Food Review: Vegan Sausage Roll (Greggs)

Original and Vegan Sausage Rolls

As usual for these product reviews, let’s start with a little background on the company. Greggs plc is a UK based bakery chain, in fact it’s the largest in the country. It sells a variety of products include pies, bakes, sausage rolls, sandwiches and a variety of sweets and confections including yum yums, doughnuts and cakes. This isn’t the first time I’ve written about Greggs either, and you can check out here, I’ve also just reviewed their latest product, the vegan steak bake and you can check that out here

I’ve been a regular in Greggs for years, some of my fondest memories were shopping at the local mall with my big sister and her buying me something from Greggs. So I always associate those fun trips with her with a yummy snack. A personal favourite of mine has always been the sausage roll, classic, tasty and reasonably priced.

So back in January 2019 Greggs released a new product, the Vegan Sausage Roll, made of layers of puff pastry with a “bespoke Quorn filling”. Greggs did so in response to customer demand, including a petition signed by over 20,000 people. The initial launch reached 950 stores, with the aim to reach the rest of their 1,950 stores by March 2019. The Greggs Vegan Sausage Roll has not been without controversy, much like some subway stores swapping to halal alternatives, this was met with divisive opinions, British personality and Pundit Piers Morgan for example had a pretty severe reaction. But in spite of the mixed press and that I’m not a vegan myself I was inspired to try the Vegan Sausage Roll for Off the Record’s new Food/Product review section. Anyway let’s move on to the review.

Greggs Vegan Sausage RollVegan Sausage Roll
So being honest, I don’t think it’s that different. As I said up top, the sausage roll is my favourite thing to get from Greggs so I’m very familiar with the taste, and I think the vegan version replicates it really well. I think it might actually be a little better, marginally less greasy, a more pronounced flavour profile, overall just a little better, and you can’t even tell it’s a meat substitute. More recently when I’ve been out I’ve been getting one of the originals and one of the vegan versions, and they both taste fairly similar, the same tasty, savoury filling, the same mouthwatering pastry, but the only way I can tell the difference really is that in the least pandering way, I think I prefer the vegan version. So summing up, you should see a trip to Greggs in your future because the Vegan Sausage Roll is available and tasty. Plus even if it’s not your cup of tea, Greggs have plenty more to offer, including a nice cup of tea.


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