Cheeseboards are an essential part of any Christmas holiday. It’s exciting to pick out your favourite selection of cheese to serve with grapes, figs, chutneys and delicious crackers. We have selected some of the best British cheese on YouK to get you started.

The Cheese

Montgomery Cheddar

The Montgomery family are third generation farmers in South Somerset, producing world-class unpasteurised cheese by hand to ensure that each and every cheese is worthy of the accolade West Country Farmhouse Cheddar.

Montgomery’s Mature Cheddar is the epitome of traditional, handmade, unpasteurised Somerset Cheddar, matured for 12 months wrapped in muslin cloth on wooden shelves and has deep, rich nutty flavours.

Bath Soft Cheese

The ideal regional alternative to brie, Bath Soft Cheese is a reproduction of a lost recipe dating back to the time of Admiral Lord Nelson.

This square cheese is soft and yielding with a white bloomy rind, once cut into it reveals an ivory coloured interior. The flavour is mushroomy and creamy with a hint of lemons.

Cropwell Bishop Blue Stilton

Cropwell Bishop craft this cheese carefully by hand, using methods that have changed little since the 17th Century. It is made using vegetarian rennet, and around 78 litres of fresh, local milk.

To allow this Blue Stilton to develop its unique, deliciously creamy flavour, it is aged for up to 12 weeks.

Cerney Ash Cheese

This multi-award-winning pyramid-shaped goat’s cheese is covered with ash and white mould. It has a fluffy, curdy texture with just a little softening under the rind.

The beautiful texture strikes you immediately and then the taste of lemon with a hint of almond.

It is made in the Cotswold village of North Cerney, Gloucestershire by hand using unpasteurised goat’s milk and vegetarian rennet.

Cornish Yarg

A conversation starter, Cornish Yarg is a semi-hard cow’s milk English cheese with a difference as it contains nettles.

The English cheese is carefully wrapped in nettle leaves. This forms an edible, bloomy rind as the cheese matures. Near the rind, the texture of Cornish Yarg is creamy but towards the centre, it becomes crumbly, like a Caerphilly cheese. As you can imagine, it tastes deliciously creamy and zesty.

The Extras

Serve your cheese with a selection of crackers, oatcakes or water biscuits, grapes, apple and figs as well as condiments such as chilli jam, chutney, mustard and honey.

How to Keep Cheese

The amount of food we buy often results in a vast amount of waste. The best way to store your cheese is in a cold room, or the bottom of the fridge, wrapped in wax paper. Bring the cheese out of the cool for 20 minutes before serving, to improve out the flavour of the cheese.

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