Welsh rarebit

Welsh Rarebit

Welsh Rarebit

Welsh rarebit is quick and easy to make and is perfect as a snack or a light lunch. This traditional Welsh dish is delicious served with some crispy salad leaves and a tasty dressing.

Preparation time: 10 mins

Cooking time: 10 mins

Serves: 4


  • 50g flour
  • 50g butter
  • 250ml beer or ale, warmed
  • 250g cheddar cheese, grated
  • 2 tsp English mustard
  • Black pepper
  • 4 large slices granary bread


  1. In a small saucepan, melt the butter and make a roux with the flour. Cook for a couple of minutes, stirring to prevent the roux from burning.
  2. Stir in the warm beer gradually, until you have a thick, smooth sauce.
  3. Add the grated cheese and stir until melted. You should now have a thick paste.
  4. Mix in the mustard and season well with black pepper.
  5. Lightly toast and butter the bread, then pile up the cheesy mixture on each slice.
  6. Cook under a hot grill for a few minutes, until browned and bubbling.


Photo: Tristan Kenney