Top festive food including the best vegan eats - it's our Tried & Tasted Christmas Awards!

The Tried & Tasted Christmas Awards are here to bring you the best Christmas food and drink products on the market

Marks & Spencer's plant-based beef wellington - winner of best vegan Christmas main at the Tried & Tasted Christmas Awards 2021
(Image credit: Marks & Spencer)

When it comes to the best Christmas food, it can be hard to know what's really worth your money - especially as there is so much choice. 

And if you're vegan it can be even more difficult, because the Christmas lunch often revolves around a show-stopping piece of meat. 

Whilst you might turn to the best vegan cookbooks, a growing selection fantastic of Christmas vegan and vegetarian options in UK supermarkets is making the task of preparing a mouthwatering festive feast all the more easy - and delicious.

But still, the question remains: how do you know what's worth putting on your Christmas table? Enter our Tried & Tasted Christmas Awards.

Made up of a group of expert food and drink writers, stylists and chefs, the Tried & Tasted team have tasted their way through hundreds of festive food products to select their favourites.

Whether you're looking for a vegan or vegetarian Christmas main (plant-based beef wellington, anyone?) or vegan mince pies, read on to discover their best vegan and vegetarian Christmas eats. We've also listed some additional standout winners that the Tried & Tasted team loved, including the traditional turkey (our winner is slow grown and free range) if you take a more flexitarian approach.

And for more of the best essential Christmas food buys - from puds and party food to smoked salmon and cranberry sauce - head over to our sister site woman&home.

Tried & Tasted Christmas Awards Vegan & Vegetarian Winners

M&S Plant Based Christmas Beef WellingtonTried & Tested Christmas Food Awards 2021 Winner's Logo

(Image credit: M&S)

M&S Plant Kitchen Vegan Beef Wellington

Winner of Best Vegan Christmas Main


Price: £15
Weight: 740g
Stockist: M&S

The Tried & Tasted judges said: An excellent meat-free alternative for vegans. Whether you're a vegan yourself or serving up to a guest, there will be no disappointment at the table and it feels just as special. Easy to prepare and perfect accompanied with the Christmas trimmings.

Waitrose Mushroom, Cavolo Nero & Mascarpone ParcelsTried & Tested Christmas Food Awards 2021 Winner's Logo

(Image credit: Waitrose)

Waitrose Mushroom, Cavolo Nero & Mascarpone Parcels

Winner of Best Vegetarian Christmas Main


Price: £15
Weight: 576g
Stockist: Waitrose

The Tried & Tasted judges said: Delightful pastry parcels stuffed with a tasty vegetarian filling of mushroom, cavolo nero and creamy mascarpone. The judges thought this was an excellent option for a veggie main or could be served as a starter before the big Christmas main course.

Riverford vegan mince piesTried & Tested Christmas Food Awards 2021 Winner's Logo

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Riverford Vegan Mince Pies

Winner of Best Vegan Mince Pies


Price: £5.25
Size: 6 pack
Stockist: Riverford

The Tried & Tasted judges said: These vegan mince pies have a wonderful crumbly pastry and a delicious filling that feels generous and is perfectly spiced. Keep these in the cupboard for any guests as they are unlikely to be able to tell the difference!

More stand-out winners from the Tried & Tasted Christmas Awards

Twelve Below Lemon and Elderflower Sparkling DrinkTried & Tested Christmas Food Awards 2021 Winner's Logo

(Image credit: Twelve Below)

Twelve Below Elderflower & Lemon Sparkling Drink

Fit&Well Healthy Pick Winner


Price: £18 for 12
Size: 330ml (per bottle)

The Tried & Tasted judges said: It's rare for soft drinks to taste so delicious without being full of sugars. Twelve Below have nailed it with their elderflower & lemon sparkling drink (their other flavours are also lovely) which is why it has been awarded Fit & Well's healthy pick. 

Parson's Nose free range turkeyTried & Tasted Christmas Food Awards 2021 Winner

(Image credit: Parson's Nose)

Parson's Nose Free Range Bronze Turkey

Best Turkey Winner


Price: from £90
Size: 4-5kg

The Tried & Tasted judges said: The perfect centrepiece for any Christmas table. Forget dry turkey, this was incredibly succulent and delicious - you will not be disappointed! 

Native Hebridean Smoked Scottish SalmonTried & Tested Christmas Food Awards 2021 Winner's Logo

(Image credit: Native Hebridean)

Native Hebridean Smoked Scottish Salmon

Best Smoked Salmon Winner


Price: £35
Size: 900g

The Tried & Tasted judges said: This was completely delicious! Delicate flavour that felt really natural. The salmon had a great bite to it and didn't feel greasy. This is clearly a quality product smoked by experts.


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