We have chosen the Devon and Cornwall Longwool as it’s a traditional rare breed that has been bred in Devon since 1877.


The Devon and Cornwall Longwool’s are docile, well natured animals which adapt well to living in Devon’s climate and are easy to look after. They have a large frame with good confirmation which produces good quality lamb.


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Devon and Cornwall Longwool

Roast Lamb with Rosemary, Shallots and Beetroot

2 cloves garlic, peeled and crushed

2 x 400g packs cooked baby beetroot (not in vinegar), halved or quartered

2 tbsp fresh rosemary, chopped

2 tbsp redcurrant jelly or Cumberland sauce

900g/2lb lean lamb joint

salt and freshly ground black pepper

450g/1lb shallots, peeled and left whole

For the gravy

1 tbsp plain flour

300ml / ½ pint lamb stock, hot

dash Port, Madeira or Sherry

extra sprigs fresh rosemary, to garnish


Inspired by: BBC Food



  1. Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas 4. Place the garlic and 75g/3oz beetroot into a food processor or blender and whizz together until nearly smooth. Stir in the rosemary and redcurrant jelly or Cumberland sauce. Cover and set aside.
  2. Place the lamb joint onto a chopping board. Make several incisions over the surface of the joint. Position a metal rack over a large non-stick roasting tin and add the joint. Season and roast for 1¼ to 1½ hours.
  3. During the last 40 minutes before the end of cooking add the remaining beetroot with the shallots in the base of the roasting tin, remove the rack and position the joint on top of the vegetables.
  4. 20 minutes before the end of the cooking time remove the joint and brush the reserved beetroot and garlic mixture over the lamb.
  5. When the lamb is cooked to your liking, transfer to a warm platter with the vegetables and keep warm.
  6. To make the gravy, spoon off any excess fat from the roasting tin and discard. Place the roasting 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 sediment.
  7. Add the remaining stock, Port, and any meat juices from the platter, adjust the seasoning, if required and simmer for 8-10 minutes or until reduced to a well-flavoured gravy. Strain if required.
  8. Serve with potatoes and a mixture of seasonal sautéed wild mushrooms and marrow.
Devon and Cornwall Longwool sheep
Devon and Cornwall Longwool sheep

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