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Budget Christmas pudding tops poll

Published 25/11/2010 | 13:15

Lidl's Deluxe Matured Christmas Pudding beat offerings from Waitrose and Marks & Spencer in a Which? poll
Lidl's Deluxe Matured Christmas Pudding beat offerings from Waitrose and Marks & Spencer in a Which? poll

A discount supermarket's £2.99 Christmas pudding and four supermarket own-brand champagnes have trumped their pricier rivals in tests by watchdog Which?

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The consumer group's annual festive taste test gave top marks to Lidl's Deluxe Matured Christmas Pudding, placing it narrowly ahead of luxury versions from Waitrose and Marks & Spencer costing, weight for weight, more than twice the price.

And experts voted own-brand champagnes from Morrisons, Marks & Spencer, the Co-operative and Waitrose better than the £29.99 Moet & Chandon Brut Imperial.

The tasting found the £19.99 Morrisons "The Best" champagne "far outperformed" Veuve Clicquot's Yellow Label, the most expensive on test at £33.49.

The £28.99 Lanson Black Label Brut was voted the best champagne by Which? judges, followed by the Morrisons variety and Marks & Spencer's De Saint Gall Premier Cru.

Which? magazine said the results proved paying more for champagne did not guarantee better quality.

The magazine's editor Martin Hocking said: "Christmas party season is around the corner and the good news is that quality fizz doesn't have to break the bank.

"Our experts found that supermarket own-brand champagnes performed better than some of the best known brands, so you can save some cash and keep the party bubbling."

In the pudding tests, judges awarded a top score of 82% to Lidl's version, praising it for its "great taste and brilliant texture".

They said the Waitrose cherry and pecan-topped Christmas pudding with Remy Martin (81%) was "worth splashing out on" at £13.99, and placed the Co-operative's Truly Irresistible Christmas Pudding in third place (80%).

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