When I feel like steak for dinner, I usually get a rib eye for its soft marble, succulence and flavour. It’s been my staple go-to cut for a number of years. However, when Donald Russell contacted me to ask if I’d give their Pave Rump Steaks a try, I welcomed the change. 

Royal Warrant holders, Donald Russell, opened its doors to trade customers in 1974. They supply gourmet meats to high-end restaurants and hotels in the UK and worldwide, and over the years has become one of the UK’s best-known places to buy meat online. A huge selection includes beef, lamb, pork and mutton as well as veal, poultry, venison and game. They also have a rather impressive seafood selection. A place after my own heart.

Donald Russell- Pave Rump Steak

I’m personally not a fan of a lot of fat in red meat due to an accident with Roast Beef when I was a child. Some fat wrapped around my uvula (or dangly bit!) and I was fighting to breathe while choking. Luckily my parents performed the hymek manoeuvre on me and all was well again. It still haunts me. 

What on earth is Pave?

Pave is the heart of the rump which produces a one muscle steak. This results in a very lean individual steak with no external fat, full of deep flavour, tender and juicy. Sounds like a perfect steak to me. Donald Russell mature their Pave Rump Steaks for a minimum of 35 days and are trimmed by hand from the centre of the rum muscle by their expert butchers. 

Donald Russell-Pave Rump Steaks

I griddled the steaks with a little pepper until they were medium rare, just the way I like it. To accompany them, I made Gorgonzola Sauce that I first fell in love with in Paris. It is perfect with red meat, even for those of us who aren’t huge fans of blue cheese. I also served the steaks with some Rosemary Roast Potatoes and Trimmed Green Beans. Comfort food at its best. 

Just as Donald Russell said, the Pave Rump Steaks were very tender and flavoursome. I was rather surprised as sometimes with lean meat, the lack of fat can result in the meat suffering and becoming dry. However, this was not the case, they were perfect.

& just look at those lines *swoon*

Donald Russell- Pave Rump Steak with Rosemary Roast Potatoes and Green Beans

Donald Russell- Pave Rump Steak with Gorgonzola Sauce

Donald Russell- Rosemary Roast Potatoes

It is a cut of meat that I will definitely purchase again and they can deliver to your house! I can already think of a few recipes that the steaks would be perfect for and since it’s rather sunny right now, would be perfect on a BBQ!

Want to create the recipe for yourself?

Pave Rump Steak with Gorgonzola Sauce
Serves 4
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
25 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
25 min
For the steaks
  1. 4 pave rump steaks (or steaks of your preference)
  2. Salt & pepper to season
  3. 1 tbsp vegetable oil
For the Gorgonzola Sauce
  1. 15g unsalted butter
  2. 1 shallot, finely chopped
  3. 250ml sour cream
  4. 125g Gorgonzola cheese, crumbled
For the Gorgonzola Sauce
  1. Melt the butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Add the chopped shallot and cook until golden brown.
  2. Add soured cream and Gorgonzola cheese, stirring until the sauce simmers and the cheese melts.
  3. Remove from the heat and cover to keep warm while the steaks are cooking.
For the steaks
  1. Pre-heat griddle pan and pat dry steaks with some kitchen roll to remove any excess liquid. Lightly brush the steaks with some oil and season with salt and pepper.
  2. Grill the steaks until they are cooked for your liking. I'm a 3.5 minutes on each side for medium rare type of person.
  3. Remove from the grill and leave to rest for 5 minutes.
  4. Serve with the Gorgonzola sauce and sides. I chose Rosemary Roast Potatoes which were pre-boiled and then tossed in oil and rosemary before being placed into the oven at 200°c for 30 minutes and trimmed green beans.
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  1. I’ve been ordering meat from Donald Russell for a couple of years now. One of, if not the best meat supplier in the UK.

    Their special deals are brilliant. I’d recommend buying their carving knife set too.

    • I’m a new convert. Their deals are great as well, I agree! I’m putting an order in soon 🙂

      • Just cooked some pave rump steaks from Donald Russell which i have never had before or even heard of, they were absolutely delicious, the meat is so tender with no fat and the taste is to die for, I’m usually a sirloin man myself but have been converted to pave rump which i shall be definitely buying again, my daughter said it was the best steak she had ever tried! What a superb butcher Donald Russell is!!!

  2. Rob Matthews Reply

    My son has been urging me to buy meat from Donald Russell for some time. I have now placed my first order. Looking forward to the delivery. What to try first.

  3. Rob Matthews Reply

    We too have just enjoyed pave steaks and a couple of days later your delicious sausages and black pudding. Well done the Russell team.

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