Roast Beef with Crispy Bacon, Mustard and Herbs

Serves 4-6

Prep time: 5 mins

Cook time: Rare: 20 mins per 450g/1lb plus 20 mins

Medium: 25 mins per 450g/1lb plus 25 mins

Well done: 30 mins per 450g/1lb plus 30 mins


1x 1.3kg/3lb lean beef topside, boneless rib or sirloin joint

Salt and freshly milled black pepper

30ml/2tbsp wholegrain mustard

60ml/4tbsp freshly chopped flat-leaf parsley

6-8 streaky bacon rashers, stretched


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

  2. In a small bowl, mix together the mustard and parsley. 

  3. Place the joint on a chopping board, make several slits over the surface of the joint and season. Rub with the mustard and herb mixture over the surface of the joint and inside the slits. Wrap the bacon rashers around 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 rich beefy juices. 

  5. Leave the joint to rest for 10-15 minutes, slice and serve with sauté or roast potatoes and seasonal vegetables.