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Love a Christmas roast?

Tried and tested, here’s the veggie savoury six.


14  November 2016 

Christmas veggie

Christmas planning is now well underway and for many the nut roast is a classic choice for a festive centrepiece - but not everyone wants to cook from scratch. Maybe you’re catering for yourself but prefer to kick back and spend time opening presents rather than weighing ingredients. Or perhaps you have veggie or vegan guests for Christmas and want to share a drink with them instead of being chained to a cooker. Well the Vegetarian Society have been finding out what’s in the shops to make the festive season easy, tasty and veggie. 

Don’t worry, there are lots of ready-made meat-free roast options out there, so everyone can be full of Christmas cheer. To help you discover what’s on the shelves for the festive season, the Vegetarian Society invited some of its members along to a taste-testing panel to give their thoughts on a few of the ready-made options available. So to help you keep everyone happy, welcome and well fed, what’s available this year? It doesn’t always have to be a nut roast. Here’s the panel’s verdict on six veggie and vegan seasonal savoury roasts.

The seasonal savoury six:

 Nut lovers unite - Thank Goodness Vegan Nut Roast* 

Thank Goodness Roast Xmas

Our panel said:

“This has the look of a classic nut roast.” “A lovely taste, has a smooth texture with a hidden crunch.” “Nut lovers unite!”

Available from: Whole Foods Market    Price: £5.60  Vegan  


Festive and spicy - Suma Gluten-free Nut Roast* 

Suma nut roast Xmas

Our panel said:

“A great colour with a herby, crunchy taste.” “It’s festive and spicy.” “Nice and nutty.”

Available from: and health food shops  Price: £2.94  Vegan



Rich flavour - Fry’s Soy and Quinoa Country Roast*


Frys roast Christmas

Our panel said:

“Has the look of a meatloaf, would make a strong side or centre dish.” “Smells herby and is very tasty.”

Available from: Morrisons, Ocado, Holland and Barrett    Price: £4.99  Vegan

Feels home-made -  Riverford Nut Roast 


Riverford Roast xmas

Our panel said:

“Just the ticket, it feels home-made and warming.” “Only a small portion needed as its quite heavy and moist.” “It’s filled with nuts and veg.”

Available from:   Price: £7.95   Vegan



Good for a family meal - V-Bites Seed Roast* 

small vbites image

Our panel said:

“This has a crumbly, friendly home-made look, with a rich taste.” “Classic nut roast appearance.” “Good to see the sunflower seeds.”

Available from:   Price: £4.99  Vegan


Christmas made easy - Linda McCartney Foods – Vegetarian Roast* 


McCartney Foods roast Xmas small

Our panel said:

“A lovely blend of flavours, savoury with a hint of sweetness, a nice glaze.” “Good texture easy to slice and has a great topping.” 

Available from: Tesco, Waitrose    Price: £4  

(*Indicates that these products carry the Vegetarian Society Approved Trademark) 


However, if you are a nut roast lover and fancy donning an apron, the Vegetarian Society have an easy to make vegan and gluten-free recipe – it’s from the delicious Festive Flavours recipe collection available at Or if you prefer to hang-up your apron and take the weight off your feet at Christmas then you’ll be able to get the lowdown on the favourite ready-made veggie products available in the shops this Christmas. 

The Vegetarian Society is a national charity that influences, inspires and supports people to embrace and maintain a vegetarian lifestyle. Being a vegetarian is a choice that is kinder to animals, to people and to our planet. Visit for more information.


Notes to editors 

•For pictures of the products or the vegan nut roast recipe and image, or for alternative Christmas menu please contact Su on or 0161 925 2000.

•Recipes and images also available via this dropbox folder 

•A vegetarian does not eat any meat, poultry, game, fish, shellfish or crustacea, or slaughter by-products. Visit the website for lots more information


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