20 Popular Welsh Foods and Products

Updated: Jul 22

Our top suggestions for Welsh things to enjoy!

Whether you’re a Welsh person that’s moved away or someone who has just discovered the joys of visiting Wales, there’s nothing quite like traditional Welsh foods or products.

We’ve put together a list of brilliant Welsh produce and traditional Welsh gifts for you to try and love.

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Top 10 Traditional Welsh Foods

There are a number of reasons why Wales continually draws UK tourists. From their breathtaking views to their lovely people and culture. But there’s nothing quite like traditional Welsh food!

We’ve narrowed down the seemingly endless list of Welsh recipes to a few of our absolute favourites.

1. Cawl

This traditional Welsh delicacy is best enjoyed on a cold day with a fresh crusty roll of bread. It’s a broth of local vegetables and meat (usually Corned Beef, but you can also use Lamb or Beef chunks).

2. Welsh Rarebit

This lovely Welsh food is often mispronounced as ‘Welsh Rabbit’ and so many people are shocked to find out that meat isn’t actually an ingredient at all in this dish.

It’s what many people describe as a luxurious cheese on toast. The main ingredients used are bread, cheese, flour, beer and normally egg. Many people like to add a sprinkling of Paprika to warm up the dish.

3. Bara Brith

A slice of warm Bara Brith is the perfect accompaniment to a cup of tea or coffee. This traditional style fruit cake can be enjoyed with or without butter.

4. Welsh Cakes

Although Welsh Cakes can be enjoyed warm or cold, they’re best served fresh off the bakestone. Bakestones are a traditional tool used to cook Welsh cakes, it looks like a flat frying pan made of thick cast iron.

5. Glamorgan Sausage

Don’t let the name fool you - these sausages are perfect for vegetarians! This Welsh treat is flavoured cheese sausages made with leeks, crumbly white local cheese, mustard, breadcrumbs, and some herbs and seasonings.

6. Laverbread

Laverbread is a bit like Marmite, you’re either a lover or a hater. It’s a stunning seaweed delicacy that often accompanies a full Welsh breakfast.

7. Crempog

Translated to English, Crempog means ‘pancake’. However, these mouthwatering Welsh pancakes are a little different. They tend to be much thicker versions of the simple pancake and made with buttermilk.

8. Cockles

The Welsh cockles are best enjoyed straight from the market or fisherman with a healthy dose of vinegar!

9. Bara Ceirch

This delicious Welsh recipe is actually not as widely known as its cousins Bara Brith and Crempog. A Bara Ceirch is best described as round savoury oat cakes.

Although not as widely known and popular, they are not to be sniffed at and taste amazing accompanied by some local Welsh cheese.

10. Homemade Leek and Potato Soup

This hearty dish is the perfect soup for a cold and windy evening. It tastes best when made with fresh, locally grown ingredients. It’s the type of dish that warms you from the inside out!

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Top 10 Traditional Welsh Products or Gifts

1. Local Welsh Cheese Hamper

Ok, so we are cheating a little with this as it isn’t a “thing”. But we guarantee that any person would be pleased to receive a traditional Welsh cheese hamper as a gift. Well, maybe not someone who is lactose intolerant.

2. Welsh Love Spoons

This traditional gift is often given to couples as a Wedding gift as it’s said to bless their union. The wooden spoons are full of imagery to signify different things about the couple.

3. Welsh Slate

Welsh slate is good for more than just roofing tiles. You now see it much more often as homeware like table mats or coasters. It’s a stunning addition to any luxury Welsh home.

4. The Mabinogi books

Filled with traditional Welsh folk stories about mythology, magic and romance. It’s a thoughtful gift for those wishing to learn more about the Welsh culture.

5. Traditional Welsh Woolen Blankets

Wales is well known for its sheep, and so it only stands to reason that they are known for phenomenal quality wool blankets.

6. Welsh Beer or Ale

There’s nothing quite like locally brewed Welsh ale or beer to finish up a long day. It’s known for being full of flavour and usually quite strong.

7. Welsh Whisky

If you’re ever in Wales (or just driving through), be sure to check out the Penderryn distillery. It’s well known for its award-winning single malt whiskey and other spirits.

8. Cwtch gifts

Anybody can cuddle, but only the Welsh can cwtch! A cwtch in Welsh can actually mean either a comforting cup or a small cubbyhole.

9. Welsh Jewellery

From stones or gems forged in Wales to jewellery featuring a traditional Celtic knot. They’re both extremely popular and would make a great gift for the jewellery lovers in your life.

There are actually many different types of Celtic knots, from a ‘Shield Knot’ thought to protect their wearers to the ‘Dara Knot’ which symbolises your connection to other people and your ancestors.

10. Art of the views in Wales

Wales as a country is well known for breathtaking views, so why knot give that to a loved one for them to enjoy in their homes.

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