about 3 years ago by Paul Marks

2019 Christmas Mince Pie Reviews


It's that time of year again where we can all stuff our faces with mince pies and not feel too bad about it. But, the traditional mince pie has evolved beyond the standard, with some rather intriguing ingredients now on offer.

As a way of justifying the significant amount of mince pies our consultants eat during their lunch breaks, they've decided to turn their face-stuffing antics into a review guide, to help you make an educated mince pie purchase this Christmas time (if you shop in Waitrose, Sainburys or M&S).

Sainsbury’s – 4 All Butter Apple & Salted Caramel Mince Pies:

  • A poor man’s Eccles cake; the description built us up and the average tangy, fruity filling knocked us back down again. Poor pastry, no lid and far from traditional. A unanimous 3/10. 

Sainsbury’s – 6 Deep Filled Mince Pies:

  • Deep filled and oozey, but nothing memorable about these. 5.5/10

Waitrose – 6 Butter Enriched Shortcrust Mince Pies:

  • An average, traditional mince pie, with strong pastry and well filled. 6/10

Waitrose – 4 Plum, Honey & Ginger Mince Pies:

  • An enjoyable twist on classic flavors - subtle warming ginger with a real Christmas feel! 7/10

Waitrose – 6 Chocolate & Sour Cherry Crumble Mince Pies:

  • Not your typical mince pie, but overall a great Christmas treat! Would recommend; think black forest gateaux meets mince pie. Mince Pie – 6/10 | Christmas treat 8/10.

Waitrose – 4 Large Spiced Mince Pies with a Lemon Twist:

  • As crumbly as they are zesty; rich and indulgent. A winning combination from Heston. A strong 9/10 mince pie. 

Marks and Spencer – 6 Mince Pies:

  • Buttery, light pastry. Intense and wholesome filling. Taste Christmas!  9/10.

Of course, taste is subjective and you should go and try for yourself, but hopefully these reviews can help guide your shopping decisons - enjoy!

Special thanks to our mince pie reviewers: Ryan Daly, Ted Edmunds, Luke Longman, Carl Wagg, Sara Little and Neil Kerr.

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