This Christmas, the British Cheese Board is encouraging families and friends to upgrade their ordinary festive cheeseboards with it’s ultimate cheese pairings.

With over 700 named varieties of British cheeses on offer, take your cheeseboard to the next level by perfectly matching each piece of British cheese with its ultimate partner, whether it is wine, whisky, port, beer or even Christmas pudding.

Why not encourage guests to try a dram of Talisker 18yr old whisky with their extra mature or West Country Farmhouse Cheddar, as the smoky and sweet flavours of the whisky balance out the slight saltiness of the cheese. For those who prefer something a little less strong, the accents of passion fruit, orange and vanilla found in The Singleton of Dufftown 12 yr old whisky complement the creaminess of Somerset Brie. Or failing that try a brandy with your Cornish Camembert

If dry white is the tipple of choice, Farmhouse Red Leicester complements it perfectly, but if the fullness of a red Pinot Noir is preferred, enjoy it with Garstang Blue or an aged Cheddar. Another cheese that never fails to appear on a festive cheeseboard is Blue Stilton, whose perfect partner has got to be port. However, the scent of cinnamon and spices found in mulled wine also complement the strong undertones of the ‘King’ of British cheeses, as does a dessert wine such as Ollaroso Sherry.

For something unusual, try the distinctive pairing of Wensleydale and Cranberries with a drop of sherry or a chilled glass of Pinot Grigio. Alternatively, Cornish Yarg or Northumberland Nettle, both of which are wrapped in nettles leaves, works in harmony with real ale or even sparkling wine. Adventurous types will love White Stilton & Blueberries, which goes perfectly with a sweet cider, such as Peronelle’s Blush Suffolk Cyder, and will also add colour to your cheeseboard

If your cheese board makes an appearance whilst the Christmas pudding is still being enjoyed, dare your guests to switch the brandy butter for a slice of crumbly mild Cheshire, and wait to see their pleasantly surprised faces as they realise the benefits of this cheesy alternative.

To get the most out of your cheese this Christmas, remember to take it out of the fridge up to two hours before serving; avoid using the same knife to cut different cheeses as this can lead to the flavours contaminating one another; and finally buy softer cheeses such as Brie and Camembert in advance so that it has a chance to ripen.

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Recommended Cheese (including stockist)

Recommended Partner

Westcountry Farmhouse Cheddar by Keen’s, sold in Waitrose

Smoky & rich whisky, such as Talisker 18yr Old

Somerset Brie by Lubborn Cheddar, sold in Waitrose

Delicate & smooth whisky, Singleton of Dufftown

Cornish Camembert by Cornish Country Larder, sold in Morrisons or Tesco

Brandy, such as Martel

Farmhouse Red Leicester by Belton Farm, sold in Waitrose

White wine, such as Sauvignon Blanc

Garstang Blue by Dewlay, sold in Booths, Sainsbury’s, & Co-op

Red wine, such as Pinot Noir

Blue Stilton by Long Clawson, sold in all major supermarkets

Port/Mulled Wine/Ollaroso Sherry

Wensleydale & Cranberries by Wensleydale Creamery, sold in Waitrose, Morrisons, Booths, Sainsbury’s

Pinot Grigio/Sherry

Cornish Yarg by Lynher Dairies, sold in Waitrose, Tesco, Somerfield, Sainsbury’s & Morissons

Real Ale/Sparkling Wine

White Stilton & Blueberries by Long Clawson, sold in Morrisons

Sweet Cider, such as Perronelle’s Blush Suffolk Cyder

White Cheshire by Belton Farm, sold in Waitrose

Christmas Pudding