Travelling around and chatting to the locals can be hungry work, so why not satisfy your hunger by tasting traditional Welsh food during your trip to Wales. Here are the top 9 traditional Welsh dishes you’ll be able to enjoy.

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1. Welsh cakes (Picau ar y Maen)also known as bakestones, these little round cakes are flavoured with spices and dried fruit and are the perfect treat for teatime. Enjoy some warm Welsh cakes in a local cafe while you plan where you’re going to visit next.

2. Bara Brith – literally meaning ‘speckled bread’, this is a rich and spiced fruit loaf made with tea which is usually eaten spread with salted butter. Take a break to savour this favourite teatime fruitcake.



3. Cawl – this Welsh stew is made with different ingredients depending on whereabouts you are in in the country. If you’re travelling around the coastal area, you’re more likely to be served with a seafood stew, whereas inland you’ll be able to try the traditional lamb or mutton cawl. Cawl is the national dish of Wales, so make sure that you try some before the end of your trip!

4. Welsh rarebit (Caws Pob) – this famous Welsh dish is basically posh cheese on toast! The topping mainly consists of Welsh farmhouse cheese, mustard and ale which is served on top of toast. This delicious hot snack will keep you going while you see the sights.

5. Glamorgan sausage (Selsig Morgannwg) – this traditional Welsh vegetarian sausage is made with Caerphilly cheese and leeks coated in breadcrumbs. It’s a delicious meat-free option for you to try on your trip.

6. Bara Lawr – this classic Welsh delicacy called Laverbread is not actually a type of bread but is a dish made from seaweed which resembles a spinach-like puree. You can try some for breakfast fried with bacon and cockles or as a sauce to accompany a meat or seafood dish for dinner.

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7. Leek broth (soup) (Cawl Cennin) – leek is the symbol of St David so leek soup is traditionally eaten on St David’s Day but this vegetable is a staple ingredient of Welsh cooking so you must try some during your visit.

8. Pembrokeshire pasties (Pastai Penfro) – these traditional Cymric (Welsh) pasties were originally made with mutton but are now usually made with lamb which is combined with redcurrant jelly and currants in a pastry case. These pasties are ideal to eat while you’re walking around so you don’t have to interrupt your latest tour.


9. Welsh rice pudding (Pwdin reis Cymreig) – this is a comforting hot dessert made with pudding rice which will leave you with a warm glow as you step back out into the cold to continue with your sightseeing.

Practice ordering the dishes in their Welsh names as well as the English equivalent and you’ll soon be as full as your sightseeing schedule! Get ready for your trip with some last minute language lessons so that you can make the most of your UK holiday!