English Roast Beef

English Roast Beef

4 servings

2–3 hours


  1. 1 kg beef round roast
  2. 3 tbsp butter
  3. To taste salt and pepper
  4. 1/2 cup white wine
  5. 1/2 tsp dried sage
  6. 1 bay leaf
  7. 1 medium onion, sliced
  8. 2 cloves garlic, minced
  9. 1 tbsp flour


  1. 1
    Preheat oven to 175°C (350°F). Season the roast with salt and pepper to taste.
  2. 2
    In a cast iron pot or Dutch oven, melt two of the three tbsp of butter. Brown the roast on all sides in the butter.
  3. 3
    When the roast is browned, add wine, sage, bay leaf, onion, and garlic. Optionally add red pepper flakes and additional salt. Cover the pot and place roast in the oven for 2–3 hours, or until desired level of doneness.
  4. 4
    Melt remaining 1 tbsp of butter in a small saucepan on medium heat. Mix 1 tbsp of flour until well combined. Reduce heat to low until roux is lightly browned, being careful not to burn it. Season with sage, salt, and pepper to taste.
  5. 5
    Add ½ cup of water, and remaining liquid from roast including onions and garlic. Rise heat to medium, bring to a boil and lower to low heat, simmering until gravy thickens.
  6. 6
    Slice roast and serve topped with gravy.