Tesco’s mince pie van has returned to the streets of Britain to deliver its pies free to 18 areas across the nation.

The retailer has created its own ‘Mince Pie Man’ to deliver 1,000 pies at each location, ranging from Tesco’s Finest to its free-from line, to people’s front doors in the run-up to Christmas.

Portsmouth, Exeter, Gloucester and Aberystwyth are among places on the list of areas lucky enough to receive a mince pie freebie.

The Mince Pie Man, named Warren, said he was delighted to be back for a second year to spread Christmas cheer.

“This year, I’ll be knocking on even more people’s doors, handing out free packs of Tesco mince pies and wishing them a Merry Christmas,” he said.

Any customers not at home will receive a voucher so they can pick up their gift in their local store.

The full list of 2016 free mince pie locations is:

  • Portsmouth
  • Exeter
  • Gloucester
  • Merthyr
  • Oakham
  • Corstorphine
  • Aberystwyth
  • East Didsbury
  • Northwich
  • Wellingborough
  • Barnstaple
  • Redditch
  • Exmouth
  • Yeovil
  • Yeading
  • Pontardawe
  • Shrewsbury
  • York