Retail Insider roadtests the festive sandwich: Part Two

Retail Insider has been waiting patiently all year to eat the overpriced meat feasts in red packaging otherwise known as the ‘festive’ sandwich. But, as all right-thinking people know, Christmas definitely would not be Christmas without the chance to blow your entire day’s calorie count every lunchtime in December and more and more retailers are now getting in on the act. But quality varies. Considerably. So who better to wade through the stuffing, cranberry and pigs in blankets on your behalf than our illustrious and selfless team. No need to thank us.

Pret a Manger: The Christmas Lunch


Whose is this then? Pret a Manger.

First impressions? Highlights are the crispy onions and above average stuffing.

Second impressions? The right amount of spinach and moist turkey plus the cranberry has a real zing to it.

How is it on the calorie front?  483 calories. Chunky. But it’s a meal in itself as they say.

Can you feel virtuous while eating? Praise the lord – yes. A very satisfactory 50p goes to charities for the homeless.

Value for money? Juries out on this one. £3.50 to takeaway but a fairly pricey £4.20 to eat in.

Final score? 8.5/10