This is the best turkey to buy for Christmas 2018

Christmas is a mere 75 days away, and tradition dictates that for most families, so is the preparation of a roast turkey feast.

A lean meat that’s packed with flavour, turkey is never more popular than when the festive season rolls around – and now insiders have revealed their verdict on the best supermarket bird to order for your celebrations this year.

According to BBC Good Food’s annual Christmas taste test, Marks & Spencer is the best place to head for a quality, flavourful turkey come December, as they’ve crowned the premium store’s offering top of their turkey category for 2018.

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The Collection British Free-Range Pembrokeshire Bronze Turkey, £40-£45 (served 6-8), Marks & Spencer

The judges praised the store’s exclusive Pembrokeshire Bronze Free Range Turkey, which is reared in Wales by expert producer Justin Scale, for its ‘lovely golden colour’ and ‘tasty, crisp skin’.

‘The breast meat was succulent and the legs were savoury and gamey,’ they added.

Priced at £10 per kg, M&S’ turkey is a surefire crowd pleaser, but if you’re feeding a crowd or working to a tighter budget for your Christmas dinner, you’ll be pleased to hear that both Aldi’s Specially Selected Exquisite Ramburgh Farm British Free Range Turkey (£8.99 per kg) and Lidl’s Silverslate Turkey (under £9 per kg) also came highly commended in the category.

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BBC Good Food’s team of experts said that Lidl’s turkey was ‘golden and glossy with delicious brown meat from the legs, the flavour was gamey, but not too much,’ and that ‘the meat overall had a nice close texture.’

The magazine’s taste tests spanned 166 products from 11 of the country’s top retailers to whittle down the best festive fare for your table. M&S also came out on top for savoury canapés for its spicy pulled pork tacos, and centrepiece desserts, with the Belgian Chocolate & Cherry Dessert.

Plus, the shop is running an Early Bird offer at the moment – order £85 worth of M&S Christmas food and it’ll thrown in a free bottle of wine. Sounds like winner winner turkey dinner to us.