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Best Christmas sandwiches: Stylist taste test

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It’s that time of year when the Christmas sandwich returns. But which seasonal offering is the best? The Stylist team embarked on a blind taste test to find out

Illustrations: Rosie Webb Words: Sophie Haslett

Waitrose: turkey, bacon and cranberry

£3.20

“The turkey is OK, but the bacon was a little fatty and the salad was limp,” said Stylist’s acting production editor Gareth Watkins after tasting Waitrose’s option. “The granary bread might once have been quite nice, but unfortunately its best days are behind it. Having said that, the sandwich is overall a pretty balanced mini Christmas dinner.”

2/5 stars

Winner!

Starbucks: turkey panini

£3.99

“Ciabatta seemed an odd choice for a festive sandwich, but it worked,” said Stylist’s online writer Elinor Block about this slight twist on the Christmas classic. “The ingredients (including turkey, cranberry sauce, pork, stuffing and bacon) were high quality, it looked good and there was nothing hanging out of the sides. The only problem was that you couldn’t really taste the bacon. Otherwise delicious.”

5/5 stars

Harrods: roast turkey and stuffing baguette

£4.25

The most high end option on our road test was from Harrods. Stylist intern Emma Firth said: “the turkey-to-cranberry ratio was spot on. While the bread was a little on the dry side, the turkey was rich and mouth-watering and the presentation was simple, but perfectly judged. I’d eat this all over again.”

4/5 stars

Sainsbury's: Christmas triple

£3.50

“Get your head around the size of this massive sandwich selection and it’s pretty good,” said sub editor Lucy Frith. “I loved the mix of sandwiches including turkey and cranberry; salmon and cream cheese; and cheddar cheese and pickle, and the only let down was the salmon sandwich, which was a bit soggy and you couldn’t taste the cream cheese. It dragged the overall rating down.”

3/5 stars

Pod: turkey baguette

£3.75

“If you’re looking for the most attractive Christmas sandwich out there, I’d put my money on this one,” said Stylist’s intern Daisy Taylor. “The baguette was rustic and wholemeal – so looked very attractive, the ingredients were fresh and seasonally colourful, and the layers were neat. However, the taste was hampered by the cranberry sauce which was totally overpowering.”

3/5 stars

Pret A Manger: Christmas nut roast

£3.25

“It certainly looks the part, with cranberry sauce and stuffing oozing out of seeded bread and spinach leaves adding colour like sprigs of holly,” said deputy production editor Amy Adams. “There was a nice crunch to the carrot and chestnuts and it’s a welcome alternative to the usual veggie Yuletide brie and cranberry. One criticism: too much mayo.”

3/5 stars

Marks & Spencer: Turkey feast

£3.25

“Wow, the cranberry sauce in this sandwich is overpoweringly tangy,” said online editorial assistant Sejal Kapadia. “But once you get over that, it’s full of rich Christmas flavours and moist, fresh turkey. The sandwich looks neat, but I think it needs more colour and I’d have preferred it if the bread hadn’t hardened so quite so quickly.”

2/5 stars

Eat: Christmas full works

£3.65

“While the turkey was a little dry and the stuffing lacked texture, the poppy seed bloomer bread was extremely tasty,” said Stylist’s acting junior writer Unity Blott. “There’s also a really nice mix of ingredients including ham instead of bacon which makes it less salty. I especially liked the cranberry sauce and the fact the ingredients were packed in tightly. It looked like the real deal too.”

3/5 stars

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