The best gifts for cheese lovers
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2020 has been a strange year for all of us and one which many will be pleased to see the back of. However, with Christmas just around the corner, it’s the time to put the past behind us, look to the future and end the year in style. If you have a cheese lover in your life, there’s never been better time to show them how much you care by filling their stocking with lots of cheese-related goodies to help them enjoy their favourite treat. Here is our list of the best gifts for cheese lovers this Christmas.
Cheese gifts & hampers
It’s likely that we’re going to be spending a lot of time indoors this Christmas, which gives the perfect excuse to indulge in cheese and wine next to a roaring fire, or cheeky midnight feast or a quick nibble between meals.
So, if you have a house full of cheese lovers, then stocking up before the festive season starts is your only option. You can choose from a wide range of cheese gifts and hampers, which contain a great selection of all your favourite Truckle Cheeses. If you’re not sure what to go for, our 14-inch Classic Hamper is a good place to start. It includes 200g each of our Farmhouse Mature Cheddar Truckle and Wensleydale with Lemon and Honey Truckle, along with a Cornish Charcuterie Rillette Pate, some Spicy Strawberry and Caramelised Onion Chutney and a pack of luxurious Orkney Caramelised Onion Biscuits.
If you’re looking to make a splash at the end of Christmas dinner, then our Cheese Board Offer will help you create the ultimate cheese board. Featuring a mix of our best hard, soft, blue, new and special cheeses, along with a choice of biscuits and a jar of Pineapple and Chilli Chutney, you will have everything you need for the perfect cheese course.
Our ultimate 16-inch Westminster Hamper contains a mouth-watering mix of favourites, including Farmhouse Mature Cheddar, Midsummer Blue, Baron Bigod Brie and two-year old Vintage Lancashire 'bomb' cheese, along with Orkney Caramelised Onion Biscuits, Oak Smoked Chorizo and a jar of Onion Marmalade Chutney. And if you want to customise your gift, our Selection Box of 200g cheeses will allow you to pick four of your favourites.
If you have a cheese lover in your life, the chances are they have a favourite homemade chutney to go with their favourite cheese. We’ve also got you covered on that front. We sell a wide range of irresistible fruit chutneys to really set off any cheese dish. However, if you’re not sure what to go for, then our Chutney Selection Box has something for everyone.
It comes with our new recipe Pear and Vanilla Chutney, which goes great with Cheddar Cheese, but also soft, creamy cheeses such as Blue Stilton, Blue Shropshire and Midsummer Blue. It also pairs well with pork dishes, fish and Chicken.
Our original recipe Spicy Strawberry and Caramelised Onion Chutney is made with real strawberries, not strawberry flavouring. It has a spicy kick which lends well to Indian and Moroccan dishes. And our Pineapple and Chilli Chutney gives well-balanced heat without being overpowering. It’s great on ham and cheese sandwiches and makes a good alternative to mango chutney if you’re having curry and poppadom’s.
Cheese and chutney aren’t the only things that make a good cheese board, there are plenty of other accompaniments you can add in to create to give the cheese lover in your life the ultimate experience. We offer a delicious range of handmade British rillettes and pâtés that have been sourced from the award-winning Cornish Charcuterie, in Bude. The range includes sumptuous salmon with horseradish and dill, rich pork with sloe gin, or luxurious duck with cranberries and Gran Marnier.
And what cheese board would be complete without crackers? We offer a range of premium biscuits and crackers from Orkney Bakery to add a luxury twist to your cheese dish. Choose from smoked cheese, caramelised onion or shortbread.
If hampers, chutneys or luxury biscuits aren’t your thing, then here are a few more suggestions of cheese-related goodies. There’s nothing better than a good cheese board to bring a meal to the perfect close. But, if you’ve already stocked up on your favourite cheeses, then why not invest in a high-quality board to make your presentation perfect.
Wooden cheese boards are a good common choice. They come in a range of sizes, finishes and designs to suit your taste. However, for an added touch of class, a marble, stone or slate board might be the way to go. These surfaces tend to be harder wearing and less porous than wood, so look great, last longer and don’t absorb strong odours over time, which can be transmitted back into cheese. If you take a more traditional approach to cheese and buy it by the truckle – which is where we get out name from – then a cheese trier is an essential piece of kit that will enable you to sample your favourite cheeses without breaking into the whole thing.
And finally, if you are serious about cheese, then investing in a good set of knives is a must. A soft cheese knife, or open work blade knife, has holes in the blade to keep soft cheeses from sticking to its surface.
A cheese spreader, or spatula knife, is great for getting lots of creamy, spreadable cheeses onto your favourite biscuit, bread or cracker.
A pronged cheese knife has a forked-tipped spear, which allows you to cut a piece of cheese and pick it up for serving or plating. And a classic cheddar knife has a wide, cleaver-like blade which makes it perfect for cutting through hard or semi-hard cheeses like the one from which it gets its name. Round out your knife set with a cheese scoop for soft cheeses, Parmesan knife for shaving hard cheeses and a cheese plane to get very thin slices of cheese from your block. A good knife set is the ultimate cheese lover’s tool.
For more Christmas cheese gift ideas and inspiration, browse our full range. And remember, the gift of cheese is for life, not just for Christmas!