Welsh Rack of Lamb for the Perfect Dinner Party

Welsh Rack of LambIf you’re planning a dinner party for friends and family, then you’re probably looking to cook something that is easy to prepare and serve but that looks really impressive too!  The ideal cut which is perfect to impress is a Welsh Rack of Lamb.

In fact, you can roast a whole rack of lamb to a perfect medium rare, carve it correctly and present it to your guests in just under an hour, meaning you’re not stuck in the kitchen while everyone else is enjoying the aperitifs.

Preparing a Rack of Lamb

The only thing that can make cooking a rack of lamb a little tricky is if you buy one that hasn’t already been prepared. Most butchers, like Hugh Phillips Gower Butcher in the award-winning Swansea market, will prepare your rack for you.  Also, if you order your meat from our online store, www.bestonlinebutcher.co.uk, your rack of Welsh lamb will be delivered to your door ready to pop into the oven.

However, if you want to have a go at preparing the rack yourself, here’s how to do it:

  • Cut away the thick fat from the bones of the lamb
  • Trim the meat from the fat, this can be used for cooking at a later date
  • Remove the fat from the loin and trim away any excess
  • Using a sharp knife scrape the bones on both sides
  • Use a kitchen cloth to pull the sinew from the bones
  • Trim any excess meat from between the bones
  • Trim any remaining fat from the loin to prevent shrinking

Fool proof Welsh Rack of Lamb Recipe

This simple recipe is perfect for a dinner party as it only takes five minutes to prepare, 20 minutes to cook and goes really well with roast potatoes and any green veg.


2 racks of lamb with 7 to 8 chops (to serve 4)

See Salt

Black pepper

4 tablespoons of Mayonnaise

4 teaspoons of mustard

Chopped fresh herbs eg rosemary, thyme, chives, mint, tarragon — whatever you have available.


Preheat the oven to 475ºF. Place lamb on a parchment-lined (for easy clean-up) rimmed baking sheet. Season with salt and pepper on all sides. Mix together mayo, mustard and herbs. Spread in an even layer across the rack of lamb.

Place pan in the oven. Bake for 10 minutes, reduce heat to 400º and bake for 10 more minutes. Take pan out of the oven and place lamb on a board to rest. Let the rack rest for at least 10 minutes.

Cut and serve. Simple!!!

Click here for more ideas on how to cook a rack of Welsh and other recipe ideas from the Great British chefs website.

Hugh Phillips Gower Butcher

When you buy your rack of Welsh lamb from our market stall or online shop, you are guaranteed to have cuts from the best end of the loin and hand trimmed to expose the bones.  All our lamb is sourced from the Gower and surrounding area which is in line with our Gate to Plate philosophy ensuring that we know the source of these free-grazing lambs.

Place your online order today and we’ll give you a voucher code to save £5 off your next order placed before the end of February:

Welsh Rack of Lamb


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