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Wales: Food and Drink

  • Welsh Cakes
  • Welsh Rarebit
  • Laver Bread

When thinking about Britain, traditional comfort food comes to mind, rather than world-class cuisine.  The world views the British as a meat and potatoes culture, which they were for a long time, however, the food culture in Britain is changing and it is a very exciting time.  Michelin star restaurants are popping up throughout the nation and TV chefs are entertaining international audiences.  There is a new emphasis on local and fresh foods, and in Britain’s larger cities, every type of ethic food is available.  As one kingdom made up of four distinct countries, it is not surprising that each country has their own specialties that should not be missed.


Popular dishes in Wales include:

Welsh rarebit: Originating in the 18th century, this is the Welsh version of cheese on toast.  This tasty sandwich contains Welsh cheese, ale and mustard mixed together and served on toast.

Glamorgan Sausage: These vegetarian sausages are on many menus in Wales.  They are made with Caerphilly cheese and leeks and coated in breadcrumbs.

Welsh Cakes: These cakes are small in size, but incredibly tasty.  Baked on a griddle, they are flavoured with spice and dried fruit and traditionally served warm with sprinkled sugar.

Drinks: Cider is very popular in Wales, as are beer brands like Purple Moose, Brains and Felinfoel.  The Welsh answer to single malt whisky is Penderyn and Merlyn is a popular cream liqueur. 


Things to know:

A service charge of between 10-15% may be added to bills in restaurants.  If this is the case, a further tip is not necessary.  However, if no service charge has been added, than a tip for good service is appreciated.

Drinking age:

People aged 16 and 17 can drink beer, wine or cider with a meal if an adult accompanies them.  They cannot buy alcohol until they are 18.


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