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Recipe of the Month - April 2016

Roast Beef Lunch
As the Carvery is back and now being served at Painters Hall every third Wednesday of the month, here is the Perfect Roast Beef

Provided by Emlyn Sexon, Life’s Kitchen Company Head Chef
Serves 6

Roast Beef Lunch


The best joints for roast beef are a Rib of Beef, a Sirloin or a Fillet. Rib works well as usually it will be cooked on the bone as keeping the bone in makes for a tastier piece of beef when cooked but both Sirloin and Fillet are also very good.

2.5kg bone in will feed 6
6 1.5kg boned will feed 6

Don't worry about buying too much as cold roast beef makes great sandwiches or it can be added to a plate of cold cuts.

The beef should be:

Dark in colour - meaning it has been hung well and is mature.

Have a thick covering of fat which adds flavor and prevents the joint from drying out during cooking. This layer can be removed before serving so no need to worry too much about excess fat.

Marbling: Marbling is small slivers of fat running through the flesh which again adds flavor and prevents drying out during cooking.

How to Cook:

The beef should be at room temperature. Stand the beef joint in a roasting tin then cook to the temperature and time as below.

Cooking Temperature:

There are varying opinions about what the perfect temperature to cook a roast beef but in my experience starting the beef in a very hot oven 425F/220C/Gas 7 for the first 30 mins then lower the temperature to 375F/190C/Gas5 for the remaining cooking time then for how long to cook beef depends on your preference for how 'pink' or not you like to eat beef.

Cooking Times:

These times are based on a normal convection oven, you may want to adjust for a fan oven according to the manufacturers instructions.

Rare - 11 mins per lb/450g
Medium - 14 mins per lb/450g
Well done - 16 mins per lb/450g

Another way to work out the cooking time is to use a meat thermometer pushed into the thickest part of the beef.

Rare - 55°C
Medium - 60°C
Well done - 72°C


An important part of cooking any meat is once it is removed from the oven the meat must rest. Wrap the meat loosely in aluminum foil and put to one side. The fibers in meat tighten up during cooking and resting allows the fibers to relax, release some of the meat juices (great for the gravy) and results in a soft tender piece of meat. 20 minutes should be long enough but up to an hour won't do any harm. The joint is then ready to carve.

To Serve:

Serve with your usual Sunday roast vegetables, Yorkshire puddings and Horseradish.