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Apparently the name Welsh Rarebit is a dig at the Welsh.

You’d think there’d be plenty of other options for riling our celtic cousins without resorting to a poke at this classic comfort food that has become so popular over the last couple of years. But apparently it relates to the fact that whilst rabbit was the cheap food standby for the English, the Welsh standby was cheese – hence Welsh Rarebit…

With a classic recipe there are of course 59 different ways of doing it – beer or no beer – roux or no roux etc etc. Last night I tried the no-beer roux route. Lovely with some old school soft lettuce and pepper salad with a honey and raspberry vinegar dressing.

Welsh rarebit

Welsh rarebit

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Due to my extended period of downtime given that, unbelievably, we are still having to pump out the basement on a daily basis, I took the opportunity to try a local establishment for lunch with me old mate Al.

The last time we did this was about 6 months ago when we ended up having a legendary meal of roast quail and sauerkraut at the Anchor and Hope in Waterloo.

Like that time (snails and ox heart) Al chose to stick with an offal’esque selection at The Duke with cuttle fish and white bean on toast followed by Ox tail and braised pearl barley – and very nice it was too.  The Duke are slavish to their organic paradigm – the only pub in the UK (the world?) to have certification from the Soil Society  – so their dishes are seasonal, sustainable and, for once all the better for it.

Our approach at Full English is not to be a flag waving, organic pioneer, rather an establishment that obsesses over the flavour and welfare of the animals we butcher and serve. There’s no doubt in my mind that a happy pig is a tasty pig – an given that I happen to quite like pigs anyway, I don’t want to be responsible for making that pig spend its days inside on a hard concrete floor.

I’m pretty sure that the porker in my bacon and egg sandwich was a happy one – I certainly was when I’d washed it down with a couple of pints of Eco Warrior!

My bacon & egg sandwich with sautéd pots

My bacon & egg sandwich with sautéd pots

Al's oxtail and braised pearl barley

Al's oxtail and braised pearl barley

Felix had the milk special!

Felix had the milk special!

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