Lemon and Rosemary Roast Leg of Lamb with a Lemon and White Wine Gravy

Lemon and Rosemary Roast Leg of Lamb with a Lemon and White Wine Gravy

Prep Time: 10 mins

Cook Time: 1 hour 30 minutes

Serves: 6 people

To Cook Medium25 minutes per 450g plus 25 minutes

To Cook Well done30 minutes per 450g plus 30 minutes


  • 1 x  whole lamb leg 
  • 3 tablespoons fresh rosemary leaves
  • Grated zest of 2 lemons
  • Juice of 2 lemons
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • For the Lemon and White Wine Gravy
  • 25g plain flour
  • 150ml dry white wine
  • 450ml good, hot lamb stock


Preheat the oven to 180-190°C, 160-170°C Fan, Gas mark 4-5.
  • In a small bowl mix together the rosemary and lemon zest.
  • Place the joint on a chopping board and make several slits over the surface with a sharp knife. Season on both sides and push the rosemary mixture into the slits.
  • Transfer the joint to a metal rack in a large non-stick roasting tin, spoon over the lemon juice. Drizzle with olive oil and open roast for the preferred, calculated cooking time, basting occasionally with any meat juices. Cover with foil if browning too quickly.
  • Remove the joint from the oven, loosely cover with foil and leave to rest for 15-20 minutes. Meanwhile, make the gravy; spoon off any excess fat from the roasting tin and discard. Place the tin over a medium heat and sprinkle over the flour. Stir well with a small whisk or spoon, add a little wine and stir again, scraping the base of the pan to release any rich lamb sediment.
  • Add the remaining wine, stock and any meat juices from the lamb. Adjust the seasoning if required and simmer for 8-10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Strain before serving.
  • Serve the lamb with seasonal vegetables and the gravy.