THERE was certainly plenty of festive fare to be found in Worthing town centre cafés and sandwich bars.
We at the Herald and Gazette know this because we thought we would try out what was on offer for our lunch last week.
Sports reporter Ollie Berry went along to Feast in Warwick Street.
He said: “Feast has been serving up their Christmas special sandwich for the past few weeks in the run-up to the big day – and for me it’s become one of the season’s must-have lunches.
“The well-know sandwich shop offers a festive, well... feast of a sandwich with fresh roast turkey, stuffing and cranberry, hot bacon, topped off with mayo and lettuce all for the reasonable sum of £3.50.
“The hearty fill boasts tender and juicy turkey, along with crispy bacon set off by a tasty smearing of cranberry, served on the shop’s incredibly soft bread.”
Multi-media content editor Sarah Dale opted for Parklife Café in Bath Place.
She said: “Moist chicken, full-of-flavour stuffing and tangy cranberry sauce made Parklife’s Christmas special sandwich a real treat.
“For just £3, the huge fresh sandwich was packed with filling – a world apart from pre-packed supermarket sandwiches.
Knowing that calories don’t count at Christmas, I couldn’t resist sampling one of the café’s festive cupcakes.
“Vanilla sponge, topped with chocolate frosting, silver and gold sparkles and two chocolate coins, it was a little piece of Christmassy heaven.”
Colin Channon, group editor, went along to Muldoons in the Guildbourne Centre.
He said: “Turkey was lacking in the sandwich cabinet. But it was worth persevering – does anywhere in Worthing produce such tasty sandwiches?
“So it had to be a sandwich with a sausage, cranberry and stuffing filling for £2.75 – and, to add a festive touch, a gingerbread Christmas tree.
“Lovely. There was so much cranberry in them that it ended up all over my shirt, as after one bite a large dollop slipped out.
Very tasty. But what happened to the turkey? It was Christmas, after all...”
Reporter Alex Jenkins chose the Boxing Day pasty from the West Cornwall Pasty Shop in South Street.
She said: “The pasty was generously stuffed with pieces of turkey, bacon, sausage and cranberry in a rich gravy sauce.
“The pasty, which cost £3.55, was piping hot and was a great choice for a cold day.
“I always find pasties very filling, so it is a great option when you are busy shopping but need to grab a bite to eat before resuming the tiring shopping trip.
“The shop is quite large, with plenty of room to sit in and eat, although the food will then cost a little bit more. The service is quick and friendly.”
Content editor Nicola Caines got her lunch from The Coffee House in Liverpool Road.
She said: “I chose the festive special chicken, stuffing and cranberry panini. It was quite pricey at £4.40 but it tasted fresh and delicious.
“I was also tempted by the Christmas coffee selection and tried the gingerbread latte, priced £1.90. The coffee was hot, milky and had a lovely hint of gingerbread – delicious.
“The staff were helpful and friendly and The Coffee House was really busy, showing just how good it is.”