You have come to the right place if you are looking for caterers in Wales. Companies Catering is a website that has been newly established in order to remove the inconvenience of trying to find the best, local caterers in a particular part of the country, in this instance Wales. We pride ourselves on being the first UK based website dedicated solely to helping people find local catering companies in Wales. Our website is very simple to navigate and to use; finding caterers in Wales is easy. All you need to do to find the perfect caterer in Wales is to simply type into the search bar at the top of the page what it is you require and then sit back and peruse the caterers that match your requirements. The search bar will return both caterers and places in the UK – just type in the Welsh location to get all caterers that serve that place. Alternatively, if you don’t have time to go through the options yourself, just fill in our online form and receive a quote directly from a number of caterers in Wales.
Trying to plan catering without knowing the local companies or what they specialise in makes the task that more difficult. Companies Catering has sought to remove the ambiguity of selecting unknown caterers by finding local companies for you and allowing you to choose the most appropriate or desirable one based on past clients reviews. So no matter what type of party or event you are looking to cater for, we will help you find the perfect caterer in Wales.
Wales officially became a part of the Kingdom of Great Britain in 1707 and then the United Kingdom in 1801. Throughout the ages the English have struggled to assert their dominance over the Welsh and still today the Welsh have their own language and unique culture. More importantly for us, the Welsh have their own cuisine; the food has been influenced in part by their English neighbours, but the majority of quintessentially Welsh dishes have come to prominence due to limited ingredients that were both available locally and that they could afford. The foundations of Welsh cuisine were laid down by the Welsh working people, the type of food that they ate and still do eat is largely based on what is available, as far back as history can go, they are renowned for living off the land. Sheep are intensively farmed in Wales and Welsh lamb is famous internationally for being the best. Vegetables were historically very rare in Wales and so the most common, the leek, was incorporated as much as possible into as many dishes as possible, from the Glamorgan sausage to the cawl, earning the prestigious title as a national symbol of Wales. Traditional Welsh cuisine is the food of the people who ate it, the farmers, the coalminers and the fishermen; recipes weren’t written down, they were orally passed down through the generations, richer families tended to adopt English cuisine and cooking habits to set themselves apart from their poorer neighbours.
Each region of Wales doesn’t so much have their own peculiar special dish rather they have a proclivity for certain ingredients. This is historically based on the limitations the land placed on what could be grown there or what was available. In the highlands, with their wetter climate, oats flourished, whereas in the more fertile lowlands they were able to grow wheat and barley. Using Companies Catering you can find caterers in Wales that incorporate these ingredients in some form or another on their menus.
Cawl. A traditional Welsh stew is a simple dish of meat and vegetables. The main ingredient varies depending where in the country you are. Inland it will be lamb or mutton, if you are by the sea it will be seafood. Cawl is typically served with oatmeal or currant dumplings.
Welsh rarebit. Seasoned melted cheese mixed with ale and mustard and poured over toasted bread. An early version of this dish can be traced back to the 18th century when rarebit, or baked cheese, was considered a national dish. The most famous of Welsh cheeses used in rarebit is Caerphilly. It is first recorded in 1831 and came about as a way to store excess milk.
Laverbread (Bara Lawr) also known as Welshman’s caviar is seaweed that has been slow cooked until it becomes a puree. This puree is then mixed with oatmeal and baked to become bread. The Welsh eat it for breakfast topped with bacon or cockles or fried in small patties.
Welsh cakes. A little cake that actually looks like a biscuit, but is soft and is traditionally cooked on a griddle. It is flavoured with spices and dried fruits. Best served warm and sprinkled with sugar (but can be eaten cold topped with butter).
Bara Brith. This literally translates as speckled bread. It is a traditional rich Welsh fruit loaf where the currants, dried fruit and candied peel have been steeped in tea. Best served slathered with salted butter.
Glamorgan sausage. Not a sausage at all. but actually a vegetarian dish made with Caerphilly cheese, mustard and leeks, rolled in breadcrumbs (the original ones would have been made with sausage meat, but this has long disappeared).
Italian ice-cream. Yes, Italian ice cream is famous in Wales. Around the beginning of the 19th century when coal mining was growing as an industry in Wales, the Italians flocked to Wales for the work bringing with them Italian cuisine and ice-cream. Even to this day you will see Italian ice-cream vans dotted around the valleys.
As mentioned above whilst Wales has lots of lovely dishes that are synonymous with the country and steeped in history, Welsh cuisine isn’t renowned for these regional dishes; instead it takes pride in its individual ingredients. Many Welsh cooks and restaurants won’t make you olde world Welsh dishes, no, they will proudly showcase the inherently Welsh ingredients. Rest assured though, whatever you end up with, you can be safe in the knowledge that you are selecting a caterer in Wales who will provide the ultimate in Welsh cuisine for your event.