Product Review: Greggs Vegan Sausage Roll

Greggs Vegan Sausage Roll

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 my piece ‘Facebook Me a Greggs’ by clicking 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, if I’m being honest I don’t think it tastes too dissimilar to the original product, the pastry is still of the same quality and quorn is a meat substitute so it’s going to taste as much like meat as it can without actually being meat. But yeah it’s good, not better or worse than the original but tasty and it does have it’s own distinct flavour.

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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