Hearty Beef Stew

A simple, wholesome, flavour-packed meal the whole family love. This beef stew is like a hug in a bowl.
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Hearty Beef Stew preparation time
Prep: 10 minutes
Hearty Beef Stew cook time
Cook: 2 hours
Hearty Beef Stew preparation time Serves: 2
Hearty Beef Stew preparation time Oven Temp: 160C/Gas mark 3


  • First dice the beef into bite size pieces, place in hot casserole dish with some oil
  • Brown the beef all over, this should take 2 – 3 minutes
  • Next add all the diced vegetables, barley and tomato puree
  • Cook for about 5 minutes, but be careful not to let it stick to the bottom of the pan
  • Deglaze the casserole dish with the local ale and bring to the boil
  • Pour in the beef stock and cover
  • Allow to simmer for 2-3 hours until the meat is tender, and the stew has thickened
  • Finish with freshly chopped herbs and serve with warm bread and butter


  • 300 g Braising Steak
  • 1 tbsp Tomato puree
  • 750-1000 ml Beef stock
  • 250 ml Local ale
  • 150 g Barley
  • 1 Carrot
  • 1 Celeriac
  • 1 Onion
  • 10 g Parsley
  • 100 ml Rapeseed oil
  • Pinch of good quality salt
  • 2-4 slices Fresh bread
  • Softened butter (optional)