Where do you usually do your Christmas shop? Tesco? Sainsbury’s? Or do you ‘push the boat’ out because it’s Christmas and go somewhere a bit more upmarket?
We get our turkey from our local butcher but everything else comes from the supermarket – and this year we’ll be shopping at Lidl.
Earlier this year, on a baking hot day in July, Mumsnet asked me to visit Lidl’s Christmas showcase and get the low down on what their Christmas 2017 range has to offer. I’ve got to be honest: I wasn’t sure what to expect.
Although we’ve bought bits and bobs from discount supermarkets in the past we don’t tend to shop there regularly, mainly because we get our ‘big shop’ online (hiding behind my computer with a mouse is far preferable than running the risk of public toddler meltdowns) and I do top-up shops on foot, and there isn’t a discount supermarket near us.
Even so I don’t think I’m alone in harbouring pre-conceived ideas that no-frills supermarkets are somehow ‘less good’ because of the cheaper price tag.
Well, it’s funny what a difference stripping away the packaging makes. When I walked into Lidl’s Christmas showcase it looked – and smelled – like something from an M&S advert and there’s no way you could tell the food hadn’t come from a high-end supermarket.
So after seeing and tasting the range, and with an extra mouth to feed this year, we’re going to be shopping at Lidl this Christmas and here’s why.
5 reasons I’ll be shopping at Lidl this Christmas
1. Their Prosecco has been ranked among the best to buy in the UK. According to the Evening Standard, Lidl’s Allini Prosecco Treviso Frizzante is up there with offerings from the likes of Harrods and Waitrose – and it’s only £5.25!!
2. They do not one but three types of artisan gin. And you can get spice kits to make cocktails out of them too. Of course I had to try them out at home, for research purposes of course.
3. They’ve got the world’s first two-year matured Christmas pudding (£11.99). The ingredients, including Turkish raisins and Greek currants, have been infusing for 24 months and if you’re a Christmas pud fan like me you’re going to love this.
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4. The chocolates are to die for. From fondant filled chocolates to champagne truffles and stockings stuffed with sweets for the kids, there’s something to suit everyone who’ll be visiting your house this Christmas.
5. The food looks – and tastes – like posh food but without the price tag. In fact it is posh food. There’s beef wellington, fancy pork pies, a really good vegetarian range and a leg of Spanish ham that comes on a stand with a special knife all for a fraction of the price you might expect.
Are you fans of Lidl? Where do you usually do your Christmas shop and could you be persuaded to give Lidl a go? I’d love to hear your thoughts!
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