Staffordshire lobby (beef soup/stew)

    5 hours 20 min

    This is a soup/stew that my Mum used to make when her housekeeping money was running low. I am pretty sure that other families all over the Potteries had it too. She used to tell us that when she was young her mother made the dish with little (or no meat) when money was tight.

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    Serves: 4 

    • 1lb stewing or braising steak – fat removed and cut into small chunks
    • Handfull Pearl Barley
    • 1 Diced Onion
    • 4 Large Diced Potatoes
    • 1 Swede Diced
    • 4 Celery Sticks Chopped
    • 4 Carrots Chopped
    • 2 Beef Stock Cubes

    Prep:20min  ›  Cook:5hr  ›  Ready in:5hr20min 

    1. Put all the ingredients into the slow cooker and cover with boiling water.
    2. Stir to combine
    3. Leave to cook for approximately five hours.
    4. Season to taste and serve in large bowls with chunky bread.


    Like so many other soup/stew type dishes it tastes even better the day after it is made. My Dad always seasoned his with vinegar.

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    My husband is a Stokie and he loves lobby although he doesn't like the pearl barley so I just left it out!  -  19 Nov 2010


    forgot to star it!  -  19 Nov 2010


    Loved this. Brought back lovely childhood memories.  -  02 Feb 2015