Wales is well-known for its beautiful scenery and rolling hills,
and when you think about a weekend away there, you might imagine
long walks, the wind sweeping through your hair and grabbing a pint
next to a roaring fire in a quaint local pub.
There are also some must-try foods that you should be sure not
to miss out on during your weekend away. From the savoury to the
sweet, these traditional Welsh delicacies are 5 of our
Welsh Cawl (pronounced Cowl)
Hailing from the local farming
community of Ceredigion, 'Cawl' (Welsh for soup) is the perfect
hearty dish for warming your cockles. Thought of as the traditional
stew of Wales, Cawl uses two of Wales' best ingredients - lamb and
leeks. Head over to a traditional pub and seek out some Cawl after
a long walk in the Welsh mountains; you won't be
Rarebit is a more well-known
Welsh dish, originating from the 18th century. Often known as 'posh cheese on
toast', this dish is a twist on the classic, using local Welsh
cheese, ale and mustard. Throughout the years, there have been many
different versions to this Welsh gem but none quite beat the
classic rarebit. This is a popular dish UK-wide, not just in Wales;
it's just that good!
Foodie blogger Kacie Morgan from The Rare Welsh
Bit | @TheRareWelshBit is
obsessed with the stuff! She told us…
"Welsh rarebit is one of my favourite Welsh
dishes. It's the perfect comfort food; I love the taste of the
melted cheese combined with ale and mustard on freshly baked bread.
When I make Welsh rarebit myself at home, I like to add leeks and
bacon or good quality ham - it makes me hungry just thinking about
Glamorgan sausages (Selsig
Despite being created during
World War 2 when supplies of meat were short, Glamorgan sausages
are certainly not known as the "poor man's sausages" any
more. Often making up part of a breakfast or lunch, these
sausages are often filled with local cheese, and of course, the
Welsh favourite; the leek. Due to the variety of Welsh cheeses
used, these sausages will often differ from place to
4. Bara Brith
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Known as a local Welsh
delicacy, Bara Brith literally translates to "mean speckled bread".
Bara Brith includes raisins, currants and candied peel. However,
Welsh recipes often include a stage of soaking the dried fruit in
tea overnight to make the fruit full of flavour. Sold all over
Wales, pop into a local bakery or tea shop on your travels to find
some - Bara Brith makes the perfect accompaniment to afternoon
Welsh blogger Lisa from Lovely Appetite | @LovelyAppetite says...
"I love Bara Brith. It's a recipe that every Grandmother I
know can make well, but are secretive on the recipe! It's perfect
with some good quality butter and a cup of tea."
5. Welsh Cakes
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Full of sugar, spice, and everything nice - Welsh cakes are a
long-standing Welsh favourite. They're somewhat similar to a scone,
but with that sprinkle of Welsh magic to add a little extra
flavour. Our favourite spices to add to these delicious little
cakes are cinnamon or nutmeg. Welsh cakes are cooked similarly to
crumpets on a griddle. Delicious!
Welsh blogger Jamie Edwards from Explore with Ed | @EdExplores says…
"As a child I loved visiting my local market and buying
welsh cakes fresh off the griddle. The warm crumbly cake with sweet
fruit and a sprinkling of sugar is one of my favourite treats to
accompany a cup of tea."
Wales is full of hidden surprises; these delightful dishes are
just some of them! Come and
visit us here at Portmeirion to discover them for yourself.
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