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5 Welsh Dishes to Try on Your Next Weekend Away in Wales

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 favourites. 

 1.       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 disappointed! 

2.       Welsh Rarebit

Welsh Rarebit

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 it!

3.       Glamorgan sausages  (Selsig Morgannwg) 



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 place. 

4. Bara Brith

Bara Brith

Image source: CC-by-2.0 by zingyyellow…!

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 tea. 

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

Closeup _of _Welsh _cakes ,_February _2009

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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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