Heat a casserole on a medium heat and add the oil. Add celery, onions and carrots and cook gently for 10 mins. Add the meat and flour and stir. Pour in the ale and tomatoes. Stir well and season with a little salt and plenty of pepper.
Step 3 : Place in oven
Bring to the boil, put the lid on and place in the oven for 3 hours. Check half way to make sure it’s not drying out. Add a little ale or beef stock if it is.
Step 4 : To serve
When cooked the meat should be completely tender. Remove the bay leaves to serve. Serve with spinach and potatoes.