Consumers seeking the finest mince pies and bargain prosecco this Christmas should head to the discounters Iceland and Lidl, according to an annual taste test.
Lidl's £5.29 Allini Prosecco Spumante has been voted best bargain prosecco in Good Housekeeping's December edition, while Iceland's six Luxury Mince Pies - costing £1.50 - beat 24 other brands including Harrods and Selfridges for their "juicy mincemeat" and "lovely crisp and buttery pastry case".
The blind taste tests also found Iceland's £4.95 a kg Luxury British Whole Brined Turkey with Orange & Thyme Butter to be top of its class, as was its Luxury Outdoor Bred Pork, Honey and Rosemary Parcels stuffing at £3 for 300g.
However, Marks & Spencer took top placing in the Christmas pudding category with its £12 The Collection Belgian Chocolate & Orange Star Christmas Pudding for its "delicious twist on a traditional pud", although it only just beat Iceland's £6 Luxury 12-month Matured Christmas Pudding.
M&S also appeared most frequently in the survey, making the top five in 10 of the 12 categories, and winning the Stilton and mulled wine tests.
Ocado.com's £19.99 Champagne Faubert Brut NV was best in its category.
Good Housekeeping consumer director Caroline Bloor said: "Our expert team and panel of consumer testers blind test an incredibly wide range of Christmas products, so we can be very confident that these results shine a light on the food and drink that tastes the best.
"Everyone loves a bargain and so it's good to see Iceland mince pies and Lidl prosecco beating more expensive upmarket brands."