This recipe isn’t just about creating a roast – it’s about celebrating the inherent quality of Rhug Estate’s Organic Beef Topside Joint and creating the perfect roast beef. We’ve designed it to be a symphony of simplicity, allowing the natural, succulent flavours of the topside joint to take centre stage.

Imagine this: tender, perfectly cooked slices boasting the rich, grass-fed taste that Rhug Estate beef is renowned for. Each bite will be a testament to the care and attention to detail that goes into raising their organic cattle.

But simplicity doesn’t mean a lack of excitement. Our recipe uses a few key techniques to elevate the natural flavours of the beef. A strategic sear creates a beautiful caramelised crust, locking in the juices and adding a delightful depth of flavour. The addition of simple aromatics like fresh rosemary and garlic complements the natural profile of the beef without overpowering it.

The result? A perfect roast beef that’s both impressive and approachable. It’s a dish that showcases the quality of Rhug Estate beef while offering a flavourful and satisfying centrepiece for any meal.



  1. Preheat the oven: Preheat your oven to 220°C (425°F).
  2. Season the beef: Pat the beef joint dry with paper towels. Rub the entire joint with olive oil and season generously with sea salt flakes.
  3. Sear the joint (optional): This step is optional but adds a nice depth of flavour. Heat a large ovenproof skillet over medium-high heat. Once hot, sear the beef joint on all sides for a few minutes until browned. Transfer the seared joint to a roasting tray.
  4. Flavourings: Scatter the whole black peppercorns, rosemary sprigs, and smashed garlic cloves around the beef in the roasting tray.
  5. Roast: Place the roasting tray in the preheated oven and roast for 20-25 minutes per 500g (1lb) for medium-rare. Here’s a guideline for roasting time:
    • Rare: 20 minutes per 500g (1lb) for an internal temperature of 50°C (122°F)
    • Medium-rare: 25 minutes per 500g (1lb) for an internal temperature of 55°C (131°F)
    • Medium: 30 minutes per 500g (1lb) for an internal temperature of 60°C (140°F)


Once roasted, remove the tray from the oven and transfer the beef joint to a carving board. Tent the joint loosely with foil and let it rest for at least 15 minutes before carving. This allows the juices to redistribute throughout the meat, resulting in a more tender and flavourful roast.


Carve the rested beef joint against the grain into thin slices. Serve with your favourite roast dinner accompaniments like Yorkshire puddings, roasted vegetables, mashed potatoes, and gravy.

Useful Tips

  • Use a meat thermometer to ensure the perfect internal temperature for your desired doneness.
  • For extra Yorkshire pudding success, preheat your Yorkshire pudding tin in the oven while the beef roasts.
  • The resting juices from the tray can be used to make a delicious gravy.

Enjoy your perfect roast beef with Rhug Estate Organic Beef Topside Joint!

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