Preheat the oven to 190ºC.
In a large ovenproof pan, heat a lug of olive oil on a low heat. Add the onions and fry gently for about 10 minutes – try not to colour them too much. Turn the heat up, add the garlic, carrots and celery and scatter in the mushrooms. Mix everything together before stirring in the beef, rosemary, a pinch of salt and a level teaspoon of pepper.
Fry fast for 3 or 4 minutes, then pour in the Guinness, stir in the flour and add just enough water to cover. Bring to a simmer, cover the pan with a lid and place in the preheated oven for about 1½ hours. Remove the pan from the oven and give the stew a stir. Put it back into the oven and continue to cook it for another hour, or until the meat is very tender and the stew is rich, dark and thick. A perfect pie filling needs to be robust, so if it's still quite liquidy, place the pan on the hob and reduce until the sauce thickens. Remove from the heat and stir in half the cheese, then season carefully and leave to cool slightly.
Dust a clean work surface with flour and roll the pastry out evenly with a floured rolling pin to the thickness of a pound coin. Tip the stew into your dish and even it out before sprinkling over the remaining cheese.
Place the pastry over the top of the pie dish and criss-cross it lightly with a sharp knife. Brush the top with beaten egg, then bake the pie directly on the bottom of the oven for 45 minutes, until the pastry is cooked, puffed and golden. Delicious served simply with peas.
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|Serving Size: 1 Serving (622g)|
|Recipe Makes: 6 Servings|
|Calories from Fat: 685 (58%)|
|Amt Per Serving||% DV|
|Total Fat 76.1g||101 %|
|Saturated Fat 28.6g||143 %|
|Monounsaturated Fat 34.6g|
|Polyunsanturated Fat 6g|
|Cholesterol 183.5mg||56 %|
|Sodium 864.6mg||30 %|
|Potassium 1087mg||29 %|
|Total Carbohydrate 71g||21 %|
|Dietary Fiber 6.6g||26 %|
|Sugars, other 64.4g|
|Protein 49.1g||70 %|
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Calories per serving: 1175
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