Turkey buying guide

Everything you need to know about choosing, preparing, cooking and carving your Christmas turkey, plus recipe ideas to use up any leftovers

Choosing your turkey

It's too late to buy one online, but our festive birds are available in store from 19 December. Use our guide to find one to suit your budget, timetable, oven size and 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 types of whole turkeys to suit all budgets – Essential, free range, organic, free range dry aged and free range bronze feathered.

Our small turkeys serve a minimum of five while large turkeys serve 12, with prices from £22 to £87 (estimated based on £5.25 to £14.50 per kg).

(Subject to availability)

Prepared turkeys

From £25

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

Stuffed, latticed or glazed, they are ready to roast. 

They serve a minimum of five and range from £25 to £35.

(In store from 20 December. Subject to availability)

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. 

Small crowns serve a minimum of three, large crowns serve nine, with prices from £13 to £60 (estimated based on £10 to £26 per kg).

(In store from 20 December. Subject to availability)

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.

If you're cooking for 3-4 people, our small turkey crowns and prepared turkey breasts are ideal. For 5-6 people choose a medium crown or small whole turkey. For groups of more than 8, we'd suggest a medium or large whole turkey or crown.

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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

View turkey cooking guide

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

Take a look

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

Turkey freezing guide

Whether you have more than you need or want to save leftovers – find tips to help you freeze and thaw your turkey

How to freeze and defrost a turkey

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