Updated: 24/12/2012 10:15 | By Craig Butcher, senior editor, MSN Food
Mince pies: tasted and rated

We've tried loads so you don't have to...

Plate of mince pies (© Sam Edwards, OJO Images, Getty Images)
  • Plate of mince pies (© Sam Edwards, OJO Images, Getty Images)
  • Meet the tasting panel (© MSN)
  • Greenhalgh's luxury mince pies, £1.89 for six (© Greenhalgh's)
  • 11th - Aldi Specially Selected luxury mince pies, £1.69 for six (© Aldi)
  • Gregg's sweet mince pies (© Gregg's)
  • Tesco Finest deep filled mince pies with Courvoisier VS cognac (© Tesco)
  • Sainsbury's Taste The Difference brandy rich mince pies (© Sainsbury's)
  • Marks & Spencer all butter mince pies (© Marks & Spencer)
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Nothing tastes and smells quite like Christmas as a cracking good mince pie. But with so many to choose from, we've done the hard work for you. Read on to discover which one our tasting panel has crowned the UK's best mince pie...

15/12/2011 13:45

I know MSN hacks are London-centric at the best of times, but this really made me scoff on my Asda all-butter mince pie (delicious by the way and unsurprisingly absent from the list).  Not to mention make my Morrisons brandy butter turn sour!


Wake up - not all of us live within distance of a Primrose Hill or other North London pretentious yummy-mummy bakery.  I know this is a bit of fun but please look a little further - there's life on the other side of Hampstead Heath you know.

15/12/2011 02:37

At £1.20 each I hope they would be "gift wrapped" and delivered by an armed guard.

15/12/2011 10:54
Have to agree with david! Aldi Mince Pies are moreish and at a time when pennies are tight it's good to find quality working hand in hand with cost.

16/12/2011 00:04
So why is it that every time msn puts something like this up for us to debate, good old london always come out tops, ERRRRRRR MSN don't you realise that there are other places besides ( Flamin LONDON ) that count. Cant you see by all the other posts on here that not everybody like's, or would pay £1.25 for a lousy mince pie, just because it comes from london, i doubt it very much. Maybe for once Msn in your so called infinite wisdom like one or two have mentioned in previous quotes, that there are other places outside of london, so for once forget about london, i don't care where they come from, what we the people are looking for is a decent looking and tasty mince pie which is value for money, i,m not sure if it was a Lady or Gent who mentioned it but for the prices they charge in London maybe they should be bloody gift wrapped. ( Sorry folks just had to have my say ) Rant over lol.
16/12/2011 01:14


I AM COMMENTING ON F-------.Mince pies.

I tell myself to get a life.

That`s  what I want for Christmas.

A LIFE.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!​!!!!!!!!!!!!!


£1.20 each you kidding,no thanks!SmileTesco's will do for me, the finest of course!!lol

16/12/2011 01:00

Lidl 12 for £1.79. lovely. Could not make them for that price.


15/12/2011 13:14
Did any of your tasters try Lidl deep filled mince pies? To have tesco`s finest on the list,is a joke.I found them to be dry and not very tasteful.
15/12/2011 23:18
I have to agree with Simon Smith here, to say these are supposed to be brand mince pies, I've never heard of most of them. Far too fancy and expensive. And it was "interesting" that three Waitrose branded packs were in there - how much did they pay to to do that? I might look into making my own mince pies actually...
15/12/2011 13:22
to be honest any mince pie was better than my grans...one sultana and dried up sauce in pastry that geoff capes could have thrown as a shotput
15/12/2011 11:48

tried and tested a few :

tesco finest quality 6/10 pasty hard

asda own made from bakery 7/10 not bad

morrisons in red box 9/10 pasty sweet and crumbly very nice nicest up to now

not tried sainsburys so their next on my list wont be loosing any weight this xmas lol ho ho ho


15/12/2011 17:38
I LOVE mince pies!!!! Christmas wouldn't be Christmas without them. 100% for me
15/12/2011 10:46

Greggs the bakers-even better than my own home made ones!

15/12/2011 18:40
lidls mince pies are fantastic.  and cheap. make my own as well, mmmmmmmmmmmmmm
15/12/2011 20:40
Working for a bakery which makes mince pies for many companies I've tried quite a few & I agree that home-made are the best for those short of time I'd recommend Iceland luxury mince pies. Priced at £1.25 for 6 or 2 packs for £2 they're pretty good value.
15/12/2011 12:43
Last night had a M & S minced pie, sugar content almost killed me.. Cant they make it with less sugar that you can actually taste the fruits and the pastry. Next time i will be looking which one is the least sugar content or no minced pie again, crappy joe
15/12/2011 20:40
Greggs are the best I've tasted, then I'd say Marks & Spencer.  But all in all, bakery ones are the best.
15/12/2011 12:37
i decided to make my own with puff pastry and soaked the mincemeat in brandy...oooohhhh dear...a :)) disaster...the best mince pie is anything other than mine...happy xmas
15/12/2011 11:37
sainsbury in store mince pies are fab all made with butter  good price a must buy


(Use your eyes if you be wise)

Most of the pies illustrated consist of lots of (cheap) pastry,

surrounding not much filling.


Not many bargains there.

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