Planning to cook up an alternative feast this year? Try something new with our range of mouth-watering festive meats, including tender beef, rich roast duck, flavoursome game and whole goose. The Christmas season is a golden opportunity for feasting with family and friends – and what better way to do your get-together justice (and free yourself from the kitchen) than top-quality seasonal meats delivered to you, ready to pop straight into the oven?
Christmas dinner is all about the wow
factor, so look no further than our quality cuts of beef
Ideal for: Sunday roast lovers. But we're not talking your average weekend roast. Upgrade your family classic with one of our tender beef joints specially sourced for Christmas, including our succulent Highland beef produced from registered pedigree Highland bulls.
Worried about losing the exhibition of a whole turkey? Don’t be. The sight of a burnished beef forerib or wing rib, arching for the sky, will rival any bird. And we haven't even got to the delicious leftovers…
Serves: 4-20 people varying on joint and size
Editor's choice: wrapped in muslin and dry aged on the bone for 30 days, our matured Aberdeen Angus beef jubilee rib is naturally tender and full of flavour. Ideally suited to large gatherings of 20 or so people.
If you're a Christmas purist at heart
but fancy a change from turkey, then goose is for you
Ideal for: traditionalists. Historically the bird of choice, goose is rich, full of flavour and easier to cook than a turkey. It's one for the real taste connoisseurs and we're not the only ones that think so.
'Goose makes a deliciously rich and gamey alternative to traditional turkey. An added bonus is that while it’s roasting, it renders a lot of fat, which is perfect for roasting your spuds in,' says Marcus Wareing in Waitrose Food magazine.
Serves: 4-8 people varying on goose and size
Editor's choice: Exclusive to Waitrose, our mouthwatering and succulent traditionally reared free range goose has a rich, gamey flavour.
Deliciously sweet and salty with a
glistening glaze, gammon is always a
Ideal for: the inbetweeners. If you can’t decide whether you want to trade in your traditional turkey for something new, well you don’t have to. Gammon alongside turkey just works.
It's also the gift that just keeps on giving - delicious in cold sandwiches for Boxing Day and beyond. With servings ranging from 4 to 16 people we have a pork joint to suit every household.
Serves: 4-16 people varying on size
Editor's choice: our boneless, unsmoked outdoor-bred British gammon topped with a winter fruit chutney is decorated with apricots and cranberries.
Juicy and sweet, with enough power
to carry strong flavours and marinades, lamb is perfect for the festive season
Ideal for: forward thinkers. Can lamb really work for Christmas? Most definitely. Not just for Easter, lamb is versatile all year round. If you want a simple roast that’s crisp on the outside and pink and juicy in the middle, go for a leg of lamb. A whole leg makes an impressive centrepiece and retains flavour from the bones. If you prefer an easier carve, a boneless leg is the way to go.
Serves: 6-8 people varying on joint and size
Editor's choice: new to Waitrose, our Welsh boneless lamb leg joint is garnished with rosemary and cherries infused in cider vinegar, and is accompanied by a sachet of red berry glaze.
Delicious with a moist game flavour,
roast duck is a great alternative to a classic turkey. All that's needed for a festive takeover is a rich, fruity sauce...
Ideal for: smaller families. Our whole duck with giblets and our new easy carve duck with a pork and blackberry stuffing serves from 4 to 6 people - perfect for those wanting minimum leftovers. Rich and full of flavour, duck just like goose, renders a lot of fat which is fantastic for delicious roast potatoes.
Serves: 4-6 people varying on duck and size
Editor's choice: new to Waitrose, our easy carve duck is filled with a fruity pork, blackberry and sloe gin stuffing, with blackberry sloe gin and juniper glaze to finish.