With a petrol shortage currently sweeping the nation, a shortage of butchers is also currently on trend, but is there really a shortage of butchers ahead of Christmas this year?

Barlos Butchers have confirmed there is a slight shortage to turkey's this year due to the volume being reared, while explaining there is still enough to go around for Christmas. Barlos Butchers also offer dry age beef from 30 to 60 days on request. Barlos Butchers will be ready for Christmas orders at the end of October.

Hursley High Street Butchers have confirmed there is no problem with meat, with no shortage of turkeys for their customers this Christmas.

There is no shortage of meat at Cobbs at Winchester, with meat ready to order towards the end of October, a spokesperson for Cobbs confirmed that their meat is bought locally.

Soles Butchers in Alresford have confirmed an allocated amount of turkeys have been placed this year, while they will be competing to get more once stock has gone. A spokesperson for Soles said there are plenty for pre order, with all other meat stocked up ahead of Christmas.

Butchers in Winchester are stocked up and prepared for Christmas this year, but have warned to prepare all orders at the end of October to ensure a spot before stock sells.