Cardiff Castle
Cardiff Castle

If looking for something different to do when visiting Cardiff, Wales, Loving Welsh Food Tours is a must. The four hour walking tour includes a tasting of a variety of Welsh foods and a boat ride along the River Taff. Along the way, our guide gave us an informative history of Cardiff. After a visit to Cardiff Castle on our own, we met our guide Sian to begin our food tour journey. A short walk from the castle we enjoyed tea and cakes at Pettigrew Tea Room. We visited the Central Market where the locals shop for anything from seafood to flowers to baked goods and more. The first stop found us at the local fish market where those brave enough tasted seaweed and cockles on oat cakes. This is a quite tasty delicacy. Our second stop at the market found us tasting Welsh cheese where we sampled local cheeses of chedder, Perl Las (blue cheese), and Dolwen. Unfortunately, these cheeses cannot be shipped to the US. During the time we were walking from tasting to tasting, we were learning of Welsh and Cardiff history.

The National Museum was our lunch stop where we were served Welsh rarebit (not to be confused with rabbit), faggot, liver balls with mushy peas, Glamorgan sausage and lamb stew. Not your normal lunch stop but when in Wales, you must try it.

After lunch we strolled the public gardens and boarded a canal boat where we sailed on the River Taff to the Cardiff Harbour. Our fourth stop found us at Fabulous Welshcakes bakery. This tiny bakery makes traditional welshcakes that look like a silver dollar pancakes fresh from the griddle.

The Exchange Hotel , formerly the Coal Exchange is a beautiful stately building that once housed the Coal and Shipping Exchange in 1888 and was used as a market for trading coal in Cardiff. We had a delicious dessert of sticky pudding cake along with tea and coffee.

The Loving Welsh Food Tour was a four hour walking tour of approximately five miles. It is an easy walk with many stops to sample the Welsh food and as a bonus learn about the history of Cardiff. Of course, while on the food tour, a stop at a pub to sample the local beer completed our day.

Who knew Welsh food was so delicious?

Seaweed and Cockles
Seaweed and Cockles
Cardiff Cakes

Joan Cook

Joan Cook has worked in the travel industry for over 37 years. In 1981 she started sharing her love of travel by opening up Travel Discoveries International in a small town in central Illinois. Her husband John joined the business in 1986 and together they have escorted groups worldwide. Some of Joan’s favorite destinations include riding a camel in Egypt, an elephant in Cambodia, and kayaking north of the Arctic Circle. Other exotic adventures include a safari in Kenya & Tanzania, Cuba, and most recently Russia. Joan also loves European river cruising. In 2016 after selling Travel Discoveries International, Joan started working with the MAST Travel Network as the MAST Exclusive Group Coordinator, setting up group trips for MAST. The MAST travel consortia, currently is made up of over 200 travel agencies.