There are lots of things we look forward to during the build up to Christmas. Buying advent calendars, drinking all the hot chocolate we can stomach, visiting every cosy igloo within the M25 and of course eating as many Christmas sandwiches as we possibly can.
You’ll be happy to know that it is time to ditch your go to meal deal and usual Pret sandwiches for the rest of the year because its Christmas sandwich time. It doesn't get much better than heading down to your local supermarket or café on a dreary winter day to get what is essentially a roast dinner in between two slices of bread. Plus, with so many different variations to choose from you won’t get bored in the way you most likely do with your everyday sandwich choice. It is true what they say, everything really is better at Christmas.
What: Pret’s Christmas Lunch on Gluten-free Bread
Why: Pret have finally unveiled their 2019 Christmas sandwich and it doesn’t disappoint. Taking all the ingredients from the traditional Christmas sandwich including turkey, herb and pork stuffing and port and cranberry sauce, it’s now available on Pret’s Gluten free bread as an open sandwich. The classic Christmas lunch and veggie version are back and since it was so popular in the summer, the Pret lobster roll is back for the festive season too.
When: Available from 5 November
How much: £3.49
What: Wensleydale & Spiced Fruit Chutney
Why: Claiming it tastes like a mince pie, this new Christmas sandwich, which has been added to Morrisons' Christmas 2019 menu, may be the answer to you wanting to eat dessert for lunch, but not wanting to feel guilty. The Wensleydale in this lunchtime sarnie is topped with mince pie-spiced chutney, which is all wrapped in a panettone bread roll. We think that it sounds like the perfect balance of sweet and salty and couldn’t be anymore Christmassy if it tried. Other sandwiches you can buy off this year’s Christmas menu include the Yorkshire pudding wrap.
When: Available now
How much: £3
What: Veggies Under Vest Sandwich
Why: Vegans rejoice because not only have Costa got lots of sweet vegan Christmas treats on its menu but it now has a vegan Christmas sandwich too. Filled with falafel and parsnip stuffing, carrot and cranberry sauce, vegan mayonnaise and spinach, you’ll get the heartiness of a traditional Christmas sandwich minus the meat. For all the non-vegans, you can try the British turkey and trimmings toastie or go for an old classic like the brie, bacon and cranberry Panini.
When: Available from 1 November
How much: £4.95
What: On The Go Christmas Market Sandwich
Why: As one of the first supermarkets to gve us a preview of its Christmas sandwich collection, Sainsbury’s has announced that it will have nine sandwiches to choose from including the new ‘On the Go Christmas Market Sandwich’, which will sit alongside all its classics which are back for the season. Filled with ham hock, sauerkraut, gherkins, spinach and beer mayo, this is all the best things you can find at a Christmas market put into a sandwich. If this doesn’t get you in the Christmas mood we don’t know what will.
When: Available from 4 November
How much: £3
What: Dinde de Noël
Why: Back by popular demand PAUL’s Dinde de Noël sandwich is a sage and onion baguette with cranberries, sliced turkey, bacon and spinach with a rich cream cheese and horseradish sauce. Basically, lots of different flavours that come together and scream Christmas. This one is a little more expensive but definitely worth the extra pennies. Other options on the Christmas menu include, the festive pig sandwich (pigs in blankets, but in a sandwich), all about the sprout, which is its vegan alternative, and the camembert cracker toastie with sourdough bread and onion marmalade.
When: Hitting the shelves 4th November
How much: £4.65
What: Roast Beef & Peppercorn Sauce
Why: Straying slightly from your usual turkey based sandwich, M&S have launched a roast beef sandwich with caramelised onions on white onion bread as part of their new Christmas sandwich range for 2019. If you can’t quite imagine a Christmas sandwich without turkey you’ll be happy to know that old classics like the turkey feast, turkey, pigs in blankets and Christmas turkey wrap will be back too.
When: The entire sandwich collection will be available from the 30th October
How much: £3.50
What: Turkey Curry & Bhaji Wrap
Why: Pushing the creative boundaries of Christmas Sandwich fillings, Tesco has combined two of the UKs favourite dishes, curry and a roast dinner, to create this Christmas wrap. We’re intrigued by this filling but if it doesn’t sound like your cup of tea other sandwiches in the Tesco Christmas range include a turkey and stuffing sub, a brie and cranberry sandwich and the Tesco finest beef and stilton sandwich.
When: Available to buy from the 28th October
How much: £2.50
What: Turkey & Cheese on Waste-less Sourdough
Why: This year GAIL’s have kept things nice and simple offering up just one great sandwich. The filling includes turkey (of course) with Swiss cheese, chipotle aioli and bacon jam. This sandwich may be indulgent but since they will be using their innovative waste-less sourdough bread, you can eat this sandwich knowing that not only is it delicious, but it is kinder on the environment too.
When: Available from the 7 November
How much: £5.10
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