The best supermarket garlic bread in London

I’m on a mission to taste and review all the garlic bread sold by London’s supermarket chains. I’d like this to be a helpful guide to all garlic bread lovers, not just an excuse for me to eat more garlic bread…

I’ll be adding to this blog post every time I’ve reviewed a new variety. Reviews will be conducted in the most scientific way possible, following the cooking instructions on the pack and sampling the middle piece first.

Summary of Reviews Completed to Date:

  1. Morrisons: Italian Tear ‘n’ Share Garlic Bread. Score of 14/20.
  2. Co-op: Italian Garlic Baguette. Score of 12/20.
  3. Iceland: Garlic Tiger Bread Baguette. Score of 11/20.
  4. Morrisons: Italian Garlic Baguette. Score of 10/20.

Morrisons: Italian Tear ‘n’ Share Garlic Bread
The description on the packet said “smothered in garlic butter” which sounded promising, and the tear ‘n’ share aspect was an interesting approach. The finished product looked nice (though very square in a mass-produced kind of way) and the bread was light and nicely textured. However the overall taste was more herby than garlicky, which was the main let-down. This is more of a premium style supermarket garlic bread at £1.60. Not bad for what you get!

  • Aesthetics: 4/5
  • Bread: 4/5
  • Taste: 2/5
  • Value: 4/5
  • TOTAL: 14/20

Co-op: Italian Garlic Baguette
Not the most appealing garlic bread I’ve ever seen in my life. It came out of the oven slightly brown but also looking a bit like a wooden pole. Initial thoughts were that there wasn’t enough garlic (no ooze whatsoever), so I was prepared to be disappointed. The bread was actually pretty nice – crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside. And although the butter wasn’t so generously applied, it was tasty with a good amount of garlic and salt. Definitely not a waste of £0.99.

  • Aesthetics: 2/5
  • Bread: 3/5
  • Taste: 3/5
  • Value: 4/5
  • TOTAL: 12/20

Iceland: Garlic Tiger Bread Baguette
I was pretty excited to try this one after spotting it on Instagram. Tiger bread is generally delicious, so I had some high expectations. However this was a bit of a disappointment. The bread crust was crunchy, but it had a strange crumbly, biscuity texture that didn’t feel or taste quite right. The inside was soft and the butter was only moderately applied. So the overall effect was somewhat dry. £1.25.

  • Aesthetics: 3/5
  • Bread: 2/5
  • Taste: 3/5
  • Value: 3/5
  • TOTAL: 11/20

Morrisons: Italian Garlic Baguette
Nothing to write home about… the baguette fresh out of the oven didn’t look very appealing, and although the crust was crunchy, the bread in the middle was rather soggy. On the plus side, the garlic butter had plenty of flavour and at the price of £1 for two garlic baguettes, I guess this was never supposed to be a memorable experience… Also, average garlic is better than no garlic bread right?!

  • Aesthetics: 2/5
  • Bread: 2/5
  • Taste: 3/5
  • Value: 4/5
  • TOTAL: 11/20
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