If you are visiting Wales and looking to try some of the local Welsh food, then here’s a quick guide to some of the local delicacies, as well as some tips on where to get them. This list will help you plan your trip so that you can enjoy what Wales has to offer from its unique and varied cuisine.
The history of Welsh Food
Welsh Food history dates back all the way to the 8th century BC. The ancient Romans had great influences on Welsh food and agriculture. From simple farming in rural areas to advanced organic and vegan culture today. The Welsh delicatessen has evolved over time making it one of Britain’s cultural favourite foods.
The most well-known Welsh dish is Cawl. This is a hearty broth typically made with lamb or beef; vegetables such as leeks and celery; and cobs of leek dipped in batter and deep fried. Another popular Welsh food is Welsh Rarebit. More local Welsh food examples can include Welsh Cakes, a favourite treat often paired with jam and cream.
National Dish – Cawl
A cawl is an Anglo-Saxon word for broth and it often consists of meat and root vegetables that are left simmering over an open fire. A popular choice in Wales during colder months, a traditional Welsh cawl will help soothe your hunger while also providing you with valuable nutrients like vitamins and minerals. As Welsh delicatessens stock every kind of cheese and pork imaginable, Cawls are easy to find in any area of Snowdonia.
Cornwall’s answer to Scotland’s haggis, oggies are savoury pasties filled with some sort of meat, often in the case of Wales it is lamb (and sometimes vegetables). These portable snacks are often eaten cold.
Cheese from Wales
Welsh cheese is finally starting to get some deserved attention. Snowdonia Cheese is one of the most popular brands in Wales. They offer a range of drooling different flavours, which you can often find on the Cheese Boards of many Welsh restaurants, or at a local Welsh deli or Welsh food shop.
Fish & Chips
The pride of Wales is its national dish – fish and chips. All over Wales you’ll find several award-winning chippies that serve up some of Britain’s best fry-ups. Due to Wiles’ beautiful landscapes, Fish and chips is a firm favourite along the coastline when going to the beach, or for a walk.
The perfect traditional Welsh treat is also known as Caws Pobi or Caws Padrig, it is often referred to as simply cheese on toast, but it is much more than that. If you like your cheese with a side of pastry (like most people do), then Welsh rabbit is for you. The dish gets its name from its creamy white appearance: much like a rabbit’s fur. You can serve it warm or cold and it’s best served with crusty bread and garnished with butter lettuce, spring onions and chives.