Eating In Wales

[The problem with posting on Mondays is that a long weekend always throws you off schedule – especially if you decide to do a surprise post on Saturday.]

This is going to be a short post, mainly because Kristen and I didn’t really get to explore Welsh food.  We bought breakfast foods at the Sainsbury’s down the street in an effort to save money (side note: I love that there are grocery stores everywhere in Europe – in Halifax I have to walk at least 20 minutes to get to a grocery store).

We did eat at a pub where they had a steak, sides and beer for 8 pounds.

Some days you just need a steak and a cold beer.
Some days you just need a steak and a cold beer.

I think it was called “The Great Western” or something that sounds like the name of a railroad.  While it wasn’t particularily “Welshy”, it was a great meal for under 10 pounds and damn filling (and came with a pint).

My sister had always talked about Welsh Cakes, but I didn’t find any, except for in the grocery store.  Not bad, but I would have liked to try an actual bakery version – and maybe the Jam Split or Apple Dragon variation.

Welsh Cakes (photo from

Other Welsh dishes I’d someday like to try (from Wikipedia):

  • Tatws Pum Munud (five minute potatoes), traditional Welsh stew, made with potatoes, vegetables and bacon; cooked on a stove.
  • Tatws Popty (oven potatoes), traditional Welsh stew, made with potatoes, vegetables and a joint of meat; cooked in an oven.
  • Teisennau Tatws (potato cakes),served as an accompaniment — not a main dish.
  • Welsh rarebit (or Welsh rabbit), dish made with a savoury sauce of melted cheese and various other ingredients, served hot, after being poured over slices of toasted bread.


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