Buying turkeys and festive meat in Surrey
Whether it's a bronze turkey, a white turkey or something else entirely, make it a good one by buying from your local butcher or farm. Here's our guide to a few of the best places you can buy a locally-reared turkey or quality joint of meat in Surrey.
Where to buy your turkey in Surrey
Take your pick from our brilliant Surrey butchers and farm shops to order your turkey this Christmas.
Simon's Free Range Eggs, Hookwood
Shabden Park Farm, Chipstead
Outwood Butchers Shop, Outwood
Priory Farm Shop, South Nutfield nr Redhill
Food Float, Dorking
Bashford & Co Traditional Family Butchers
Crockford Bridge Farm Shop, Addlestone
Bevan's Butchers at Garsons, Esher
Bramble Farm, West Horsley
Prince & Sons, Horsell nr Woking
Secretts, Milford nr Godalming
Shabden Park Farm, Chipstead
Shabden Park Farm at Chipstead is a highly recommended supplier of free-range bronze turkeys as well as the very traditional goose, both of which are raised right there on the farm. But if you're after something a bit different, you can also order duck, pheasant, guinea fowl and other game birds from Shabden Park Farm - just call the butcher and ask!
In the Back To Nature farm shop, you'll also find slow-reared and free-range beef from Sussex cows, Tamworth-cross pork and lumb and mutton, all from Shabden Park Farm's own herds. The farm shop also stocks a range of fruit and vegetables, tracklements, eggs and local wines and beers - all you need for a Christmas feast!
Read about Shabden Park Farm Christmas or ring them on 01737 552744.
Recipe - sausagemeat stuffing for turkey
50g soft dried apricots, chopped
A handful of cranberries - fresh or frozen
1 large onion, chopped and gently fried
1 stick of celery, finely chopped
250g pork sausagemeat
75g walnuts or almonds, chopped
1 tablespoons chopped sage
Salt and freshly ground pepper
Mix all ingredients together in a bowl then stuff into the neck end of the turkey, pushing as far under the skin over the breast as you can before roasting the bird.
Top Turkey Tips
Should you stuff your turkey? How can you be sure your turkey won't dry out? What do you do with the giblets?
There are plenty of myths surrounding the preparation of the seasonal bird, so here's some advice on how to get it right!
- If you are stuffing the bird, only put the stuffing in the neck end (the round end of the turkey), not the cavity, because you need the heat to penetrate from the inside as well as from the outside in order to cook the bird.
- Rub plenty of soft butter under the skin - it will melt and baste the turkey as it cooks. For extra flavour, mix some chopped herbs, garlic or other flavourings into the softened butter before you spread it on the bird.
- Don't truss your bird too tightly. If you do, the legs will roast too slowly and the breast will dry out while you're waiting for them to cook!
- Check that your turkey is properly cooked by inserting a meat thermometer into the thickest part of the thigh (being careful not to hit a bone) - when the internal temperature reaches 75°C, it's ready.
- Always let your turkey rest before carving. This allows time for the turkey's natural juices to run through the meat so you'll have lovely, moist slices.
- If your turkey is supplied with giblets, simmer them in 2 pints of water with half an onion, a bay leaf, a sprig of thyme and a few peppercorns for 45 minutes to make stock, then use it to make a flavoursome gravy.
Lovely Jubbly Jellies
Try Briscoe's Cranberry & Anise Jelly with your turkey as an alternative to cranberry sauce. But make sure you save some for turkey sandwiches! Check out their other flavours too for fantastic accompaniments to your festive cheeseboard.
Christmas Specials at Priory Farm
The butchers counter at Priory Farm always has something special in store for the festive season. Try the deliciously seasonal Christmas sausage - a pork, cranberry and orange variety that would make a brilliant Christmas Day breakfast!
Looking for something different?
Turkey isn't for everyone - that's why your local butcher or farm shop will always have a wide range of delicious alternatives at Christmas time. Why not try goose, duck or even pheasant? Or skip poultry altogether and make a sumptuous joint of roast beef or a glazed, clove-studded ham your festive centrepiece!
Search for your nearest local supplier here.
Don't forget the trimmings!
If you always find yourself rushing around at the last minute because you've forgotten the Brussels sprouts, why not take the pressure off this year by ordering a box of fresh, local veg to be delivered to your door or collected nearby? Try one of our brilliant veg box suppliers, and you might just find yourself ordering one every week!
And in Sussex, the veg box and hamper company, Fin and Farm