National Welsh Rarebit Day

August 31, 2020

We love a National Day!  On September 3rd each year we celebrate National Welsh Rarebit day.

This day is about celebrating the go to comfort food of a melt in your mouth mixture of cheese, eggs, mustard, beer (yes, there really is beer in it!) and Worcestershire sauce on toasted bread.

What is Welsh Rarebit?

Traditionally, it is known as grilled cheese which has been mixed with lightly beaten eggs, some Worcestershire sauce, beer and mustard to create the perfect cheesy topping for toasted bread.

Welsh Rarebit

The beer is optional (but in our opinion it really helps with the flavour) or you can substitute in some milk if serving to the little ones.

Why is it called Welsh Rarebit?

The original name for this dish was, in fact, “Welsh rabbit,” originated back in the 17th century though it has nothing to do with bunnies. In an attempt to reduce confusion, the name was altered to “rarebit,” but it can still trip up those around the world unfamiliar with the Welsh dish.

National Welsh Rarebit Day

What is the difference between cheese on toast and Welsh rarebit?

Welsh Rarebit

Cheese on toast is simply, slices of cheese on toast, what more can we say about the perfect snack? Where this dish differs, is that it is a fluffy cheese based mixture with different ingredients and sauces and then added as a topping to toasted bread before going under the grill until fully melted and ready to be enjoyed. We advise making a good few slices of this as 2 is never enough.

Here is our go to Welsh Rarebit recipe below:

Welsh Rarebit Recipe

This famous Welsh dish is a kind of 'posh cheese on toast' with a Welsh twist. Here is our recipe for Welsh rarebit.
Prep Time10 mins
Active Time10 mins
Yield: 4


  • 350 g Cheddar Cheese
  • 1 Egg
  • 2 tbsp Beer Preferably stout or substitute with milk
  • 1 tsp Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1 tsp English Mustard
  • 1 Pinch Cayene Pepper
  • 12 Slices White Bread


  • Set aside 1 heaped tablespoon of grated cheese
  • Mix the rest with the egg, beer (preferably stout) or milk, Worcestershire sauce, mustard and cayenne.
  • Preheat the grill to high and toast the bread on both sides. Spread the cheese mixture on top and then sprinkle on the reserved cheese.
  • Grill until the cheese is melted and starting to turn golden brown. Serve immediately.

Why not try making your own Welsh rarebit with McQueens Dairies Delicious Free Range Eggs? Our free range eggs can be added to your weekly deliveries in our online shop  

Remember to tag us in your Welsh rarebit creations on National Welsh Rarebit Day on Facebook or on Instagram using the hashtag #mcqueensdairies and we will re-share your delicious creations.

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