Cheese is one of my favourite things ever and I would literally have a cheese night every night if I could. But as I want my jeans to still fit me, I will have a cheese night every so often as a treat. Because it's one of my favourite things to do, I will share with you my favourite cheeses to have on a cheese board. I will admit, I am not a huge wine connoisseur but I will work on it.

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High end soft cheeses to include on your board

Brillat Savarin - I only discovered this cheese last year. We had it at Maul's cheese and wine bar in Salisbury and bought one from there as it was so amazing. It was pretty expensive, it was a wheel smaller than a camembert but I think it was around £8. However, if you love brie-like cheeses it is definitely worth it as a treat. It's similar to a brie, but instead of being made with milk it's made with full fat cream, so you will only need to eat a little bit at a time anyway. It tastes amazing with honey!

Tunworth - Tunworth is basically the British version of a camembert. We had it cold and it seemed to me creamier and a little softer than a camembert so I'm not sure how it would work if you wanted to melt it. However, I believe this is £8 again in Waitrose so I'd recommend using a camembert to melt as it's a lot cheaper and you don't want to ruin this cheese. Again, great for a treat if you want a high end cheese and tastes amazing if you like brie and camembert.

Lyburn Garlic and Nettle - A flavoured cheese is a must for a cheese board and this one tastes amazing. You can buy this one from Lyburn Farm in the New Forest, so it is pretty local for me. Definitely use your favourite flavoured cheese on your board, they have some in supermarkets, I've had the chive one from Tesco before which is nice.

Budget friendly soft cheeses to include

Brie - Obviously! My favourite is the round Castello brie that they have in Tesco for about £2 but I do love any brie, use your favourite.

Camembert - I feel like a melted camembert is a centrepiece and if you are having a cheese board with lots of other cheeses you might not need it. It's good to have as the main even though, with a couple other bits to go with.

melted camembert

Port Salut - This is good for anyone who doesn't really like strong cheeses, it kind of reminds me of a babybel. This is around £2 I believe, depending on which supermarket you go to.

Smoked Mozzarella - You should definitely choose a smoked cheese to go on your board and this is definitely a good one. It's quite mild so will be good for anyone who doesn't like their cheese too strong.

Boursin - amazing soft garlic cheese to put on bread or biscuits. Always a staple for me!

High end hard cheeses to include

Kirkham's Lancashire - This is a bit like a cheddar but obviously it's made in Lancashire. You can get this from The Fine Cheese Co for £5.80. It's a little more tangy and earthy than a cheddar so it's good if you like cheddar but want to try something with a more unique taste.

Stoney Cross - This is from Lyburn Farm again. It's a little softer than a cheddar and tastes a little more earthy and tangy. Definitely a good one to try if you want to support a local New Forest farm shop.

Budget friendly hard cheeses to include

Cheddar - Everyone's favourite, every cheese board needs a cheddar and you can get lots of different kinds so it's whatever suits you. I do like a classic cathedral city but a lot of local cheese companies will have some form of cheddar if you wanted to support a local supplier.

Red Leicester - I have to admit, I always forget about Red Leicester cheese, but it tastes amazing and is good if you like mild cheese again.

Stilton - You either love it or hate it but every cheese board needs a blue cheese. I haven't really found the right blue cheese for me yet and I don't really like stilton too much, but it's just the easiest option for a budget blue cheese. Replace this with your favourite blue cheese if it's another. I am still on the hunt to find a blue cheese that I like the taste of.

Manchego - I only tried this for the first time recently and really enjoyed it even though it is quite hard an crumbly and I'm more of a soft cheese girl. It's a bit like parmesan but not as strong and you can eat it on it's own easily. I find parmesan too much to eat by itself but I love it on top of pasta!

Pair your cheeses with your favourite wine and charcuterie. I mainly drink prosecco or rose wine but there are lots of reds that go really well with cheese. I like to put different breads, biscuits and meat with my cheese, so just pick your favourite. The best thing about doing your own cheese board is that you can make it personal to you with all of your favourite things on there.

What's your favourite cheese? Let me know in the comments.

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  1. I'm a big cheese (and wine) fan myself so this was a lot of fun! My favourite all time cheese is definitely Manchego but I love a gorgonzola with sherry. Great post! :)

  2. I love cheese and wine, and I love the sound of the cheese's from Lyburn Farm! A good stilton is my fave cheese but not too much in one go. Fab post

    Nicola |

  3. It looks so good 😊. I am coming πŸƒ‍♀️πŸƒ‍♀️πŸƒ‍♀️πŸƒ‍♀️ Ahah!

  4. I’ve never had a cheese night but I think I will! Thanks for the idea!

  5. I knew I'd love this post after reading the words 'cheese' and 'wine' in the title, this post has made me want a cheese and wine night and I really fancy some camembert cheese! x

    Lucy |

  6. I love an at home cheese and wine night! A personal favourite is Black Bomber cheddar – it's super strong and a cut above some of the bland cheddars that are available.

  7. Sounds like a fun idea for an evening at home! I'm not keen on strong cheese but I do like Boursin, cheddar and Manchego cheese!

    Serena /

  8. Ahh I feel you, I would eat cheese and crackers every night, but experience has taught me that's not a good idea πŸ˜‚ I'm amazed by the amount of British cheese you can find! In shops it's mainly cheddar (2 shelves of cheddar, 1 of everything else), I guess I will have to do some research. Happy to know that you tried manchego, it's really good! If you find it, "semicurado" is less strong and you may like it better - although you may need to go to a specialised Spanish shop to find it.

    Sofia |

  9. I love cheese, but I'm not a fan of strong cheeses. I've never had a cheese night before, so this would be so fun to do!

  10. I can’t pick just one cheese. You’ve hit most of my faves. Stilton is great. Manchester is nice. And a smoked cheese, like Gouda, is great too. Nothing like a wine and cheese party!

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  12. Oh my god this is incredible and that whole board looks DELICIOUS! I love cheese too. Any cheese will do, I'm not fussed haha! I love red Leicester, blue cheese (in moderation!!) and Stilton! x

  13. That's IT! I'm coming round for a cheese night! OMG I'm literally dribbling at my screen right now. I usually have a girly wine and cheese night once a month but we never have camembert, why the hell not!? OMG, I'm starving now!


  14. Thanks for sharing, this cheese board is right up my street, I like to have local cheeses as well, they do some good ones around me :)

    Nic | Nic's Adventures & Bakes

  15. I absolutely love cheese, so this was perfect for me!


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  18. What an absolutely brilliant cheese board! You’ve hit a lot of the great cheeses. The wine will help wash it down in a good way! Great for a weekend treat, thanks for sharing,

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