Roast Shoulder of Lamb with Rhubarb Roast Shoulder of Lamb with Rhubarb

Roast Shoulder of Lamb with Rhubarb

A seasonal rolled boneless shoulder lamb roast with fresh rhubarb and served with a light gravy made with stock, sweet cider or apple juice. Great family roast or entertaining.

prep time
20 mins

cook time
1 hour 15 minutes

6 people

To Cook Medium: Medium: 25 minutes per 450g plus 25 minutes

To Cook Well Done: Well done: 30 minutes per 450g plus 30 minutes

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  • Salt



  • 1.3kg lean rolled boneless lamb shoulder joint
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 4 tablespoons rhubarb and ginger conserve
  • 225g fresh rhubarb, roughly chopped
  • 2 tablespoons runny honey
  • For the Light Gravy:

  • 25g plain flour
  • 600ml good, hot lamb stock
  • 75ml sweet cider or apple juice


  1. Preheat the oven to 180-190°C, 160-170°C Fan, Gas Mark 4-5.
  2. Place the joint on a chopping board and make several slits over the surface with a sharp knife. Season with salt, pepper and cinnamon on both sides and into the slits.
  3. Transfer the joint to a metal rack in a large non-stick roasting tin and roast for the preferred, calculated cooking time, basting occasionally with any meat juices.
  4. 30 minutes before the end of the cooking time remove the roast from the oven, put the lamb on a plate and remove the rack from the tin.
  5. Add the rhubarb to the base of the tin and drizzle over the honey.  Position the lamb on top of the rhubarb. Brush the surface of the joint with the rhubarb and ginger conserve and return to the oven for the remainder of the cooking time.
  6. Remove the joint from the oven with the rhubarb, cover loosely with foil and leave to rest for 15-20 minutes.  Meanwhile, make the light gravy; spoon off any excess fat from the roasting tin and discard.  Place the tin over a medium heat and sprinkle over the flour.  Stir well with a small whisk or spoon, add a little stock and stir again, scraping the base of the pan to release any rich lamb sediment.
  7. Add the remaining stock, cider or apple juice and any meat juices from the lamb plate.  Adjust the seasoning if required and simmer for 8-10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Strain before serving.
  8. Serve the lamb with seasonal vegetables and the gravy.


This recipe works well with half lamb shoulder joints too.