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how to create the ultimate cheeseboard: video.

A strong cheddar, a creamy blue, a crumbly white; everyone has their favourite cheese. Cheeseboards can be pretty personal too. I love a smoked cheese or a rich Brie, as well as dunking warm bread into freshly baked Camembert. It's true Christmas isn't complete without a cheeseboard. And since you might have guests coming over to share it (whilst we all wouldn't mind a cheeseboard to ourselves), I've created what I think is the best cheeseboard spread to give you a few ideas.

Scroll on for the video as well as details of the beautiful cheese on offer this year at Central England Cooperative...


As strong cheeseboard needs a strong cheddar. Some of the best cheddars in the UK hail from Somerset, so it's definitely something to look out for when picking up your cheese. Just like this Truly Irresistible Wookey Hole Cheddar (200g - £2.80), which although it has a unrivalled flavour, really melts in the mouth. This cheese matures in Somerset’s Wookey Hole cave for 9 months, longer than any competitor cheese, which gives it its distinctive full flavour. I served it with a slightly sweet Irresistible British Beetroot and Orange Chutney.

Red Leicester

I might be biased here as I'm from Leicestershire myself, but I get rather patriotic when it comes to Red Leicester. It's a must for me. This Truly Irresistible Belton Farm Vintage Red Fox ticks all the boxes. Red Leicester is so much more than just dyed orange cheese you might have had as a kid, a true Red Leicester actually has slightly crunchy calcium crystals which naturally occur in quality, aged cheese.


Blue isn't a favourite of mine, but Christmas is about giving to others, right? To create a balanced cheese board, a blue gives a tangy, sharp and sometimes bitter contrast to the other cheese. Some love it, some not so much. Think Stilton, Saint Agur, Gorgonzola, Roquefort and Exmoor Blue. A cheese like Roquefort is tangy, crumbly and slightly salty, making it a great accompaniment with sweet grapes and a rich glass of Merlot wine.


There's always room for a novelty festive cheese, right? I've gone simple with a classic Wensleydale and Cranberry; a medium cheese which crumbles against the jewels of cranberry. I found a squeeze of orange is perfect for adding a festive flavour. 


When it comes to Brie, I really think it's worth investing in the best quality you can afford. Produced in France, the AOC accredited Truly Irresistible Brie de Meaux is a welcome addition to any cheeseboard. A bold yet moreish flavour, this Brie balances strong earthy flavours with a buttery, creamy texture and bloomy rind. And of course, the cranberry sauce pairing is an institution. 

Something Different 

I first tried Taleggio when I worked in a local delicatessen, so was thrilled to see it on the Coop shelves. With a coveted DOP status, the Italian cheese is mild, slightly fruity with a bit of a tang. I would say lovers of Brie and Camembert would enjoy this one. It's perfect drizzled with honey on a Coop Rosemary Cracker. Delicious!

What are your favourite cheeses? What will be on your cheeseboard this year? Make sure you head over to the #triedandtasted for more festive ideas, products and recipes from Coop.

In collaboration with Central England Co-op


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