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Waitrose Heston Spiced Shortcrust Mince Pies with a Twist of Lemon

An inspired combination of two classics; A spiced shortcrust pastry mince pie and lemony Sussex pond pudding, topped with a buttery crumble for added texture.

Energy – 255kcal per pie.



Presentation – 8/10

Pastry – 7/10

Mincemeat 9/10 

Mincemeat to pastry ratio – 9/10

Lid – 6/10


They come cellophane wrapped within the box for extra freshness.
Upon opening, you receive a great tasty smell.  Mmm Cinnamon.
These are not a pie of depth like most mince pies, the pastry is brown too with a crumble like topping.  (No wonder there is no picture of the pie on the box.)

The pastry gives a little under a gentle press, but appears firm enough.

It has a great nose with a typical mince pie aroma with a hint of cinnamon.

The initial bite is a nice flavour, but the after taste is almost powdery and a slight lemon tang.
I’ll admit I want to really like this, but not one for me.  It has a great topping that is very tasty.  There is a definite lemon-ness to the proceedings.  The base is a good idea but doesn’t seem to quite pull off for me.  Not enough mincemeat so they mostly taste like a little lemon curd tart.


In the words of a famous “Little Britain” character “I don’t like it”, what happened it looks and smells incredible, the crumble, the pastry the texture this is going to be special.

My first mistake was to eat a small piece of the crumble from the top which fell off, it was like pouring a spoonful of Cinnamon and Nutmeg straight into your mouth, don’t get me wrong I love Cinnamon just not neat straight out of the pot.

I then took a bite, the pastry is perfect thin and crisp with a pleasing snap, where’s the mince pie, it’s not a mince pie!!! if I wanted a Lemon Meringue pie I would have bought a lemon Meringue pie, not happy.

I love a Lemon Meringue pie, just don’t pour Cinnamon and Nutmeg all over it, it ain’t good.



Overall, value for money was very poor at £3 for 4 mince-pies, though as a once off a very nice mince pie!


I enjoyed eating it as something different, but is not one I’d recommend.  Definite one to sample though, but is not a mince-pie.


The after-taste of Cinnamon and Nutmeg lasts for so long, even less happy now, feel like I need to wash my mouth out with a large glass of Port.



We have a mouth, therefore we shall fill it.

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