Welcome to the This is Money and Share Radio podcast, brought to you in partnership with NS&I. This week we’re getting festive with our annual Christmas taste test. Four retailers will be competing on cost and quality as we sample a full range of festive fare. Will last year’s champion Lidl hold its top place? Or will it fall victim to a resurgent Tesco? Also on trial this week we’ll have the upmarket option, Waitrose, and a mystery wildcard. Georgie Frost is joined by taste testers Editor Simon Lambert, Consumer Affairs editor Lee Boyce and special guest Development Editor Rich Browning. It’s not all eating though and as we delve into the financial stories of the day we’ll be serving up a starter of inflation forecasts, digging into a main course of mortgages and for pudding we’ll be rounding things off with a look at how the supermarkets have fared this year. This is Money is presented by Georgie Frost in partnership with NS&I.
Joining Georgie Frost in the studio for the third annual taste test is Editor Simon Lambert, Consumer Affairs editor Lee Boyce and special guest development editor Rich Browning from the Financial Website of the Year.
The team attempt to talk money matters - such as shared appreciation mortgages, a holiday Brexit tax and supermarket price wars - as they munch their way through a veritable feast of festive favourites.
Who among Waitrose, Tesco, Lidl and our wildcard, will win out on taste and price, in our completely unscientific, pointless bit of seasonal fun?!
Simon Lambert, Lee Boyce, Rich Brow, Richard Browning
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