Roast Topside Beef with Fennel and Garlic Crust Roast Topside Beef with Fennel and Garlic Crust

Roast Topside Beef with Fennel and Garlic Crust

A tasty topside roasting joint with a delicious crust made with crushed fennel seeds, garlic cloves, dried chilli flakes and olive oil. Perfect for all festive occcasions or just for a treat!

prep time
10 mins

cook time
1 hour 15 minutes

6 people

To Cook Rare: Rare: 20 minutes per 450g/1lb plus 20 minutes

To Cook Medium: Medium: 25 minutes per 450g/1lb plus 25 minutes

To Cook Well Done: Well done: 30 minutes per 450g/1lb plus 30 minutes


  • 1 x 900g/2lb lean topside joint
  • Salt and freshly milled black pepper
  • 15-30ml/1-2tbsp fennel seeds, crushed
  • 3 garlic cloves, peeled and finely chopped
  • 10ml/2tsp dried chilli flakes
  • 30ml/2tbsp olive oil
  • Rosé Wine Gravy
  • :15ml/1tbsp plain or sauce flour
  • 300ml/½pint good, hot beef stock
  • 300ml/½pint rosé wine


1. Preheat the oven to Gas mark 4-5, 180-190°C, 350-375°F.

2. Place the joint on a chopping board and make several slashes over the surface of the joint, taking care not to cut the butcher’s string or elasticated meat bands (if present).  Season.

3. In a small bowl mix together the fennel seeds, garlic, chilli flakes and olive oil.  Spread the mixture over the surface of the joint.

4. Place the joint on a metal rack in a large roasting tin and open roast for the preferred calculated cooking time, basting occasionally with any meat juices.

5. Remove the joint from the oven, cover and leave to rest for 5-10 minutes.

6. Meanwhile, prepare the gravy, spoon off any excess oil from the tin, leaving about 30ml/2tbsp of any meat juices.  Place the roasting tin over a medium heat and sprinkle over the flour.  Stir well with a small whisk or spoon, gradually add the stock and wine, and stir again, scraping the base of the pan to release any sediment.

7. Add any meat juices from the platter, adjust the seasoning, if required and simmer for 8-10 minutes, stirring occasionally or until reduced to a well-flavoured gravy.  Strain the gravy before serving.

8. Serve the joint with seasonal vegetables.