The arrival of the Pret Christmas sandwich today (3 November 2020) marks the official start of London's Christmas sandwich season. We've rounded up the best of the seasonal sarnie selection to help you make the right lunchtime choice.
This Yuletide sarnie makes a welcome return at this King's Cross sandwich joint. It features roast Swaledale turkey, spicy cranberry and smoked bacon XO, bread sauce mayo, Marsala gravy ‘Moistmaker’, pickled red cabbage and watercress. "Prepare to wave goodbye to sadness," they say, "and wave hello to a well deserved nap after you’ve eaten the thing."
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The Pret Christmas sandwich usually heralds the start of Christmas eating (in a normal year) and this year the Christmas lunch sandwich is back again. It's British turkey with port & orange cranberry sauce, herby pork stuffing and baby spinach leaves, finished with free-range mayo and crispy onions. A vegan version is available - the Christmas Nut Roast. But it's the Pigs in Blankets Hot Roll that we really have our eye on. That's Lincolnshire sausages wrapped in streaky bacon, on a layer of caramelised onion chutney and finished with a dab of mustard mayo. We may well have a few of those this year. On sale from 3 November in store and via Deliveroo.
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GAIL's are bringing back their Wasteless Christmas Sandwich for another year. Made with smoked turkey, Mayfield Swiss cheese, chipotle aioli and bacon jam - and served in their Waste-Less Malted Wholegrain Sourdough. On sale from 5 November 2020.
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New to the M&S festive range this year is a turkey curry wrap (turkey in curry mayonnaise, with sweet mango chutney, carrot and cabbage slaw) and a properly different sounding truffled egg and honey-roast ham sandwich which has a whole poached egg in the centre. As with previous years, they'll be donating 5% of all festive foods sold to Shelter. In-store only. Launches in store 4 November.
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PAUL Bakery's award-winning Dinde de Noël Sandwich is back once more - it's a sage, onion and cranberry baguette, filled with sliced turkey, smoky bacon and spinach topped with a cream cheese and horseradish sauce. They also have two new veggie and vegan creations - The Vegan Sprout Sandwich and The Festive Fromage Sandwich. On sale in-store or delivering through Uber Eats and Deliveroo from 3 November.
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The new sandwich this year is the Tesco Plant Chef Root Veg & Chestnut Wrap - what they're describing as "a vegan festive-spiced wrap filled with roasted veg, sweet and buttery chestnuts and cranberry sauce. They're also doing a ready meal of a turkey dinner in a giant Yorkshire Pudding. Available now in-store or online delivery.
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Inspired by the German Christmas markets, Waitrose's key Xmas sarnie this year is their Christmas Curry Bangers & Brioche. Expect smoked sausage, sauerkraut, curry ketchup and crispy onions. They're also doing a Festive Chicken Feast with turkey stock mayo in potato and parsnip bread and a vegan Roasted Roots Wrap with Carrot & Parsnip Falafel. Available now in stores and on delivery.
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Costa do have a Christmas sandwich but it's the lobster toastie which has grabbed everyone's attention this year. That's described as: responsibly sourced lobster, a rich béchamel sauce and topped with a selection of delicious cheeses, all enclosed in a parsley crumb topped seeded malted bloomer bread. You can get that and a coffee for a fiver - and they also have pigs in blankets mac n cheese and a Christmas sausage roll. On sale now - get it delivered with Uber Eats.
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We'll add more Christmas sandwiches as they're announced.
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