Traditional Welsh Foods You Must Try

Are you planning a trip to Wales and curious which Welsh foods to try when you get there? Read on as we highlight the best delicious and traditional Welsh foods you need to try when visiting Wales. 

Welsh Cakes

It is safe to say that Welsh cakes are at the top of the list of everything culinary-themed in Wales. There are many variations of this delicious treat that have been handed down through generations. The Welsh cake dates back to the late 19th century, around the same time that Afternoon Tea became a great British tradition.

Welsh cakes are traditionally kept simple with just the dough and sultanas to bring home that iconic taste.  

Welsh Cheese

Wales is the place to go if you like strong-flavoured cheeses. Instead of shopping in the supermarkets, check out local food shops around North Wales and get ready to taste some truly mouth-watering cheeses. 


Much like an Irish stew, its origins can be traced back to Liverpool, just north of the border from Wales. This delicious Liverpudlian recipe is still popular today thanks to the influence of both Irish and Welsh migrants.

Root vegetables are included in Scouse, including carrots, turnips, and potatoes. The stew has evolved over the years to include succulent lamb fillets and other ingredients.

Welsh Rarebit

Welsh rarebit is one of the best recipes you’ll find for a hearty, nourishing meal you can prepare quickly. From a first glance, it seems like a simple cheese on toast: but there is so much more to it than that. 

You can find countless variations on the recipe, from grandma’s tried-and-true recipes to modern twists by aspiring chefs. To the cheese, butter, and flour sauce are many additional ingredients, such as mustard, Worcestershire sauce, and even beer. When it comes to cheese, nothing beats a strong Welsh Cheddar cheese. 

Bara Brith

Bara Brith, meaning streaked bread, is a tea loaf stuffed with dried fruit and spices, and it is particularly delicious when paired with some quality Welsh butter. Bara Brith can also be a great addition to Afternoon Tea, along with Welshcakes.

Although Bara Brith is similar to a fruit cake, it is more like bread when it is prepared according to the traditional recipe (sometimes called Welsh Tea Bread). Plus, it has an entirely unique taste.

Conwy Mussels

If you are a seafood lover, then you must visit Conwy, North Wales for their famous Conwy muscles. The meat of Conwy muscle is renowned for its rich flavour, but it is also renowned for its striking colour.

To fully experience the North Wales coastline, nothing compares to pan-fried mussels with garlic and white wine. 

In summary, Welsh foods are some of the most hearty and comforting that you will ever eat. The best Welsh foods are also some of the most fascinating you will ever discover, as they’re shaped by history and have unique stories through the ages.

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