10 Best Cheeses For Christmas Cheeseboards 2021

10 Best Cheeses For Christmas Cheeseboards 2021

Christmas is fast approaching and maybe after last year’s lockdown, we’ve forgotten how quickly the holidays are upon us.
So, to help you make your Christmas celebrations extra special this year, we’ve put together our top 10 kinds of cheese for 2021.
Based on our experience last year when even online stores ran out of stock weeks before Christmas, I would advise you to start buying your favourites now. You can always buy and freeze them or alternatively buy and then schedule delivery later in December.

Below is our list of the best Artisan cheese, some of which is rare and only available at this time of the year and so it sells out fast.

Although most of our choices are English cheeses, we have slipped a few award-winning European cheeses in as well.

We would like to thank expert cheesemongers Kate O’Meara and Lucie Nock from The Cheese Society for their help in compiling this list of truly exceptional Cheeses.

As a special Christmas gift, they are also giving all our readers an “Early Bird” discount coupon. See that at the end of this post.

Our Top 10 Cheeses for Your Christmas Cheeseboards

1. Colston Bassett Stilton PDO

Colston Bassett Cheese

Colston Bassett Stilton – Regarded as one of the best traditionally made naturally crusted Stiltons in the country, this cheese is mature, with good blueing and rich, deep, herbaceous flavours that linger on the palate.

I know it’s obvious but stilton at Christmas just doesn’t get old. A cheese that is undeniably good throughout the year and is always fought over on the cheeseboard on Christmas Day, well in my house anyway. Buttery, mellow and delicious and best on a hot cooked ham or melted over pork pie with fruit chutney. Who are we kidding, everyone loves stilton at Christmas time.

£2.50 per 100g.


2. Baron Bigod Brie

Baron Bigod Brie Like Cheese
Baron Bigod is an exquisite Suffolk made, bloomy unpasteurised cows milk cheese.

It is a large 28cm diameter round cheese, made in the style of a good BRIE DE MEAUX with the unique and delicate milky flavours of the Montbeliarde cows milk, combined with rich, earthy mushroom notes. The protein-rich milk is perfect for cheesemaking and may also be more easily digestible to some who have milk intolerances.

The cheese has a great depth of flavour and a lovely golden hue to the rich paste. One of our current favourite cheeses.

£2.90 PER 100G


3. Quickes Extra Mature Cheddar

Quickes Extra Mature Cheddar

A full-flavoured, clothbound, fresh milk cheddar matured for a longer length of time to achieve a greater depth of flavour.

Matured for 24 months, this is an award-winning cheese that packs a punch. Made by Mary Quicke at the Quickes Dairy in NEWTON ST CYRES, Devon – a family farm that has been in the Quickes family for 450 years. Extremely complex flavours, a good bite and a strong finish.

£2.70 PER 100G


4. Black Truffle Gouda

Gouda with Black Truffles

Gouda with Truffles is an unusual creamy, washed curd, Gouda cheese with the addition of chopped black Italian Truffles that blend perfectly with the texture of the cheese.

Made with raw, cow’s milk, this is firm a pressed cheese, beautifully rich and decadent. Perfect as an aperitif with a glass of wine or as an after-dinner cheese course, we warn you, it’s incredibly moreish!

£3.40 PER 100G


5. Swaledale Traditional PDO

Swaledale Traditional for Christmas 2021
The cheese is made from locally sourced milk which displays the “Terrior” of the rich Swaledale meadows and pastures of Yorkshire. It is pasteurised prior to the cheese-making process and is extra matured, clothbound and naturally rinded. It is based on an ancient recipe developed hundreds of years ago and has similar characteristics to a farmhouse in Wensleydale, a brilliant alternative, but with softer and creamier notes with more delicate buttery flavours. (PDO – Protected Designation of Origin)

£2.40 PER 100G


6. Comte AOC 24 months aged

Comte AOC Cheese for Christmas

Comte AOC is a smooth, creamy and nutty mountain cheese made from unpasteurised cows milk and is one of the most popular and finest French cheeses. With a good intensity of flavour which improves with ageing (up to 24 months).

A versatile cheese, good for the board, for fondue melting and in general cooking. Also known as Gruyere de Comte or Compte.

£3.15 PER 100G


7. Delice de Bourgogne

Delice de Bourgogne - cheese for Christmas

A decadent triple cream cheese made by Fromagerie Lincet in the Burgundy region of France. Rich and full-flavoured with a smooth, velvety, melt in the mouth texture. Delice de Bourgogne is made by adding creme fraiche to full-fat cows milk. It has a white bloomy rind which has a mushroomy smell that contrasts nicely with the buttery and tangy notes of the cheese.

It is also similar to the classic BRIE in appearance but this is where the similarities end, this sumptuous cheese delivers an extra triple cream punch to the palate. This cheese is best enjoyed when it is running off your plate.

£2.40 PER 100G


8. Double Barrel Lincolnshire Poacher

Best Cheese for Christmas Cheeseboard

Double Barrel Lincolnshire Poacher – Double Barrel Lincolnshire Poacher is an aged Lincolnshire Poacher with a strong, rich and savoury taste. The cheeses are specifically selected and matured for over 24 months. This Poacher is a full-bodied, flavoursome cheese, with great depth, complexity and a lovely smooth lingering finish with a hint of nutty sweetness.

Ideal for those who love their strong flavours and firm cheeses, this is a real firm classic this Christmas.

Due to limited stock sold in approx 250g wedges – Price £6


9. Vintage Red Fox

Vintage red fox cheese

A Red Leicester style cheese with a crunch, Red Fox has a smooth, mellow flavour and a flaky, open texture. Like other red cheeses, Red Fox gets its colour from the flavourless dye from the South American plant annatto. Red Leicester style cheeses go especially well in cheesy bread or sprinkled over a potato gratin.

£2.00 PER 100G


10. Stinking Bishop

Stinking Bishop Cheese Christmas 2021

A soft textured washed rind cheese that develops a distinctive, meaty pungency with age. The cheese is handmade by Charles Martell on his farm in the heart of Gloucestershire. The name of the cheese is derived from the variety of pear “Stinking Bishop”, the juice of which is made into a “perry” and is used to wash the cheese. This gives the cheese its distinctive nose. The cheese should be the texture of thick clotted cream but on occasions is spoonable rather than sliceable! Stinking Bishop was made infamous after making a cameo appearance in “Curse of the Were-Rabbit” – a Wallace & Gromit film. This cheese may smell powerfully pungent, but the flavour is rather delicate and herbaceous.

£4.80 per 100g.

Sold as a wedge of 225g – £10.80



See more Special Christmas Gift Ideas for Cheese Lovers

Happy Holidays to Everyone