As a student, the dream is to go all out with your flat and rock up to the local pub for a three course Christmas special with all the trimmings. ‘Tis the season, after all. The reality is that it’s December and you’re balls deep in your overdraft. You can barely afford a pint of milk, let alone a pint of bitter.
Fear not, for there is light at the end of the tunnel. A sandwich shaped tunnel. Here at Student Life Guide we rated and slated all the top Christmas sandwiches on offer to make sure you get the best bang for your (albeit limited) buck.
M&S – Turkey Feast (£4.25)
For this extortionate number I was expecting perfection. To be fair, it wasn’t far off. A good balance of meats (Turkey, pork, bacon) made for a satisfying mix of all things Christmas. A decent amount of cranberry sauce prevented any dryness and the bread wasn’t half bad. The main point against this bad boy is the price. However, 5% of the cost from every pack is donated to Shelter – a charity helping people with bad housing or homelessness. Having said that, after dishing out £4.25 I might also find myself out on the streets so could be a bit counterproductive.
Waitrose – Turkey, Stuffing and Bacon (£3.25)
This sandwich could not be more Waitrose if it tried. With ‘pork and chestnut stuffing’ and ‘port and orange chutney’ Waitrose have outdone themselves with their attempts to make the tackiest product around oh-so-middle-class. What’s ironic is that the attempt to supersede the quality of other classic Christmas combo has bitten them in the arse. The chutney, combined with mayo (why??), tastes foul. The meat is no better than what Greggs have to offer and the bread could pass for a solid 6/10 seeded loaf from Lidl. However, the sleigh-scene packaging is appreciated – standing out from the usual red and white snowflake ordeal. This sandwich really is the pinnacle of Waitrose’ products- looks better than the rest, tastes exactly the same.
Greggs – Christmas Lunch Toastie (£3)
Greggs is like your old school friend from home that didn’t go to uni. Reliable, pleasant and a bit dull. No fireworks, no disasters. Greggs’ Xmas toastie very much lives up to this standard. A pretty average price for a pretty average lunch. The bread is quite soggy but the meat is aplenty. The cheese is on top of the toastie rather than inside which makes for unnecessary confusion in an already stressful period of the year. It is cheap for a toastie though, so if desperate then I would recommend.
Co-op – Turkey and trimmings (£2.95)
Considering this is co-op (renowned for their obscene prices) I thought £2.95 was reasonable. What’s nice about this sandwich is that it doesn’t pretend to be something it’s not. It says ‘Turkey and trimmings’ and that’s exactly what you get. Filled with your crowd-pleasing turkey breast, cranberry sauce, sage & onion stuffing, diced bacon and (slightly adventurous) chicken stock mayo, this sandwich ticks all the boxes. This sandwich is the ‘nice guy’. This sandwich is your rock. Not something to write home about, but not something to turn down.
And the Winner is….
Photo cred: Sainsbury’s
Sainsbury’s – Turkey Feast on Malted Bread (£2.35)
Can someone please tell me what the difference between ‘malted’ and ‘normal brown’ bread is? I, for one, am lost. The filling, however, was very pleasing. Butter-basted Turkey breast made for an excellent spin on your standard grilled pursuit. There was a good amount of bacon and an enjoyable level of seasoning. The price being almost half that of the disappointing M & S concoction, I would say the title ‘Turkey Feast’ lives up to its name.
The ones to avoid at all costs:
M&S – Chestnut Roast Wrap (£2.80)
In a word- vile. The wrap is more orange than a TOWIE Christmas party showered in Wotsits and Sunny D. The filling- shit, being 90% carrot. Level of festivity? -10. I was left with nothing but disappointment and regret after consuming this heinous crime against Christmas. It is vegan though, so I shouldn’t have expected any better.
Pret-A-Manger – Christmas Salad (more than you should ever consider paying for this abomination)
That’s right, Salad. Whoever crept out from under Satan’s rock to whip up this diabolical monstrosity deserves the Norovirus twice over. I feel like I could have done a better job pissing on some shrubbery, sprinkling glitter and dubbing my creation a ‘Festive salad’. I don’t care if you’re trying to be healthy in the run up to Christmas, the very existence of this catastrophic ‘vegetarian’ option has already shattered my festive spirit. If you’re looking for a sure-fire way to ruin your day (and that of everyone around you) then, please, stroll into pret- leaving your dignity outside- and order the Christmas Salad. Go on. I dare you.