Pub Style Beef Curry Recipe

A Hearty Pub Favourite Bursting with Flavour
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There’s nothing quite like a warm, comforting bowl of beef curry to brighten your day, especially when it’s a pub-style Beef Curry Recipe. This recipe combines tender chunks of beef with rich spices, creating a deliciously hearty meal that’s perfect for a cozy night in or a special gathering with friends and family.


Beef curry, while enjoyed worldwide, holds a special place in British and Irish pub culture. Its origins are influenced by the diverse culinary traditions brought back by British traders and soldiers from India during the colonial era. Over time, these exotic spices and methods were adapted to local tastes, leading to the beloved pub-style beef curry we know today. This dish’s hearty sauce and robust flavours make it an ideal companion to a pint of ale, cementing its status as a pub favourite.

Serving Suggestions

This beef curry is incredibly versatile when it comes to serving. Here are a few ideas to enhance your dining experience:

  • Classic Pairing: Serve with fluffy basmati rice to soak up the rich sauce.
  • Bread Accompaniments: Warm naan bread or crusty baguette slices are perfect for dipping.
  • Side Dishes: Accompany with a crisp green salad or lightly sautéed greens for a balanced meal.
  • Garnish Options: Top with a sprinkle of fresh coriander leaves and a dollop of cooling yoghurt to contrast the curry’s heat.

Storing Instructions

If you find yourself with leftovers, here’s how to store them:

  • Refrigeration: Transfer the curry to an airtight container and store in the fridge for up to 3 days.
  • Freezing: For longer storage, place the curry in a freezer-safe container and freeze for up to 3 months. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator before reheating.

Reheating Instructions

To enjoy your beef curry again, follow these steps to reheat it:

  • Stovetop: Place the curry in a pot over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until heated through. Add a splash of water or beef stock if the sauce has thickened too much.
  • Microwave: Transfer a portion to a microwave-safe dish, cover, and heat on medium power for 2-3 minutes, stirring halfway through to ensure even heating.


We hope this pub-style beef curry becomes a new favourite in your household. Its rich, comforting flavours are sure to please, whether you’re serving it for a casual family dinner or a festive gathering. We’d love to hear how your curry turns out! Share your thoughts in the comments below, and don’t forget to subscribe to our newsletter for more delightful recipes.

How to Make Beef Curry Recipe

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Pub Style Beef Curry Recipe

Difficulty: Intermediate Prep Time 20 mins Cook Time 90 mins Total Time 1 hr 50 mins
Cooking Temp: 95  °C Servings: 6 Calories: 450 kcal per serving
Best Season: Autumn, Winter


Experience the comforting warmth of our Pub Style Beef Curry, a dish that brings together tender chunks of beef, aromatic spices, and creamy coconut milk. This hearty curry, steeped in British and Irish pub tradition, is perfect for any occasion. Serve it with basmati rice or warm naan bread for a meal that's sure to satisfy and delight. Enjoy the rich, robust flavours that make this dish a beloved favourite in pubs across the UK and Ireland.




  1. Heat the Oil

    Heat the olive oil in a large, heavy-bottomed pot or Dutch oven over medium-high heat.

  2. Brown the Beef

    Add the beef chunks and brown them on all sides. Remove the beef and set aside.

Cooking the Aromatics:

  1. Sauté the Onion

    In the same pot, add the chopped onion and sauté until it becomes golden brown.

  2. Add Garlic and Ginger

    Add the minced garlic and grated ginger, and sauté for another 2 minutes until fragrant.

Adding Spices:

  1. Add Ground Spices

    Add the curry powder, ground cumin, ground coriander, turmeric powder, and chili powder. Sauté the spices for about 1 minute to release their flavors.

  2. Add Whole Spices

    Add the cinnamon stick, bay leaves, cardamom pods, cloves, and fennel seeds. Stir well to combine.

Building the Curry:

  1. Return the Beef

    Return the browned beef to the pot. Stir to coat the beef with the spices.

  2. Add Tomatoes and Stock

    Add the canned chopped tomatoes and beef stock. Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce the heat to low and let it simmer for about 1 hour, or until the beef is tender.

Adding Potatoes and Coconut Milk:

  1. Add Potatoes

    Add the potato chunks to the pot and stir to combine.

  2. Pour in Coconut Milk

    Pour in the coconut milk and continue to simmer for another 30 minutes, or until the potatoes are cooked through and the sauce has thickened to your liking.

Final Adjustments:

  1. Season the Curry

    Season the curry with salt and pepper to taste.

  2. Remove Whole Spices

    Remove the cinnamon stick, bay leaves, cardamom pods, and cloves before serving.


  1. Garnish

    Garnish with fresh coriander leaves.

  2. Serve

    Serve hot with basmati rice or warm naan bread.

Nutrition Facts

Amount Per Serving
Calories 450kcal
Calories from Fat 225kcal
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 25g39%
Saturated Fat 10g50%
Cholesterol 90mg30%
Sodium 600mg25%
Potassium 800mg23%
Total Carbohydrate 20g7%
Dietary Fiber 4g16%
Sugars 5g
Protein 35g70%

Vitamin A 800 IU
Vitamin C 15 mg
Calcium 80 mg
Iron 6 mg
Vitamin E 1.5 IU
Vitamin K 5 mcg

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily value may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.


This hearty pub-style beef curry is perfect for cozy evenings and gatherings. Adjust the chili powder to your desired spice level. For an extra depth of flavor, marinate the beef chunks in some of the spices for a few hours before cooking. Enjoy with a cold pint of ale for an authentic pub experience.

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Frequently Asked Questions

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Can I use a slow cooker for this recipe?

Yes, you can use a slow cooker. After browning the beef and cooking the aromatics, transfer everything to the slow cooker and cook on low for 6-8 hours or until the beef is tender.

What can I use as a substitute for coconut milk?

You can use heavy cream or plain yogurt as a substitute for coconut milk. However, note that this will change the flavor and texture slightly.

How do I make this curry less spicy?

To make the curry less spicy, reduce the amount of chili powder or omit it altogether. You can also add more coconut milk to mellow out the spice.

Can I freeze this beef curry?

Yes, this curry freezes well. Allow it to cool completely before transferring to a freezer-safe container. It can be frozen for up to 3 months.

What can I serve with this curry?

This curry pairs wonderfully with basmati rice, naan bread, or even a simple green salad. For a more indulgent meal, serve with garlic bread or roasted vegetables.

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  1. Michelle
    Made this recipe Recommends this recipe

    It was very easy to make and came out wonderful.

    • Fiona O’Sullivan

      Very happy you enjoyed it.