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Best places to do the Christmas food shop

Wondering which is the best place to get your mince pies? Look no further with our handy guide to what’s on offer at four of the UK’s biggest supermarkets

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We've selected five of the essential elements of your traditional Christmas dinner and seen what's on offer at Asda, Marks & Spencer, Sainsbury's and Tesco. Whether you're after gluten-free mince pies, Christmas tipples, or a three-bird roast for the Christmas dinner table, here's some inspiration for your festive feast…

Where to get your Christmas drinks

Where to do the christmas drinks shopping


£12 for 70cl, at Asda

This Irish cream is a classic Christmas drink. Serve with ice or treat yourself to a snifter in your coffee.


£10 for 75cl, at Marks & Spencer

Add some fizz to Christmas dinner with this lively Italian wine, which has fresh floral aromas and zingy lemon, pear and apple flavours. (Not available online)

Mulled wine

£5.50 for 75cl, Sainsbury's Taste the Difference

Save yourself the effort of making your own mulled wine with this pre-mixed version that combines Tempranillo and Merlot grapes with citrusy and spicy flavours.


£12 for 70cl, Warninks at Tesco

Mix with lemonade or soda to create a snowball – the sort of indulgent cocktail the festive season is made for.

Where to get the best Mince pies

Christmas food shopping mince pies

Gluten-free mince pies

£1.50 for 4, ‘Free From’ at Asda

These gluten-free mince pies are packed with sultanas and pieces of Bramley apple, with a touch of warming winter spice.

Puff pastry mince pies

£2.50 for 6, at Marks & Spencer

If you're not a fan of shortcrust pastry, give these M&S puff pastry pies a whirl. They're filled with fruity mincemeat that's bursting with sultanas, raisins and currants. (Not available online.)

Deep filled mince pies

£1.10 for 6, at Sainsbury's

With their butter-enriched shortcrust pastry cases, you can't go wrong with this classic version of the Christmas treat, with extra mincemeat.

Iced top mince pies

£1.50 for 6, Mr Kipling at Tesco

Satisfy your sweet tooth with this tempting take on mince pies, which combines a light pastry case with a fondant icing topping.

Where to buy your turkey (or other main event)

Where to get the best Christmas turkey or other meats

Basted British turkey

£18 for 5.3kg (serves 11–14) at Asda

Made from assured turkey, this has a buttery baste for moist and tender meat. And it's sizeable enough that you'll have plenty left over for lunch on Boxing Day.

British Three-Bird Roast

Turkey, Chicken & Duck, £35 for 1.4kg (serves 4–6) The Collection at Marks & Spencer

For a variation on straightforward turkey, try this three-bird roast, complete with a pork, plum and sloe gin stuffing, and a streaky bacon lattice.

Free Range Goose

£55 for 5kg (serves 8), Sainsbury's Taste the Difference

Or for something a bit different yet traditional, why not try goose? These birds are from a slow-growing breed and are free to range, so the meat is full of flavour.

British Beef Chateaubriand

600g–1kg, £30 for 1kg (serves 4–6), Tesco Finest

This hand-trimmed prime cut of beef fillet has been matured for 28 days. Chateaubriand is traditionally served roasted rare as an indulgent sharing dish.

The best vegetarian Christmas dinner alternatives

Vegeatrian Christmas dinner ideas

Quorn meat free roast

£3 for 454g (serves 4–5), at Asda

For a meat-free turkey alternative, Quorn is always an excellent go-to option. Its tasty roast is also high in protein and it’s gluten-free.

Parsnip, camembert and chestnut pithivier

£10.50 for 670g (serves 4), at Marks & Spencer

This delicious tart is packed with honey-roast parsnips, Camembert, chestnuts, shallots and thyme, encased in an all-butter puff pastry.

Sweet potato nut roast

£3 for 400g (serves 4), at Sainsbury's

Crammed with maple-roasted carrots, sweet potato, pecans and peanuts, this nut roast is full of flavour and goes well with cranberry sauce.

Wild mushroom & spinach vol-au-vents

Tesco Finest, £8 for 800g (serves 4), at Tesco

An appetising alternative to nut roast, these tasty vol-au-vents are made of light puff pastry and filled with mushrooms in a cream and white wine sauce.

The best options for Christmas desserts

Christmas food shopping best desserts

Yule log

£3.50 (serves 8), Asda Extra Special

Slathered in rich Belgian chocolate and icing, and with a thick butter cream filling, this will definitely hit the spot for chocoholics.

Classic Christmas pudding

£6 for 907g (serves 8) at Marks & Spencer

A true festive favourite, these puddings have been matured for six months with juicy vine fruits and generous splashes of cider, rum and sherry. (Not available online)

Fruit & nut topped stolen

£7 for 540g (serves eight), Sainsbury's Taste the Difference

A richly fruited bread from Dresden, this Fruit & Nut Topped Stollen is the meeting point between a hot cross bun and Christmas cake. What's not to love?

Fruit cake

£10 for 907g (serves 12), Tesco Finest

And if you still have some room after all that, finish off with a slice of brandy and cognac-infused fruit cake covered with marzipan and icing. Now, about that New Year diet…

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