Image above: The Christmas queue at Macken Brothers’ butcher in Turnham Green Terrace (library photograph not taken in 2020)
Macken Brothers butchers on Turnham Green Terrace have had a flood of calls cancelling food orders since the prime minister announced the Christmas travel ban on Saturday.
A third of their turkey orders have been cancelled, especially those in the bigger sizes, as people expecting family and friends for Christmas lunch have suddenly found themselves without guests.
“Even though we’ve offered to cut them up into portions for people to freeze they no longer want them” Macken’s told us.
Chiswick’s best known butchers, which opened in the Terrace in 1964 are known for supplying high end hotels and restaurants in a normal year. They have provided meat for dinners at 10 Downing St and run the meat counter at Selfridges. To cap off what has been a dreadful year, they now find themselves caught holding the turkey after Boris Johnson’s last minute Christmas cancellation.
The birds been delivered from the farm; Macken’s has paid for them and now they’re stuck with them.
“The freezer is full of eight kilo plus turkeys” they told The Chiswick Calendar.
They will be able to sell them frozen, but the price differential between fresh and frozen is such that they will make around a £4 loss on each bird.
“On the positive side, we have lots of meat” they say, for all those who now suddenly find themselves staying at home, who have as yet given no thought to ordering in food, because they had thought they’d be going away.
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