Retail Insider roadtests the festive sandwich: Part Four

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.

Waitrose: Ham hock & Chilli-lilli

Whose is this then? Waitrose. Christmas ham hock and chilli-lilli.

First impressions? Generously filled. And the hock tastes properly roasted and has a nice pulled texture.

Second impressions? Squidgy white bread – boo! But the chilli-lilli is suitably tangy and tart on the tongue and thank the lord – there is greenery.

How is it on the calorie front? Middle of the road. 354 calories so no need to break out the trainers straight after.

Can you feel virtuous while eating? No charity element I am afraid. Humbug. Waitrose should be able to squeeze a few pence out to a good cause.

Value for money? £2.30 so a resounding yes.

Final score? A very creditable 7/10. (It was the bread wot done them)