A Brief History of Welsh Rarebit

Welsh rarebit is a simple but very popular dish of toasted bread covered in a cheese sauce or melted cheese, mixed with mustard, spices or ale, and has been popular since the 1500s under the name of ‘caws pobi’, which is Welsh for toasted cheese.

Nobody’s quite sure of the origin of the name, but it’s generally believed to be a jest at the expense of the early poor of Wales, from the South Wales Valleys, who may largely have subsisted on rabbit and ale (though how this relates back to cheese on toast, I am not sure). The dish was thought to be a staple in the diets of Welsh men and women.

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Welsh rarebit on homemade bread and served with a rhubarb compote. Photograph was taken for Thomas Restaurant at Future Inn Cardiff’s summer 2019 Taste of Wales Menu

Great Outdoors Month – Explore South Wales

I am Welsh and even though I live in the capital, Cardiff, a fashionable, fast-paced, cosmopolitan city, ingrained into my bones is being in outdoor spaces, surrounded by hill mountains, open spaces and a sheep or two.

If you love getting out and about and enjoying yourself, Great Outdoors Month is perfect for you. It is an excellent opportunity to explore or reacquaint with your surroundings. Plus, I am a fair weather outdoor-er, and June should be a warm, dry month. I say, should, I am in Wales after all!

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What a view, what a sunset!

St Dwynwen’s Day – Welsh Valentine’s Day

So, the Welsh know a little thing or two about love, we have our own special hug, a cwtch, and our very own Valentine’s Day. Dydd Santes Dwynwen | St Dwynwen’s Day is celebrated every year on 25th January.  Why wait until February when you can wish your partner ‘dwi’n dy garu di’ (I love you) a few weeks earlier?

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National Cuddle Up Day – Anyone can cuddle, but only the Welsh can cwtch!

National Cuddle Up Day falls on 6th January annually.  January has some of the coldest temperatures of the year, it is a great excuse to warm up with those closest to you.  The Collins Dictionary says, “If you cuddle someone, you put your arms around them and hold them close as a way of showing your affection.” 


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