Brown Windsor Soup Recipe

Janette Fuschi | Culinary Ginger

Brown Windsor Soup comes from Windsor Castle, and has all the flavors of beef stew. We think you’ll love this British classic!

Brown Windsor soup is a simple British beef soup with vegetables and fresh herbs that tastes like beef stew.

Brown Windsor Soup Photo

It is a rich, hearty and nourishing soup that is sometimes finished with a little drop of Sherry, which is often used in English cooking. A soup that lost its popularity that is occasionally heard of and rarely seen.

Derived from the Victorian and Edwardian eras, this soup was served at Windsor Castle (hence the name) and enjoyed by Queen Victoria in the 1800’s. Myself, I have only ever heard of this soup but never tried or seen it on menus and my mum never cooked it for us.

Brown Windsor Soup Picture

I first heard it referenced in the British comedy TV series from the 1970’s Fawlty Towers. A John Cleese (of Monty Python) series about a not-so-well run hotel by its nightmare owner in the south of England. The soup had become the brunt of comedic jokes and puns.

Brown Windsor Soup Image

After my research, I have read that it was served for many years by British Railways in their dining cars that was a particularly unappetizing version which could have led to its demise.

I can see how the color may put people off, but it’s not difficult to make this soup taste delicious and apparently, it’s just as easy to make it taste… not so delicious.

Brown Windsor Soup Pic

Brown Windsor soup is a long cooking dish. This is to make sure the stewed beef is tender, just like beef stew.

What I find unusual about this soup is the blending of it. It’s not usual to blend a soup with chunks of beef but it does help to thicken.

File 1 Brown Windsor Soup

After making and tasting, I am a fan of this soup and I hope it makes a comeback. If you love beef stew, you will love this soup and its reputation definitely needs some love.

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Brown Windsor Soup Recipe

    8 Servings


  • 2 ounces Unsalted Butter
  • 1 pound Beef Chuck, or bottom round, cut into cubes
  • 2 medium Onions, finely chopped
  • 3 Carrots, peeled and diced small
  • 4 stalks Celery, finely chopped
  • 4 tablespoons All-Purpose Flour
  • 10 cups Beef Stock
  • 1/2 teaspoon Fresh Thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon Fresh Tarragon, chopped
  • 1 Bay Leaf
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon Ground Black Pepper


  1. To a heavy saucepan add the butter over medium heat.
  2. Add the meat and cook until it starts to brown. Add the vegetables and cook until the vegetables soften.
  3. Sprinkle in the flour and mix well to cook the flour a little.
  4. Slowly pour in the stock while stirring and add the thyme, tarragon, bay leaf, salt and pepper.
  5. Cover and simmer for 2 hours until the meat is tender.
  6. Blend 1/3 of the soup, keeping some of the beef chunks and carrots for texture.
  7. Return the soup to the pan and taste for seasoning. Serve warm.



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Author: Janette Fuschi
Recipe Yields: 8 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 120 minutes
Total Time: 130 minutes

Nutrition Facts

Servings Per Recipe 8

Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat 135
Calories 243

% Daily Value*
Total Fat 17g
  Saturated Fat 8g
Sodium 1666mg
Total Carbohydrate 8g
  Dietary Fiber 1g
  Sugars 2g
Protein 10g

* Percent Daily Value are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
** Nutrition Facts are estimated based on ingredients and data provided by Fat Secret. Please consult a doctor if you have special dietary needs.
Janette Fuschi

About Janette

Janette is a British ex-pat living in Southern California. On her blog, Culinary Ginger, you'll learn all about it. On Food Fanatic, you'll see her favorite British classics, and ours too!