Tis the season to enjoy festive cheeses

One of the great culinary joys of Christmas is sitting down with a nice glass of port and tucking into some wonderful cheeses – the stronger tasting the better as far as I’m concerned.

For most of my adult life that meant a nice chunk of Stilton, Cheddar and a Camembert or Brie as a soft cheese all served up with some crackers, chutney and pickled onions.

Stilton is by far the UK's favourite cheese at Christmas

Stilton is by far the UK’s favourite cheese at Christmas

But nowadays a whole mini industry has grown around festive cheeses as the traditional final course on Christmas Day has grown into a much more sumptuous affair, with even more tantalizing creations to tempt our taste buds.

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Behind the scenes at the world’s biggest cheese festival

I have an admission to make. I’m a cheese-aholic.

It’s one of my favourite foods and like a fine wine or quality ale I love the complex tastes and many different varieties that can be found.

My absolute favourite is a wonderful, pungent soft French goat’s cheese called Banon that comes wrapped in chestnut leaves and is so runny that it is in danger of being re-classified as a liquid.

Now that's what I call a proper cheese board

Now that’s what I call a proper cheese board

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