10 Must Try Welsh Delicacies
When planning a holiday in Wales, many people focus on the beautiful landscapes and historic sites. But if you’re new to this part of the world, it’s vital to set aside some time to sample the local specialities. We may be biased, but there’s just something special about these Welsh delicacies…
The leek may be our national emblem, but ask any proud Welshman or woman and they’ll tell you that our national dish is cawl. Somewhere between a broth and a stew, cawl requires meat (usually lamb), veg (usually carrots, potatoes and leeks) and stock, and is best enjoyed with a good hunk of buttered bread and some Welsh cheese.
The name may seem a little generic, but Welsh Cakes are a very specific delicacy. These flat round cakes are similar to scones (although clearly superior) and made with flour, milk, eggs and butter, with spices and currants added. Once baked they’re sprinkled with caster sugar. If you can resist eating them straight from the oven, they're also good cold.
Bara Brith, or "speckled bread" is a sweet fruit bread flavoured with tea. Many different varieties are eaten around the country, but if there’s one thing we can all agree on it’s that it must be served at tea time with a good amount of butter.
You may have tried Welsh Rarebit before – but not like this! Visit our beautiful nation and you can try the ultimate version of this lunch staple. For the uninitiated, a rarebit consists of bread topped with a melted mixture of strong cheddar, butter, Welsh beer, mustard and Worcestershire sauce.
No it’s not a type of Welsh bread – it’s actually a dish made from seaweed collected along the Welsh coastline. The seaweed is washed and boiled until soft, and then minced into a green paste. It’s traditionally eaten with cockles and bacon for breakfast, but it also makes a fantastic addition to a rarebit.
Our national cheese is white, crumbly and mild on the palate – and, in our opinion, even better than the cheddar it is often compared to. Pair with some leeks for a quiche, or simply enjoy with some good bread and strong chutney.
Halen Môn Anglesey Sea Salt
You may not think of sea salt as a delicacy, but here in Wales we take our seasoning very seriously. Halen Môn is a Welsh institution created from Anglesey seawater that enjoys Protected Designation of Origin status. A pack of this fine salt is a must-have for any Welsh kitchen.
Take a trip to Wales and you’ll find it near impossible not to eat lamb. The good news? Our lamb really does live up to its global reputation.
These sustainably farmed, hand-raked mussels hail from the north of our beautiful nation, and are famed for their exquisite flavour and colourful shells. If you’re a seafood enthusiast, this isn’t a local delicacy you’ll want to skip.
Rounding off our list is the Glamorgan sausage, a vegetarian staple which combines cheese (usually Caerphilly), leeks and breadcrumbs. If you’re not going to sample our lamb, this is the next best thing!