Very Welsh rarebit: Two-thirds in Wales haven’t tried the traditional dish
A Welsh food historian has warned that some of the British Isles’ traditional foods are disappearing off the menu, as research showed that two-thirds of people in Wales have never tried Welsh rarebit.
Welsh rarebit, a dish consisting of a hot cheese-based sauce served over slices of toasted bread, is becoming increasingly, well, rare, according to research by Aldi.
Only half of people have heard of the Scottish classic neeps and tatties, with that number dropping to as few as a quarter in London, the survey showed. 10 per cent of those surveyed thought that black pudding, Eton mess, and bangers and mash were fictitious foods.
Seren Harrington-Hollins, from Llanidloes, has been researching the origins of some of Britain’s lesser-known delicacies. She said that “our culinary history is rich with stories and delicious dishes”.
However, she expressed surprise at the extent to which some British foods had dropped out of fashion according to Aldi’s poll.
“My work as a food historian means I understand that over time, peoples’ preferences and tastes tend to change, but it was surprising to learn that such a large chunk of people are not au fait with classics such as bangers and mash and toad in the hole,” she said.
The poll also revealed that only 22 per cent of millennials have ever tried a Scotch egg, while 18 per cent think that it is not a real foodstuff.