Greggs has launched its highly-anticipated Christmas menu which is available in stores now and features vegan treats including the return of the festive vegan baguette.
While plant-based diners may be disappointed to learn that the vegan festive bake is not making a return, there will be an alternative on offer.
In its place, the high street bakery has created a brand-new item – the vegan-friendly Spicy Vegetable Curry Bake.
According to Greggs, the bake features pastry stuffed with ‘mixed vegetables, chickpeas and rice with a sprinkling of chillies for some festive space, all brought together in a warming curry sauce’.
The bake, which costs from £1.95 alone or from £3.20 as part of the Savoury and Hot Drink deal, contains 427 calories.
A statement sent to Vegan Food & Living said: “Our vegan-friendly Spicy Vegetable Curry Bake is made with mixed vegetables, chickpeas and rice in a spicy curry sauce with added chilies for an extra kick.
“All wrapped up in our iconic glazed puff pastry. Drooling just thinking about it? We’re not surprised.”
Festive Vegan Baguette
For those who don’t fancy the spicy curry bake, there is the much-loved vegan Christmas baguette on offer instead.
The substantial seasonal sandwich is priced from £3.70 individually or as part of the Hot Sandwich Deal with Wedges and any drink, from £4.80.
Available in Greggs stores nationwide (of which there are around 2,300), the dish contains 502 calories.
According to the bakery: “The Vegan Turkey-Free & Stuffing Baguette is back!
“Made with tasty sage & onion plant-based goujons, covered in a mouth-watering onion gravy and garnished with a classic cranberry and onion relish.
“This baguette offers the tastiest bits of Christmas dinner – without the meat!”
Festive Bake disappointment
While the Christmas menu offers some tasty-looking options for plant-based diners, it has not gone unnoticed that it is missing one previously popular option.
In both 2021 and 2022, the Greggs Vegan Festive Bake was a hugely popular seasonal staple – and while the meaty version has made the cut this year, the plant-based alternative is missing.
This has prompted some complaints from customers, with some taking to social media to complain about the Christmas pastry’s absence.
Fans of the treat are sad that they will be unable to pick up the bake – which featured Quorn, sage and onion stuffing, vegan bacon, and cranberry sauce – from stores.
However, those who are really desperate to get their hands on the bake will be able to pick them up in Iceland or Food Warehouse stores, where they are sold frozen, in packs of two, and can be prepared in the oven at home.
Keen to find out more about the iconic eatery’s offering? Check out Greggs vegan options in 2023 and find out what’s on offer beyond the infamous Greggs Vegan Sausage Roll.
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