Perhaps it’s the fact that you could ‘pretend you made them yourself’ (as one of our taste-testers said) that makes Booths All Butter Mince Pies one of our favourites. With the perfect balance of buttery pastry and sharp filling, these rustic mince pies have the true taste of Christmas.
Price: £2.49 for a pack of six
A fine example of a traditional mince pie. With loads of gooey filling and a buttery crust, these were a serious contender for the best pie of 2015. And at less than £2 for a pack of six, they were certainly the best value for money.
Price: £1.74 for a pack of six
If you’re looking for a mince pie with a twist, then this is the one for you. It’s the creation of Nobu’s pastry chef and looks more like a rock than a pie.
The flavour is excellent, with apricots, nuts and sugar, and you can taste the black sesame paste. And although delicious, we were left wondering… is this really a mince pie?
Price: £12.50 each, available at both Nobu London & Nobu Berkeley Street, from December 1-31
This budget supermarket can certainly hold it’s own against the luxury brands in most of our taste tests. Its mince pies were full of flavour, with good, crisp pastry. Although very popular, there was quite a strong marzipan taste that wasn’t to the liking of everyone.
Price: £2.99 for a pack of six
These bite-size tonka bean mince pies are a great alternative to the real thing. The tonka bean adds a slight vanilla note to the mincemeat, which, although a little bitter, was still nice and sticky. And for some members of our team, the pastry was the best pastry of the lot.
Price: £7.50 for six
These spiced shortcrust mince tartlets are an interesting slant on a classic mince pie. Filled with rich mincemeat, with the quirky addition of lemon curd, rose water and apple puree, we felt that there were mouthfuls of spice that distracted from the overall taste. But, if you like your mince pies spicy, then this modern take hits the spot.
Price: £3.50 for a pack of six
A simple and classic mince pie. Beautiful filling, with wholesome fruit that tasted incredibly fresh. The pastry was accomplished, too.
Price: £9.30 for four
Garnished with almond frangipane, we felt these were more tart than pie (the clue is in the title, after all). Our only criticism was the filling: not quite enough of it.
Price: £1.99 for a pack of six
At £1.20 per pie, these are expensive in comparison to some of the supermarket varieties; but the golden, buttery pastry is spot on. Sold in small boxes, and neatly wrapped, they are beautifully presented yet still look homemade. A good all-rounder.
Price: £1.20 each
Spicy meat mince pies are nothing new but (sadly for us) they have fallen out of favour over the last few centuries. Kudos, then, to Brompton Food Market for reintroducing us to this traditional British classic.
The mince pies here are a fine example of flaky pastry packed with filling: the veal is tender and well spiced, and dried fruit sings of Christmas.
Price: £2.50 each
Rich, buttery, crumbly pastry, with plenty of fruit in the sweet, citrus centre.
Price: £2.50 for a pack of six
Written by Rebecca Heslop
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