It’s now possible to have all your favourites, from pate and pigs in blankets to mince pies and roasts without harming any animals. But does any of it taste nice?

Decadent food is one of the treats of Christmas: the festive season gives us free rein to indulge in rich meaty gravy, buttery mince pies and puddings drenched with cream. And true enjoyment used to mean being a full-blooded, dairy-devouring carnivore. However, more of us are passing on the pigs in blankets, turkey and even the cheese board.

According to The Vegan Society, 600,000 Britons were vegan in 2018, while Sainsbury’s predicts a quarter of us will become so by 2025.  So this year the supermarkets have been busy – it’s now possible to have all your favourites, from pate and pigs in blankets, through to gravy, bread sauce and stuffing, to mince pies, panettone and chocolate puddings – all without harm to the hair of a single animal. Impressive! But does any of it taste nice and can it replace our meaty favourites?

Frankie McCoy gives his verdict on vegan Christmas food on offer in UK stores, including Morrisons Free-from mince pies, the Co-op Vegan Festive Christmas Sandwich, Sainsbury’s Pups in Blankets, Selfridges vegan pumpkin spiced panettone, Tesco Butternut, Mushroom and Chestnut Wreath, Iceland No Moo Melt-in-the-Middle Chocolate Puddings and the Waitrose Vegan Sausage Wreath.

You can read his full verdict here: www.dailymail.co.uk