Best Xmas sarnies We’ve done the hard work so you don’t have to – here’s our pick of the best fes­tive sand­wiches in town

The fes­tive sea­son is upon us and that can only mean one thing: Christ­mas sand­wiches. And in Cardiff we are spoilt by the city cen­tre’s in­de­pen­dent sand­wich shops of­fer­ing a mouth­wa­ter­ing ar­ray of turkey baguettes and sarnies. David Prince spent seven day

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Baguetty Junc­tion, Pe­narth Road

■ The sand­wich: Win­ter Spe­cial Roast baguette – Roast turkey, cran­berry with stuff­ing & gravy.

■ Cost: £4

■ Ver­dict: Straight in there with a bang is Baguetty Junc­tion – and their con­tender for 2018 is top notch.

The roast turkey was suc­cu­lent and flavour­some, but it had too much cran­berry sauce in it for my lik­ing. The stuff­ing added the right amount of taste and filled me up.

The roll is served warm and wrapped in foil to re­tain the heat, which is a nice touch as by the time I got back to the of­fice it was still warm and very en­joy­able.

■ Rat­ing: 3.5/5

Servini’s, Wyn­d­ham Ar­cade

■ The sand­wich: Turkey stuff­ing with cran­berry sauce and pigs in blan­kets. ■ Cost: £6.85 or £7.85 with chips. ■ Ver­dict: This one is def­i­nitely a con­tender – ev­ery­thing about this turkey baguette screams Christ­mas and the fes­tive sea­son. The only down­side for me is too much cran­berry sauce – but again that is all done to per­sonal taste. Apart from that I re­ally loved this en­try. The turkey was tasty and ten­der, while there was quite a lot of stuff­ing.

Also you can­not go wrong with devils in temp­ta­tion or, as most peo­ple call them, pigs in blan­kets.

We ex­pe­ri­enced the full works – the baguette can even come with chips, which added a nice twist on an tra­di­tional fes­tive of­fer­ing.

■ Rat­ing: 4/5

New York Deli, High Street Ar­cade

■ The sand­wich: NYD Christ­mas spe­cial – Turkey, ba­con, NYD-stuff­ing, ched­dar cheese, English mus­tard, red cab­bage & cran­berry slaw.

■ Cost: Hoagie – £9.95. Sand­wich – £8.95. Bagel – £7.95

■ Ver­dict: As usual, Cardiff’s New York Deli de­liv­ers a feast be­fore your very own eyes. This is eas­ily one of the big­gest on of­fer but at what cost? Yes, a hefty price tag. We went for the sand­wich and you will def­i­nitely en­joy it – and feel very full after­wards.

The lay­ers of turkey and ba­con were tasty and the added cheese, mus­tard and red cab­bage re­ally brought out the flavours, al­though I did find the cran­berry slaw a lit­tle too sweet for my taste. This en­try is a mam­moth treat. ■ Rat­ing: 4/5

Mar­ket Deli, Cardiff Mar­ket

■ The sand­wich: Fes­tive roll which in­cludes turkey, sage & onion stuff­ing, pork sausage meat, chest­nut and cran­berry roll.

Al­though that is not the only fes­tive feast you can sink your teeth in to. The Mar­ket Deli have upped their game to the Premier League by adding a fes­tive York­shire pud­ding wrap and fes­tive baubles (stuff­ing) along with a pig on a stick.

■ Cost: Fes­tive roll – £3, Fes­tive York­shire pud­ding wrap – £3.50, Fes­tive bauble – £1.30 each or two for £2.20 and the pig on a stick – £1.30 each or two for £2.20.

■ Ver­dict: The Mar­ket Deli has rev­o­lu­tionised the fes­tive lunchtime treat with three out-of-this-world ad­di­tions. Each time the turkey was suc­cu­lent and tasty. The gravy and cran­berry sauce was per­fectly bal­anced to keep the meat moist (some­times turkey and pork can be a bit dry).

The win­ner here is most def­i­nitely the York­shire pud­ding wrap - for £3.50 it has ev­ery­thing you need!

■ Rat­ing: 4/5

Fresh, Royal Ar­cade

■ The sand­wich: Roast turkey, pork, sage & onion stuff­ing, cran­berry sauce & chipo­lata sausage baguette. ■ Cost: £4.50

■ Ver­dict: An­other ea­gerly-awaited en­try from Fresh Baguette. You get ev­ery­thing here – great taste and fan­tas­tic value for money.

The stuff­ing is out of this world, and when added with the chipo­lata sausage, this one is up there with the best of them.

The turkey is ten­der and sea­soned to per­fec­tion with salt and pepeer.

■ Rat­ing: 4/5

Bombers Sand­wich House, Guild­hall Place

■ The sand­wich: Christ­mas spe­cial – comes in two op­tions.

The Bunny Chow is an ed­i­ble bread bowl, filled with roast turkey, stuff­ing, roast potato with rose­mary, broc­coli, pigs in blan­kets – all topped with gravy and cran­berry sauce.

Op­tion 2 is a soft hoagie filled with roast turkey, stuff­ing, roast potato with rose­mary, broc­coli, pigs in blan­kets and cran­berry sauce – and you can have it with or with­out gravy. ■ Cost: Bunny

Chow style – £5.95 Hoagie – £4.95

■ Ver­dict: Bombers have yet again re­leased an all-rounder with 2018’s Christ­mas spe­cial. This one cer­tainly has the wow fac­tor – just look at the size of it.

This one has ev­ery­thing you could ask for in a fes­tive lunch treat. I had mine with gravy – and yes that did give it a bit of a soggy bot­tom.

But the turkey was ten­der and juicy, thanks to the gravy and cran­berry.

The broc­coli is a nice lit­tle touch that isn’t used that of­ten in other shops fes­tive en­tries.

■ Rat­ing: 4.5/5

WIN­NER: Quay Street Kitchen, Quay Street

■ The sand­wich: Turkey Christ­mas spe­cial – slow cooked pulled turkey with QSK spe­cial rub, served with crispy ba­con bits, Welsh ched­dar, rocket topped with rich cran­berry sauce in a or­ganic sour­dough baguette. Veg­gie Christ­mas spe­cial – Stil­ton cheese with fig and bal­samic chut­ney, crushed walnuts and rocket.

■ Cost: Meat – Baguette £6; Sand­wich or wrap £5.50. Veg­gie – Baguette £4.95; Sand­wich or wrap £4.50.

■ Ver­dict: Last year’s win­ner, Quay Street Kitchen, has clearly pre­pared it­self for this year’s spe­cials. The slow cooked pulled turkey is mouth­wa­ter­ing and I loved the crispy ba­con for tex­ture and flavour.

Add in the ched­dar and rocket and it’s to die for. The baguette it­self is great, though with ev­ery­thing in the roll it’s tricky to eat.

The veg­gie op­tion is the win­ner here though – the Stil­ton is one of the best I’ve tasted, and the chut­ney again is won­der­ful.

This sand­wich would be a win­ner any time of the year - I wish they would serve it as a reg­u­lar sarnie!

■ Rat­ing: 5/5 for the veg­gie and 4.5/5 for the meat.

Quay Street Kitchen’s tasty Christ­mas spe­cials

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