Christmas Cheese Edit 2013

Published: 4 April 2014

Cheese at Christmas is obligatory. And so, with that in mind, we asked cheese connoisseur, Harry Smith from Paxton & Whitfield of Jermyn Street to round up his favourite wheels of the stuff. From the mature to the downright heart-stopping, these six cheeses are the only ones to be indulging in this festive season.

Vacherin Mont D’or

Vacherin Mont D’or

This soft, rich, seasonal cheese made in Switzerland is only available in the winter months. Ideal for dinner parties with its mellow, buttery flavour along with an unbeatable flawless texture. Available in various sizes at any decent French delicatessen.

Quickes Traditional Mature Cheddar

Quickes Traditional Mature Cheddar

An award winning vintage cheddar from the West Country. Its earthy tones and lovely colour make it my favourite hard cheese. Lovely with a Ploughman’s lunch or melted on toast. Available online or at Rippon Cheese in Pimlico.

Red Leicester – Sparkenhoe

Red Leicester – Sparkenhoe

Sparkenhoe is a Red Leicester cheese that is actually produced in Leicestershire – the last time Leicester cheese was made on a farm in Leicestershire was in the 1950s. A complex cheese with delicate notes of nut and fruit, we suggest grabbing a block for the inevitable après Christmas Dinner over-eat. Available from Paxton & Whitfield for £5.75 per 250g.

Port and Stilton

Port and Stilton

It’s an old school classic for a reason. The sweet fruits of a vintage port compliment Stilton’s savoury spice beautifully. The only way to end your Christmas lunch. Great selections of both are available at Jeroboams, dotted around central London.

Paxton & Whitfield’s Truffle Brie

Paxton & Whitfield’s Truffle Brie

The ultimate in cheese luxury. The rounded punch of black truffle pairs perfectly with the mushroom notes in a strong Brie de Meaux. It looks great too. Hand made at Paxton & Whitfield daily.

Baked Camembert

Baked Camembert

This is a great sharing starter at this time of the year. Simply push a few garlic cloves and a sprig of rosemary into a Camembert de Normandie. Pop it in the oven for 15 minutes at 150ºC. You can find a good one in most supermarkets, Sainsbury’s has a great premium range.

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