Last week Greggs rolled out its new fish finger sandwich at select branches across the North East – reporter Daniel Hordon went to try one out.

On a drab Sunday morning with not much left in the house for lunch and the news Greggs had added the fish finger sandwich to its menu hanging in my mind, I decided to head down to my local branch of the beloved Geordie bakery and try one for myself.

If you’re hoping to pick up one of the new menu additions, or the fish finger wrap, you can’t just walk into any Greggs store. Only ten select locations have the new fishy lunches available, and for me, the drive-thru on Sandy Lane in Newcastle was the closest.

The Northern Echo: Greggs Fish Finger Sandwich.Greggs Fish Finger Sandwich. (Image: DANIEL HORDON)

The fish finger sandwich is a British childhood favourite, as is Greggs, so I was intrigued to see how their take on this classic would come out.

I opted for the ‘Classic Mayo Fish Finger Sandwich’ deal with wedges and a drink (for me a Diet Coke) for £5.75, although I believe the price varies between stores.

After a short drive home, I was beginning to get quite peckish, so delved into the bag eager to try its contents.

The fish finger sandwich comes in a box and is served in a soft white bap, with either mayo or tomato sauce depending on your choice, and lettuce.

The Northern Echo: Greggs Fish Finger Sandwich.Greggs Fish Finger Sandwich. (Image: DANIEL HORDON)

Inside are three chunky fish fingers with a light but crisp batter. I was slightly nervous about how good the fish would be or whether these would be your standard processed fish fingers but was pleasantly surprised.

The fish is obviously not a fresh fillet, but it was tasty, plentiful, and the fish to batter ratio was spot on.

Overall it’s a solid fish finger sandwich, and better than the efforts I’ve tried in some cafes over the years where they have opted for the standard frozen finger. Greggs could really put the cherry on the cake by offering tartar sauce though, the perfect (in my opinion) condiment for a fish finger sarnie.

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The potato wedges are the same southern fried affair you normally find in the hot cabinet at Greggs. My only criticism here is that the seasoning on the potato is quite overpowering when you have them alongside the fish.

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Would I have it again? Absolutely, and as a deal with wedges and a drink it comes in at quite a bargain. 

Just make sure you double-check whether your local store is serving the new menu item before heading down.

Here is a full list of the Greggs stores serving the new fish finger sandwich:

  • Gateshead, G109 Trinity Square

  • Longbenton, Quorum Retail Parade

  • Washington, U3B Peel Retail Park

  • Newcastle, Sandy Lane Drive Thru

  • Sunderland, U4 Salterfen Park

  • Washington, U4 Parsons Rd Industrial Estate

  • Bowburn, Integra 61 Drive Thru

  • Horden, U4 Cotsford Lane

  • Blaydon, Bridge Street

  • Greggs @ Primark Northumberland Street