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The best Christmas sandwiches from Barnstaple town centre

By North Devon Journal  |  Posted: December 12, 2013

  • TASTE TEST: The Journal's Joel, Fran and Tony get stuck in.

  • FESTIVE FANCY: Christmas Club Sandwich from Sheppards Sandwich Bar Holland Walk.

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THERE'S not always time and money to spend on a slap-up seasonal meal just before Christmas. So for those craving a little festive flavour, the seasonal sarnie can be the perfect snack.

We tried and tasted six from Barnstaple town centre to find out which outlet did the killer filler. Who do you think came out top – the supermarkets or the independent cafés?

Ultimate Christmas Sandwich: Turkey breast, sausage, sage and onion stuffing and cranberry sauce

Cafécino Café and Takeaway, entry in the Pannier Market

Without doubt a clear winner. Gorgeous-tasting stuffing, quality bread (thick and fluffy) with generous chunks of tasty meat. A complete Christmas dinner in a single mouthful. It can also be served hot.

Cost: £3.50

Verdict: 9/10

Christmas Club Sandwich: Turkey, stuffing, cranberry, sausage, stuffing, cranberry sauce and mayonnaise

Sheppards Sandwich Bar Holland Walk

This sandwich looked appetising, laden with festive food. Generous portions of sausage with sliced turkey and crunchy stuffing. Very tasty but our tasters would have liked a tad more sauce to keep it moist.

Cost: £3.65

Verdict: 8/10

Turkey stuffing and Cranberry Panini

Lemon Next To The Pie, Holland Walk

Served in a box with crispy, chunky chips and salad, this mini meal boasted a good portion of chunky meat and tasty stuffing. Our tasters felt it would have benefited from a tad more sauce.

Cost: £5.50

Verdict: 7/10

Turkey And All The Trimmings

Tesco, High Street

We tasted turkey, sausage, cranberry sauce, bacon and mayonnaise in this filling sandwich. Bread was quite thin but the meat was chunky and rather tasty.

Cost: £2.20

Verdict: 7/10

Spiced Plum, Ham and Festive Chutney

Marks & Spencer, High Street

Think of this one as a glitzy ham sandwich. A tasty enough flavour for those who like a sweet treat.

Cost: £2.50

Verdict: 6/10

Christmas Dinner Triple: Starter (prawns with cocktail sauce, cucumber and lettuce on oatmeal bread), main (turkey breast, pork, sage and onion stuffing, cranberry, chutney, mayonnaise and bacon on malted bread), Dessert (Wensleydale cheese, mayonnaise, fruit chutney, sweetened dried cranberries and spinach on dark malted bread).

The Co-op, High Street

We liked the novel idea of the three-course meal at your desk. However, our tasters would have liked thicker bread and stronger flavours.

Cost: £3.25

Verdict: 5/10

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