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The Best Places for Welsh Rarebit in Cardiff

Picture of Nicholas Witts
Updated: 4 February 2017
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. Here are the best places to sample Welsh rarebit.

Madame Fromage

Cafe, Restaurant, British, $$$
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Castle Arcade
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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.
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Pitch

Bar, Restaurant, British, $$$
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Cardiff Bay
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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.
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Mon - Thu:
9:00 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat:
9:00 am - 11:00 pm
Sun:
9:00 am - 10:00 pm

Snails Deli

Cafe, British, $$$
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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.
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Truffles

Cafe, Restaurant, British, $$$
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Cardiff Bay
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Located at the picturesque Cardiff Bay, Truffles offers authentic Welsh recipes alongside popular British classics. The Truffles menu is creative, featuring traditional Welsh rarebit or Glamorgan sausages, as well as smoked salmon fishcakes or traditional ham and leek pie. Locally sourced ingredients are freshly cooked at Truffles restaurant and special requests are well accommodated in the laid-back atmosphere. Enjoy the dish amidst the restaurant’s contemporary décor, or eat al fresco when Wales is blessed by the sun.
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Mon - Sat:
9:30 am - 7:30 pm
Sun:
10:30 am - 3:30 pm

The Potted Pig

Restaurant, British, $$$
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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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Tue - Thu:
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Tue - Thu:
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat:
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Fri - Sat:
6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Sun:
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm