John Bridgeman is at the helm of our menu development. Having worked at Michelin star restaurants, he is responsible for all things food related along with creating the seasonal menus for brighterkind.
Here are John’s ‘go to’ cheeses for a very special Christmas Cheeseboard:
• Lincolnshire Poacher
• Shropshire Blue
• Fine Fettle Yorkshire
• Buxton Blue
• Stinking Bishop
• Dorset Blue Vinney
"The festive cheeseboard can offer a little something for everyone and be a feast for the eyes as well as tempting to nibble."
We’ve put together some ideas for your festive cheeseboard, all sourced from here in the UK.
1. Morangie Brie
Scotsman Rory Stone makes this brie at Biarliath Farm in Tain, in the Highlands of Scotland. Soft and creamy with hints of mushroom.
2. Godminster Organic Vintage Waxed Cheddar
Made in the heart of Somerset, the cheese is aged for up to 12 months. This award winning cheese is perfect with chutney and crackers.
3. Lincolnshire Poacher - John’s Choice
Matured for up to 16 months, this hard cheese has a full flavour and is particularly good with a little taste of Amber Ale.
4. Shropshire Blue - John’s Choice
This creamy blue cheese is a cross between a stilton and a crumbly Cheshire. Delicious!
5. Sussex Charmer
From Rudgwick in West Sussex, Sussex Charmer brings the zing of Italian hard cheese together with the creaminess of a farmhouse cheddar.
6. Cornish Yarg
Foraged nettles wrap and provide a natural rind for this Cornish cheese. With slight mushroom flavours, this semi hard cheese is slightly crumbly.
7. Yorkshire Blue
Launched in 1995, this was the first blue cheese to be made in Yorkshire for 30 years and is made with milk from proud Yorkshire cows. Mild and sweet, this award winning cheese is an ideal introduction to blue cheese.
8. Rosary Garlic and Herb Goats Milk Button
Made in the New Forest by a husband and wife team, this cheese is handmade and decorated. It has a light mousse texture with a taste of fresh garlic and herb.
9. Applewood - John’s Choice
This smoked, creamy cheddar is delicious if you like a strong flavour. From the West Country of course and perfect for nibbling!
What to drink alongside your cheese selection?
Port is a great option due to its sweet richness. If port isn’t your tipple, why not try one of these Amber Ale’s instead...
• Lancaster Amber brewed in Lancaster
• Gem Amber Ale brewed in Warmley
• Pure Ubu brewed in Warwickshire
For more festive inspiration, click here to view our 2021 Christmas Magazine