandwich at my parents house... :-(

Charlie W
Charlie W

Eat's bloomer is the best Xmas sambo on the high street this year. Again.

Keep getting non-crispy, crispy onions in the Pret version which is a disappointment.

Emma S
Emma S

I agree with Olivia N below, some serious contenders were missed. Where is Starbucks and Costa?

Olivia N
Olivia N

I dont agree with this list -I simply cannot believe Pret is the answer to this culinery quest. You havent tried the Starbucks christmas flatbread, WHICH WHEN TOASTED IN THE PANINI MAKER, becomes a high contender. This list is definitely not finished - onwards with guerilla taste testing!!!

Katy S
Katy S

What about a gluten free Christmas sandwich? Any worth checking out??

Rebecca M
Rebecca M

I had the tesco one yesterday and didn't think it was too bad, but it ranks as worst in your poll.  I have got the M and S Turkey Feast today, so lets see how that goes.  I'm not surprised that Pret is #1.

Sarah H
Sarah H

Nothing beats turkey white meat, mayo, a bit of cranberry jelly, a bit of greens and sprinkle of salt between sour dough bread.

Valerie S
Valerie S

Your no 3 sandwich seems to have the wrong picture as it has turkey and obvious BACON, but looks yummy - what is it ???, as it isn't the one with cranberry sauce.

Saskia
Saskia

Who could leave out the Leon Christmas Wrap? Turkey, bacon, stuffing, port & orange cranberry sauce, olive oil mayo & baby spinach. It's literally to die for. Shame on you, time out. I demand you try it immediately.