My Suffolk

We’ve caught up with Alistair & Julie Turnbull of Turnbull Turkeys; a family run business, specialising in traditional farm fresh Christmas turkeys. The family has been producing quality poultry for 60 years in the heart of the Suffolk countryside

How long have you lived in Suffolk?

We are both from Suffolk farming families and have always lived in Suffolk.

What do you love about Suffolk?

There are so many things but were agreed that the beautiful coastline and rivers are definitely high on the list. We love the changing countryside too, but of course the sense of community is so important too.

Do you enjoy walking? if so where in Suffolk do you enjoy this?

We both enjoy walking and tend to head to the coast or rivers – one of our favourites is the footpath along the river wall from Hemley Church to Felixstowe Ferry and we have also recently discovered many great walks on our doorstep.

Do you have a favourite Suffolk product?

Of course, Turnbull Turkey or chicken has to be our number one. However to compliment this we enjoy many local Suffolk products and like to take a trip to Coddenham Community Shop to make a perfect roast dinner!

Where in the county do you like to eat out?

We are lucky to have so many great places to choose from in Suffolk – Sam at The Lighthouse in Aldeburgh, always looks after us very well, as does Ugur at The Galley in Woodbridge.

If you could choose one picture to sum up Suffolk for you, what would it be?

It would have to be the stunning skies, especially at harvest time, as the sun is setting over the combine, which is harvesting the wheat to feed our turkeys.

If you were taking visitors for a day out in the county where would you go?

We are lucky in Suffolk, there are a lot of great places and villages to visit but a trip to Aldeburgh would be our first choice, with a walk to Thorpeness, followed by fish and chips on the beach!

What will you be looking forward to the most this Christmas?

That’s easy, a cooked Turnbull Turkey with all the trimmings on Christmas Day followed by a nap in the chair!!