This dish is one of my slow cooker favourites. The perfect do-it-ahead number if you are having friends over. You just need to seal the meat, pop it in the oven to do its business and hey presto... you've got yourself a dinner.
I know ox cheek isn't the easiest ingredient to get hold of, but it is worth trying, if you can. If not, feel free to substitute the meat for shin of beef or venison stewing steak. Here's a complete guide to beef cuts to help you decide. I served mine with soft buttery polenta.
You can also use pre-made mulled wine, instead of basic red wine.