The Perfect Christmas Gravy Recipe

Don’t let the stress of preparing for Christmas Day Lunch get to you. In our latest blog, we share an ingenious way to make your gravy ahead of time; no other Warwick restaurants would be so willing to offer such stress-saving tips. Make a note of what you need below, and we guarantee you’ll save time without compromising on taste.


You will need:

2 onions, 2 carrots, 2 sticks of celery, 2 rashers of smoked streaky bacon, 2 fresh bay leaves, 2 sprigs of fresh sage, 2 sprigs of fresh rosemary, 2 star anise, 10 chicken wings, olive oil, 60 ml sherry and 4 tablespoons of plain flour.



To start, make sure your own is preheated to 180°C/350°F/gas 4.

Roughly chop the celery, bacon, onions and carrots.

Put vegetables, bay leaves, sage, rosemary and star anise into a roasting dish, topped with bacon. Add the chicken wings, add a splash of oil, salt, pepper and toss. Cook for 1 hour.

Remove the tray from the oven and place into a frying pan. Continue to warm on low heat on the hob. Using a potato masher, work everything together – don’t forget the beginnings of the gravy at the bottom of the tray!

If you want a darker gravy, let it fry for longer. Now is the time to add the Sherry – cook for a few minutes. Gradually stir in the flour, then add in 2 litres of boiling kettle water. Simmer for 30 minutes, being mindful to stir occasionally.

Gravy thickness is a preference that is firmly each to their own. When it is just how you like it, sieve the mix into a large bowl and taste. If needed, season further before allowing to cool to room temperature.

Whether the big day is a week away or merely hours in the future, you can pour the gravy mixture into fridge or freezer-friendly containers and store however suits you best.


For frozen gravy

Always defrost your gravy mix – this can be done while your turkey is in the oven. Add the gravy you made onto the tray with the turkey (once it has been cooked!) and heat through the baking tray on the hob. This will incorporate any delicious turkey juices. Strain and serve. The same applies for fridge-cooled gravy, without the defrosting step!

Want to add a touch of sparkle to your gravy? Why not incorporate Prosecco and wild mushrooms – simply substitute the Sherry for sparkling wine, and add mushrooms in with the veg. Don’t forget to stir in some Cranberry Sauce…


Join us this Christmas…

If you don’t want to face the washing up, then why not join us at Wroxall Abbey for one of our festive lunches or dinners? We will be serving Christmas Day Lunch from noon, priced at only £104.95 per adult and £62.95 per child – we think it’s the best value when compared to other Warwick hotels. With a Champagne and Canapé reception on offer, it makes perfect sense if you want to enjoy the fun of the festive season without the stress of tidying up. Find out more here.


Dine at the most welcoming of all Warwick restaurants this festive season. Enquire about availability online today.


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