The first thing to establish is how seriously we take the art of sandwich ranking. And apparently also photographing sandwiches in front of a weird holy shrine to bread. It all seemed necessary at the time. Moving on, we’ve devised the most definitive and comprehensive sandwich ranking known to humankind. Each category is marked out of five; five being the highest score. Here we go:

Tesco, Wensleydale & Spiced Carrot Chutney,  £2

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We now regret the decision to use fake candles

 

Filling to bread ratio Flavour Texture   Moistness Originality Packaging Value for money Overall Score
3.2 3 2.1 4.5 3 2.3 4 22.1

Comments:

We started with a veggie option. Rogue, but it was the carrot chutney that drew us in. Bonus points for originality. It even started debate over what can be defined as a chutney; an edible conversation piece. The sweetness of the chutney worked well with the tangy Wensleydale. However, there was one overwhelming factor: the moistness which dominated the texture. Perhaps it was because the sandwich was sat in our lukewarm office for a couple of hours, but the sogginess just wasn’t something we could get over. We were left yearning for some more crunch… perhaps even more spinach. And that is an urge we cannot forgive them for making us feel. But it was only two quid, so maybe we would buy it again.

Tesco Finest* range, Turkey Feast, £3

Still regret the decision to use the fake candles

Still regret the decision to use the fake candles

 

 

 

Filling to bread ratio Flavour Texture   Moistness Originality Packaging Value for money Overall Score
4.2 3.7 3.2 3.2 2 3.7 3.5 23.5

Comments:

It says Finest*, and the asterisk really accentuates that, but somehow we didn’t believe it would be the finest sandwich we’d eat. But as you can see from the stats, we shouldn’t have judged so quickly. The filling to bread ratio was very pleasing; the bread was thick yet fluffy, and Tesco were generous with the meaty filling and mayonnaise, ensuring there wasn’t a dry bread mouth in the house. That being said, the picture on the packaging promised cranberry sauce, literally a whole pot of it, and delivered only a smidge. Then again, for only £1 more than the soggy cheese sandwich, the quality was outstanding.

COSTA, Brie, Bacon & Cranberry Panini, £3.95

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Filling to bread ratio Flavour Texture   Moistness Originality Packaging Value for money Overall Score
1.5 1.7 1.5 2 2.2 1 1.2 11.1

Comments:

Ah, the first hot sandwich. At least it was when we purchased it. It’s safe to say this panini wasn’t a crowd pleaser, and we don’t think the lack of warmth was to blame. Okay, maybe a bit, but there also seemed to be a serious lack of filling. That paired with such thick, stodgy bread just didn’t work. And the cranberry sauce? Non-existent. Carlos from Costa had handed it to us with such confidence that we felt it was a winner. But sorry Costa Carlos, it’s a no from us.

M&S, Turkey & Pigs in Blankets, £3.30

Wait, maybe the candles DO look festive & good?

Wait, maybe the candles DO look festive & good?

 

Filling to bread ratio Flavour Texture   Moistness Originality Packaging Value for money Overall Score
3.8 4 3 3.3 2.8 3 3.5 23.4

Comments:

Although there were some high scores given by the tasters, this sandwich caused controversy. When you think of the classic pigs in blankets, you tend to think of it… as one item. Maybe we’re fussy, but the deconstructed pigs in blankets M&S presented were too avant-garde for us. You see, the magic of pigs in blankets is that they are in the blankets, not squished on top of them. Anyway, there was tonnes of cranberry sauce and Ollie, founder of Loot, claims it was ‘the best thing to go in [his] mouth all day.’* So overall, pretty good.

*We are not able to provide evidence of what had previously been in Ollie’s mouth on said day

M&S, Brie & Grape, £3

Oh, no. No, they don’t

Oh, no. No, they don’t

 

Filling to bread ratio Flavour Texture   Moistness Originality Packaging Value for money Overall Score
4 3.4 2.6 4 3.8 2.8 3.6 24.2

Comments:

From first bite, the brie stood out. It was truly emblematic of M&S and all they stand for: pure quality ingredients. However, the second bite revealed an intense sweetness from the grapes that we weren’t prepared for. After some research (one Google search), we realised it was probably because of a chemical reaction the grape had gone through whilst ripening in the sandwich. For those thrilled, click here to find out more. Thankfully, the soggy downfall of the Wensleydale was avoided here. Impressive considering the levels of moistness. As Danni, Content and Communication powerfully summarised the sandwich: ‘tasty, but not mind-blowing’.

6) Christmas Turkey Wrap, £3.30

Slightly off-centre wrap for edgy effect

Slightly off-centre wrap for edgy effect

Filling to bread ratio Flavour Texture   Moistness Originality Packaging Value for money Overall Score
3.7 2 2.5 3.2 3.7 3.5 2    20.6

Comments:

We had arrived at the first wrap, a clear advantage on the filling to bread ratio front. There was some buzz over the brussels sprouts slaw, a current and interesting take on the Christmas equivalent of Marmite. Sadly, M&S didn’t quite pull it off. The slaw didn’t offer much flavour and dried out the rest of the ingredients. We all agreed it wasn’t quite the standard you expect from a retailer that also sells prosecco crisps. Sigh.

 

Pret, Christmas Lunch, £3.60

Looks a bit smooshed and gross, we may have mishandled it

Looks a bit smooshed and gross, we may have mishandled it

 

Filling to bread ratio Flavour Texture   Moistness Originality Packaging Value for money Overall Score
3.8 4.2 3.8 4 2.2 3.2 3.2 24.4

Comments:

What first struck us is how mysterious this sandwich was; there was no description on the packaging, but the intrigue only made us more eager to tuck in. Clever, Pret, clever. The filling  was brimming and so was its flavour. The mixture of turkey, a herby stuffing, bacon and cranberry sauce worked so well because each flavour held its own, yet somehow blended seamlessly. Then for texture, the crispy onion gave some much-needed crunch. That being said, our HR guy Yinka then told us it had ‘no respect for flavour composition’ and we had to stop to question our own taste buds.

Pret, Very Merry Christmas Lunch, £3.75

If only you could capture smell through photos

If only you could capture smell through photos

Filling to bread ratio Flavour Texture   Moistness Originality Packaging Value for money Overall Score
2.8 2.8 3 3.2 4 2.6 2.6 21

Comments:

The only vegan contender, and again, no description from Pret. Every bite seemed to solve a piece of the puzzle, but then confuse us even more. From what we could see, we thought the filling was roast carrot, but the crunch indicated the carrot had been left in its natural form: raw. The texture wasn’t very appealing and the flavour was quite tart. Someone commented on the ‘funky stench’, and then we found a single pistachio. Basically, it was a very confusing experience. But we really appreciate Pret providing a vegan option, we just wish it was a bit nicer.

WINNER: Pret’s Christmas Lunch! (followed closely by Tesco Finest*)

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