Welsh Rarebit with Cider and Leeks

Welsh Rarebit with leeks and cider on a plate

Our family has always enjoyed Welsh Rarebit as a filling lunch or quick-to-make dinner. 

Over the years, I have tried many different recipes for Welsh Rarebit but the family always want our special version, and they love it made with local produce from our Farmer’s Market. We have always added leeks (sometimes onion if we had run out of leeks) to our Rarebit and, of course, we always use cider instead of beer! 

This most definitely comes out top of our family votes as the best Rarebit we have ever had!


200g Pant Mawr,  Mature Cerwyn (a Mature Welsh Cheddar), grated

250ml Craft Welsh Cider – we usually use our Vale Cider’s Serious Scrumpy

1 large Leek, chopped finely

60g salted butter

40g plain flour

2tsp mustard (strength according to your taste)

2tsp Worcestershire sauce

Several thick toasted slices of Wholegrain or other loaf of your choice


About 15 minutes.


Melt the butter in a medium sized saucepan. 

Add the finely chopped leek and saute until softened.

Add the plain flour and blend to a smooth paste.

Add the mustard and Worcestershire sauce and stir. 

 Add the cider, stir, and then add the grated cheese. 

Mix until the cheese is melted.

Serve on the warm slices of toast with a green salad.

Enjoy with a nice glass of your drink of choice.

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