Backing British cheese this Christmas

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Backing British cheese this festive season

The great British cheeseboard is always a stand-out highlight of the festive period. Whether it’s a Christmas Eve snack, part of your Christmas Day dinner or on the Boxing Day buffet table alongside the cold turkey and ham, it’s the perfect accompaniment.

The biggest challenge comes when you’re trying to put your cheeseboard together. There’s West Country Cheddar, Blue Stilton, British Camembert and Wensleydale from Yorkshire. We produce an amazing array of more than 700 cheeses in Britain – that’s more than in France – so there’s plenty of choice.

It's always tempting to try and please everybody but there are always a few selections worth noting as the centrepiece for the great British Christmas cheeseboard.Cheeseboard with grapes_11063

Top tips for serving cheese

Showcase your delicious British cheeses this Christmas at their very best with these wedges of advice:

• Take your cheese out the fridge about an hour before you want to serve it and let it reach room temperature to bring out the flavours in full.
• Have a few knives at the ready and use separate knives to cut blue cheese and mould ripened cheeses (like Brie and Camembert).
• Jazz up your cheeseboard with complementary garnishes such as British apples, tomatoes or celery.

Below is just a small sample of some of our NFU dairy farmer members who’re producing great British cheese



East Midlands

Sparkenhoe Red Leicester

Lincolnshire Poacher Cheese

Cotehill Cheeses

Belvoir Ridge Creamery




Colston Bassett Dairy

Cropwell Bishop Stilton

Websters Dairy

South West

Brinkworth Dairy

Lyburn Cheese

Ceris Cheese

Ruddle Court Cheese

Godsells Cheese

Woefuldane Dairy

Smarts Traditional Gloucester Cheese

Jonathan Crump’s Cheese

Simon Weaver Cotswold Organic Dairy

Charles Martell & Son Ltd

Barber’s Cheese

Lye Cross Farm

Wyke Farms


Westcombe Dairy

Brue Valley Farm

Keens Cheddar


Longman Cheese

The Exmoor Blue Cheese Company

Greens of Glastonbury

Goulds Cheddar

Ilchester British Cheese

The Lubborn Creamery

Ford Farm Cheesemakers

The Bath Soft Cheese Company

Black Cow Cheese

Cathedral City

Parkham Farm

The Cheese Shed

South East

Hall Place Dairy

Nettlebed Creamery

Two Hoots Cheese

Isle of Wight Cheese

Ellies Dairy

Winterdale Cheesemakers

Kingcott Dairy

Bookham and Harrison

The Goodwood Estate Home Farm Produce

Golden Cross Cheese Ltd

High Weald Dairy

Norbury Blue Cheese

Laverstoke Park Farm

Hampshire Cheeses

Quicke’s Cheddar

Lyburn Farmhouse Cheesemakers

North West

Lake District Cheese Company

Butlers Cheeses

Mrs Kirkham’s Lancashire Cheese

Joseph Heler

H.S. Bourne

West Midlands


Belton Cheese

Berkswell Cheese

The Shropshire Cheese Company

Mr Moyden’s Handmade Cheese

Innes Cheese

Guernsleigh Cheese

East Anglia

Nortons Dairy

Mrs Temple’s Binham Blue


Caws Cenarth Cheese

North East

Doddington Dairy

Yorkshire Dama Cheese

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Last edited on: 07:12:2016

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