With so many cheeses on the market we reveal the key players that make up a crowd-pleasing cheeseboard...
Cheese production in Britain and Ireland has never been more diverse, with so many cheeses to rival our continental cousins it can be difficult to know where to start when planning your platter.
For 6-8 people our Food Editor recommends serving a selection of three or four cheeses, including a soft, a hard and a blue.
Stilton and cheddar are still the most popular at Christmas time but regardless of personal taste our top picks should inspire.
Moist, creamy and wrapped in wild nettles, Cornish Yarg is pungent and delicious.
Crumbly in texture, Colston Basset Stilton is a rich creamy blue made in the same dairy for 100 years.
Serve with a medium dry white wine.
Perfect for mild tastes, Camembert is super creamy with a hint of lemon. Its soft texture is at its finest when left to sit at room temperature for a short time before serving.
Serve with sparkling white.
Barkham Blue cheese combines a rich blue taste with a melt-in-the-mouth buttery soft texture.
Serve with an oaked dry white wine.
Made from unpasteurised milk using traditional rennet, Sparkenhoe Red Leicester
is rich, nutty and sweet – a complex flavour but very smooth.
Made using a 400-year-old technique, Cave Aged Cheddar is smooth with nutty flavours and a strong tangy bite.
Serve with red wine.