Revealed: A Christmas Day leftovers sandwich tastes better than the meal itself. Britons often add a “moistener” – a piece of bread that has been soaked in gravy – to their Christmas Day lunch.

  • Britons’ opinions on Christmas leftovers were surveyed in a survey.
  • Three-quarters of those surveyed believe the art of creating the leftover sandwich from scratch is an artistic endeavor.
  • White sliced bread topped the list at 33%, closely followed by granary  

A poll revealed that as much as 73% of Britons prefer festive sandwiches to Christmas dinner.

Another 37% believe that making a classic leftovers sandwich can be considered an art. 

The perfect sandwich would contain three thin slices of turkey and two slices of ham.

The true depths of Britain's love of a festive sandwich has been revealed, with as many as 70 per cent of Britons agreeing that they actually prefer it to Christmas lunch

A surprising 70% of Britons believe that they prefer a Christmas sandwich to lunch.

You should add two slices of cold roast potato and one large squirt mayo to the bread. Both slices should be buttery, with a generous amount of salt.

White sliced bread topped the list (33%), closely followed by granary (29%), and 23% chose sourdough with a festive sarnie.

Primula, the squeezy cheese brand, asked for the results of a study that found 71% (or more) people like to slow down when making a sandwich after lunch.

Perspectus Global surveyed 1,500 Britons and found that the majority (38%) enjoy Christmas Day in front the TV with the first leftover sandwich.

The patient one-tenth of the population (12%) waits until Boxing Day breakfast to make their masterpiece. Only 32 percent are able to hold out until noon on the 26th.

The adventurous 34% of Britons enjoy dressing up their Christmas sandwich with crisps, 31% adding Yorkshire pudding, 31% adding hot sauce to it, 27% adding cheese and 17% adding squeezy cheese.

One in ten people like making a “moistener” – by soaking bread slices in gravy, and then inserting them into their sandwiches. Nine percent of those who make it pan-fry the sanger for a crispy texture. Six per cent of the population deep-fry the sandwich.

A Christmas Day spread - or as many might see it, the ingredients for the all important leftovers sandwich

Christmas Day spread or, as it is often called, the ingredients of the important leftovers sandwich

The perfect drink to accompany a Christmas sandwich is a cup or tea. 33% prefer a Baileys to water it down, 15% like a Baileys, and 15% enjoy a glass champagne.

A majority of people agree with the conclusion that homemade Christmas sandwiches taste better than those purchased in shops.

Over the week of ‘Twixmas’, which falls between Christmas and New Year, the average Briton can eat 4 leftover sandwiches.

Fifteen per cent of Brits like to wash their leftovers sandwich down with a glass of Champagne

A quarter of Brits prefer to drink Champagne with leftovers sandwiches.

According to Gareth Watson (brand manager for Primula cheese), “This year it is predicted that many Brits will look to up the simple Christmas sandwich a bit.” It’s easy to create a delicious meal by using leftovers.

“In the lead-up to Christmas we have been working closely with Michelin-trained TikTok sensation Poppy cooks to transform some of the most extravagant and festive favorites into more budget-friendly options.

Speaking about the research and partnership, Poppy Cooks said: ‘Christmas truly is one of the most indulgent food moments in the calendar – but delicious festive dishes shouldn’t be out of reach for anyone, and it shouldn’t have to take you hours to make something to seriously impress guests either. 

“So I was excited to have been asked to come up with some dupes for Christmas classics, with Primula.

Visit for more information about Primula’s ‘Easy Squeezy Christmas Campaign’.