Turkey buying guide

Everything you need to know about choosing, preparing, cooking and carving your Christmas turkey

Choosing your turkey

Our wide selection of birds helps you factor in everything from budget, timetable and oven size to the number of guests on the day

Whole turkeys

From £22

The traditional Christmas Day centrepiece, a whole bird gives guests a choice of juicy breast meat, crispy legs and wing meat. Dressed with all the trimmings, and carved at the table, it will add a real sense of theatre to the occasion.

You can use leftovers for Boxing Day cold cuts and sandwiches, and make a hearty stock and gravy from the bones.

We offer five different whole turkeys, including free range, organic and dry aged, bronze feathered birds.

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Prepared turkeys

From £25

These succulent turkeys can be great time-savers as they need only minimal preparation, they’re quicker to cook than a whole bird and easy to carve. 

Stuffed, latticed or glazed, our ready-to-roast turkey joints leave you with more time to open presents and join in the celebrations.

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Turkey crowns

From £13

If everyone you’re feeding prefers lighter-tasting white breast meat, opt for a crown of breast meat on the bone (prepared with or without a leg or wing).

A crown needs a shorter cooking time than a whole turkey, and its compact shape is ideal if you’re pushed for oven space. 

Our easy-carve crowns come in a roasting bag, which locks in all the natural juices as it cooks, making it even easier to serve a delicious turkey.

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Free range turkeys

From £23

Our dry-aged bronze-feathered free range turkeys are a slower-growing breed, reared using traditional farming methods and renowned for producing succulent, richly flavoured meat. The birds enjoy a cereal-based diet and roam freely in open pastures for their whole life. 

Our white-feathered birds live outdoors from six weeks old onwards. They roam on grass with straw bales, trees and mixed scrub to scratch in, with at least one acre per thousand birds. The birds return to shelter houses at night with deep straw bedding or shavings for comfort and warmth.

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Nick Coleman

Partner & Turkey Buyer

"Everyone has a different idea of the ideal Christmas lunch, so we offer a great variety of turkey choices – whole, joints, crowns, pre-prepped and stuffed – to make it easier to find yours. We recommend ordering your turkey in plenty of time to ensure you secure what you want.
The last date to order is 15 December."

What size turkey?

Our turkeys come in a variety of sizes so you can choose the one that suits your celebrations best. If you need a big bird but oven space is an issue, a smaller turkey plus a crown or joint can be a good solution

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An alternative starring role

Start a new tradition by serving an alternative bird or seasonal meat as your centrepiece, or even alongside your turkey. We've got plenty to inspire you – from a juicy British beef rib roasted slowly in the oven, to sweet, juicy pork and crispy crackling

Our guide to seasonal meats

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Find out a few of the ways in which we do it, meet the producers, and learn more about the Christmas turkey you buy

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Cooking your turkey

For crispy, golden skin, and juicy, tender meat, follow our guide to preparing and roasting a turkey. There's a fail-safe time plan for preparing and serving a wonderful festive meal, too

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Turkey recipes

Recipes to cook a delicious, succulent turkey with all the trimmings. Why not try maple butter glazed turkey with pancetta parcels or fennel and citrus roast turkey? Plus there's a recipe for easy gravy

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Carving your turkey

You may have seen it done every year, but if it's your turn to carve the turkey, our step-by-step guide will help you get the most out of your Christmas centrepiece

How to carve a turkey

The 12 flavours of Christmas

Sticking with tradition or want to surprise guests with something new? Browse our Christmas Entertaining brochure to find out more about our dishes and meet the trusted producers behind them

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