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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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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