No trip would be complete without getting to try the best food and drink stops a place can offer and Wales surely does impress when it comes to this. From its interesting variety of traditional dishes to fine delicacies, you won’t run out of amazing restaurants, cafes and delis to explore. Here’s a quick primer on what you shouldn’t miss out on when you’re in Wales:
Welsh cuisine mostly features meat and stews. There’s also the Welsh rarebit, faggots and shepherd’s pie. This stems from a history of being prepared for the working class, as the country’s top industries have been farming, fishing and mining. Native Welsh dishes are also known to include lamb. A popular choice would be Salt Marsh lamb, which is commonly included in restaurant menus during the months of June and July.
Given the country’s location and fishing industry, seafood is a common food option in Wales. Cockles, monkfish, salmon, brown trout and white carp are among the popular Welsh specialties. Laver bread, which is made from pureed seaweed harvested from the Welsh coastline, is often served with eggs, cockles and bacon to make a traditional breakfast.
2. Welsh Cuisine
Being the national vegetable, leek can be a common ingredient in many Welsh dishes, including leek soup and Welsh Cawl. Other Welsh-made food products such as the Glamorgan sausage, Caerphilly cheese, Black Bomber and Collier’s Powerful Welsh Cheddar are commonly featured in traditional cuisine. When browsing through restaurant or café menus, you can take note if the dishes served are using these as ingredients so you’d be guaranteed an authentic Welsh experience.
Teatime is a big part of Welsh culture and so are the puddings! If you have a sweet tooth we recommend trying Welsh cakes, turnovers, oatcakes, pancakes and pikelets. Don’t pass up on even the quaint little café in the corner, you’ll never know how good their pastries are if you don’t give it a shot.
4. Fine dining
Just because Welsh cuisine came from humble origins doesn’t mean you can’t have fine dining too! There are at least three Michelin starred restaurants in Wales: the Walnut Tree in Abergavenny, Tyddyn Llan in Llandrillo and The Checkers in Montgomery. And just a pro-tip: make sure to check for the ‘Wales, the True Taste’ logos if you’re looking for top tier restaurants to dine in!
With over 20 vineyards, Wales supplies some of the finest wines in the UK, There are also lots of pubs and bars in the country, with plenty of local beer breweries as well. As beer is the national drink, you won’t have any trouble looking for places to enjoy a pint.
Wales has so much to offer when it comes to wining and dining, all you need is an appetite for adventure and it’s sure to satisfy the foodie in you!