What food is 'Welsh'?

The lush pasture of Wales makes its lamb and beef a very high quality.  Welsh lamb is known as amongst the finest in the world for its tenderness and flavour.  Less known but equally delicious is beef from the Welsh Black breed of cattle (one of the oldest breeds in Britain).  It makes the most succulent tender steaks!  You can buy fresh Welsh Black Beef and Welsh Lamb to cook yourself from the meat counters at Cardiff Indoor Market from Monday to Saturday.  Or you can look out for them when dining out.

Cawl - a Welsh broth made from lamb with chunks of vegetables.

Welsh sea food is also plentiful and rich in variety, given its expanse of coastline. 

Welshcakes and Bara Brith (a sort of spicy fruit loaf) are classic things to eat for light tea.

Where to taste?

Ashton's fish stall, Cardiff Indoor Market. The place to go in Cardiff for freshly available Laverbread. Available every day (except Sunday).  Laverbread is a Welsh 'delicacy' but an acquired taste!  Made from raw seaweed gathered by hand and prepared in West Wales it is high in nutritional value.  Buy it in a tub and eat it as a dare!  You will often find it served rolled in oatmeal, or served with breakfast as a companion to bacon. Ashtons also sells fresh raw Welsh cockles.

Glo.  4 Churchill Way.  Bar and diner with its menu sourced from Wales. Good place to try Welsh Black beef with bruschetta, as a burger, or as rib eye steak, as well as lamb, and other foods either as light snacks or larger lunches.  Informal atmosphere with dining in the bar or downstairs. Deli next door serves sandwiches made to order and to go.  Live Jazz on some evenings.

Mimosa  Mermaid Quay.  Great quality food and drink in a relaxed but professionally run atmosphere.  Welsh owned and run but with a cosmopolitan choice of European and Asian dishes.  Also a great place to try good quality Cawl.

Fabulous Welshcakes, Mermaid Quay New outlet just off the waterfront serving freshly made Welsh cakes and other sweets and gifts. This shop had closed a while back, but the good news is that is has reopened... just follow your nose for the yummy welshcakes cooking smells !


ffresh Bar & Restaurant at Wales Millennium Centre: featured in the 2012 Good Food Guide and a Wales The True Taste Partner