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Recipe for South Downs Steak and Ale Pie

  • Makes one large pie for 6-8 people
  • 1.35kg (3lbs) chuck or braising steak
  • 2 large onions
  • 4 tablespoons plain flour
  • 2 x 500ml bottles of ale, the darker the better
  • 3 tablespoons soft brown sugar
  • 2 sprigs of thyme
  • 2 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 150g (5oz) mushrooms
  • Beef dripping or oil
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 450g (1lb) puff pastry

Cut the steak into cubes. Chop the onions and mushrooms. Fry the onions and mushrooms in some dripping until they start to colour. Remove from the pan and fry the steak until nicely brown (you may need to do this in batches). Stir the flour into the last batch, but don't burn it. Transfer the meat, onions and mushrooms to a casserole dish. De-glaze the frying pan with a little of the ale. When this liquid has removed all of the residue from the pan, add the meat and all other ingredients including the rest of the ale (unless you have drunk it!) and seasoning. Bring to the boil, place the mixture back in the casserole dish, cover and cook in a low oven for two hours. Taste to check seasoning. Turn the oven up to 200C (400F, Gas mark 6). Transfer the mixture to your pie dish or dishes. Roll out the pastry to ¼ inch thickness, cover the meat mixture, crimp the edges, decorate and egg wash. Remember if your pie mixture is still hot, you will not be able to decorate the pastry. Make a small hole in the middle so steam can escape and bake in the oven for 25-30 minutes or until the pastry is golden brown. Take to the table to serve.


Farm Shops near London

The following farm shops in London sell ingredients used in South Downs Steak and Ale Pie:

La Fromagerie - Farm Shop near London

La Fromagerie

London, Westminster

As you enter into LA FROMAGERIE you see what is essentially a market place; fresh fruit and vegetabl

Greenstead Farm Shop - Farm Shop near London

Greenstead Farm Shop


Our farm shop offers you a fantastic array of local goods. This includes fresh, local produce, meats...

Farmers Markets near London

The following farmers markets in London sell ingredients used in South Downs Steak and Ale Pie:

Callander Farmers Market - Farmers Market near London

Callander Farmers Market

Callander, Stirling

Callander Farmers Market is conveniently placed at the Station Road Car Park, behind the Dreadnou...

Cairndow and Loch Fyne Farmers Market - Farmers Market near London

Cairndow and Loch Fyne Farmers Market

Cairndow, Argyll & Bute

Seafood lovers will warm to this farmers market as it is located right by the famous Loch Fyne Re...