The Best Places for Welsh Rarebit in Cardiff

The perfect bread to cheese ratio
The perfect bread to cheese ratio | ©
Nicholas Witts

Welsh rarebit is a delicious, traditional Welsh dish that is essentially a creamy cheese sauce on thick toast. It is widely known throughout Wales, and naturally has a place on the menus of many eateries in Cardiff. Stay at one of Cardiff’s best budget-friendly hotels and try these places to sample Welsh rarebit.

1. Madame Fromage

Cafe, Deli, Restaurant, British, Vegetarian, Vegan, Gluten-free, Coffee, Tea , Street Food

Castle Arcade

Madame Fromage serves 150 different varieties of award winning cheese, and naturally their Welsh rarebit is seen as a winner too. Found in the Victorian Castle Arcade, it’s seen as the leading specialist cheese shop in the country. Take a seat in the main restaurant or smaller café, and enjoy a garlicky Welsh Rarebit made with Black Bomber cheddar and Welsh ale, a recipe that has been tweaked to perfection over the years.

2. Pitch

Bar, Restaurant, British, Gluten-free, Beer, Wine, Cocktails, Fast Food

Cardiff Bay
©Stèphane Goldstein/Flickr

Pitch offers a modern twist on the traditional dish by using it to accompany one of the nation’s other favourite meals – beef burgers. Pitch’s famous ‘Hoff Burger’ offers a combination of two of the following toppings: Welsh cheese, bacon, onion rings, fried egg, avocado, grilled mushrooms or creamy Welsh rarebit topping. Find this gastronomic great on Mill Lane, a trendy restaurant and bar area in the heart of the city.

3. Snails Deli

Cafe, Deli, British, Vegan, Vegetarian, Gluten-free, Fast Food, Coffee, Tea

Situated in a Cardiff suburb, this family run grocer, deli and café has shelves upon shelves stacked with local produce. Since opening in late 2006, the deli has enjoyed huge success and has even had to expand into a neighbouring building to accommodate demand. It has a friendly ambience, and arguably serves one of the best takes on the traditional Welsh rarebit in Cardiff. Served on incredibly chunky bread, you are likely to be left impressed by the way this fantastic eatery does business.

4. The Potted Pig

Bar, Restaurant, British

The Potted Pig, Cardiff
© The Potted Pig

Situated on Cardiff’s busy High Street, the Potted Pig is a critically acclaimed restaurant and gin bar that finds itself situated in a former underground bank vault. It is one of the top places in the capital serving this unique dish, and it can be had as a side for just £5, suiting budgets of all shapes and sizes. Chefs also use as much seasonal Welsh produce as possible which means what goes onto the plate is well and truly local.

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