18 Jan 16

How to create the perfect cheese board this Cheese Lovers Day!

In celebration of National Cheese Lovers Day (20th January – mark it in your diary now!), we’ve pulled together a list of must-know top tips and tricks to create a traditional English cheese board which will undoubtedly meet the cravings of a true cheese addict!

What better way to truly mark the occasion than by creating the ultimate mouth-watering cheese board to impress and entertain cheese lovers in your circle of family and friends?



When selecting the perfect cheese for your board, truly showcase a selection of mouth-watering creamy delights that feature an array of textures, flavors and aromas.

cheese board selectionMost of the cheese we know and love belong to four main categories – soft, firm, aged and blue. To really wow your guests, choose at least one tastebud tingling cheese from each category.

Here’s some super-yummy suggestions:

Soft – Camembert
Firm – Parmigiano-Reggiano
Aged – Westminster Farmer’s Reserve Cheddar (of course!)
Blue – Stilton


-Depending on the time of year, an assortment of fresh fruits such as juicy grapes and crunchy apple will work wonders in enhancing your cheese board…and dried fruit will work just as well too! Scatter some dried figs, cherries and pears around the plate for an added sweet kick!

cheese plate-Classic cured meats such as salami and prosciutto, and salty nuts such as pistachios and peanuts bring a charcuterie element to the plate and truly embrace the flavors of the cheese selection. Top tip! Why not try a slice of spicy Spanish chorizo to heat things up a bit?

-Introduce small pots of caramelized onion marmalade, apple chutney, spicy mustards, sweet preserves and of course, honey, to your cheese board for a deliciously delightful addition to your cheesy heaven. You won’t regret it!

-And last but not least, bread! Here’s your chance to really throw your cheese board into the spotlight. Offer bread sticks, crackers, baguettes (any bread that makes you happy!) in an array of textures and tastes that will completely compliment your cheese and condiment selection.


cheese board-Serving plate options – when it comes to arranging the cheese and condiments, bring in a personal touch. A lover of the outdoors? Go rustic with a chunky wooden cheese board, or perhaps you prefer something a little more modern like a strong eye-catching marble plate?

-It’s important that you remove the cheese from the fridge at least an hour before serving your cheese board – if you don’t, the cold mutes the flavor and you won’t receive that mind-blowing taste you truly deserve.

-How will your guests know which cheese is which? This is where labels are a godsend! Instead of repeating the different names of the cheese in your selection all night long, create themed labels with a little sentence about what the cheese offers.

Do you have any cheese board top tips? Let us know in the comments below. We’d love to check them out! And don’t forget to take a look at our dedicated Pinterest board for all your cheese needs! 

Featured image credit: Half Baked Harvest

Sign up to our newsletter for the latest inspiration and giveaways!

Other posts you may like


Coupon Offer – Save $1.00 on your next purchase!

4th of july competition

The Ultimate All-American Dish Contest! – Vote for your favorite dish to win!

Coopers Hill Cheese Rolling Event

Ancient English cheese traditions: Cheese Rolling on Coopers Hill

Westminster #DiscoverWestminster Competition

Competition time – Take part in our Twitter competition & #DiscoverWestminster!

Cauliflower Jalapeno Grilled Cheese Sandwich

#GrandmaMakes memories from foodie blogger – Brooklyn Farm Girl!

Westminster placeholder thumbnail

Amazing cheese recipes that will ‘WOW’ guests this Easter!

Grilled Zucchini and Corn Tostadas

A round up of our favorite foodie bloggers on Pinterest!

Grilled Corn

Entertaining top tips for Labor Day weekend!

fruit infused water

Top tips: food inspiration for eating clean!

#GrandmaMakes Competition

#GrandmaMakes – share your well-loved cheesy family recipe for a chance to win a KitchenAid & Westminster Cheddar selection!

wine and cheese

The Cheese Interviews: wine and cheese pairings with wine blogger Filivino!

Cheese Party

Hosting the ultimate wine and cheese dinner party!

Thanksgiving recipes

#GrandmaMakes Share your Thanksgiving recipes to win!

cheese board selection

How to create the perfect cheese board this Cheese Lovers Day!

Westminster Valentine's Competition

Who has #TrueCheeseLove for Westminster Cheddar Cheese? Enter our Valentine’s Day Contest!

It's Not You It's Brie Blog

The most inspirational cheese bloggers around

Festive Cheeseboard Inspiration

Cheese Board

10 top tips for stress free entertaining

15 chutney recipes to truly enhance our tasty Westminster Cheddar!

20 wonderfully eye-opening cheddar facts all cheese lovers must know!

Non-GMO Sharp Cheddar

Celebrate the launch of our new non-GMO Sharp Cheddar

zucchini lasagna

5 delightfully healthy cheese recipes!

orange cheddar

Why are some cheddars orange?

gourmet bacon macaroni cheese recipe

13 super-tasty cheddar cheese recipes to try this Spring!

Cheese Wheels

9 must-know cheese rules to live by!

banana frozen yogurt

Healthy snacks for kids: super-nutritious recipes for summertime!

Top 10 Scandalous Cheesy Snack Pairings

Top 10 Scandalous Cheesy Snack Pairings To Enjoy This SuperBowl

Scandalous Cheesy Snack Pairings

Share your most Scandalous Cheesy Snack Pairing to win!

Bacon Flag Pizza

WOW your guests with mind-blowing cheddar 4th of July recipes!

Giveaway time – win our delicious Westminster Cheddar range & a must-have cheese board!


46 mouth-watering types of cheese to inspire you from around the world

Grilled Cheese Competition

The Grilled Cheese Competition! #MyGrilledCheeseSandwich

cheese snacks

13 cheese-loaded Super Bowl snacks!

Cheesy Recipes Competition

Vote For Your Favorite Cheesy Recipe!

Grilled Cheese Contest Winner

Our Grilled Cheese Sandwich Contest Winners! #PinToWin

Halloumi Burger

13 joyous types of cheese & their seductive partners!

Westminster Giveaway

Are you a winner of our #GrandmaMakes cheese giveaway? Find out here!

International beer day

International Beer Day! The Cheese Interviews with Lakefront Brewery!

one pot lasagna recipe

23 of the best cheese dishes you’ll ever taste!


Discover daily life on the farm

11 reasons why we adore cheddar!

halloween jalapenos

Super-spooky Halloween recipes with cheese!

summer on the farm

Summer on The Farm!

Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Cheese Contest Time! – What’s your Favourite Grilled Cheese Recipe? #PintoWIN!

Westminster Pinterest

Follow us on Pinterest for AMAZING cheese inspiration!