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The best Christmas cheese hampers for 2020

Tracey Colley from the Academy of Cheese selects her favourite cheese hampers for gifting or enjoying at home this year.

British cheesemakers have been hit hard by the pandemic this year, with many forced to throw away stock. The industry responded by hosting online festivals and tasting events, as well as launching delivery boxes. But, they still need help.

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Buying a cheese hamper filled with treats from UK producers is a great way to support them this Christmas – whether it’s intended for someone else or to treat yourself with.

Either way, the festive season is a perfect excuse – as if we needed one – for exploring what this isle has to offer in the way of cheese.

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Best cheese hampers to buy

500 Years of British Cheese hamper

This selection honours our past, and helps us feel excited about the future. Eat cheese history with five that will take you from the 17th century to today: a recently rediscovered cow’s milk cheese that’s thought to predate cheddar; a creamy, traditionally made stilton with roots in the 18th century; a classic, 19th century-style caerphilly; a buttery soft cheese created in 20th century and a modern, complex goat’s cheese.

Available from The Fine Cheese Co (£40)

Strictly Cheese Night hamper

Paxton and Whitfield cheese hamper

Great fun for an evening with family or friends, this hamper contains four premium cheeses, plus tasting notes and scorecards, so everyone can rate them on texture, looks and taste. The ultimate at-home cheese tasting experience, for between four and six people.

Available from Paxton and Whitfield (£40)

The Cheesemonger’s Christmas Tasting Selection

Neals Yard Dairy cheese hamper

Experts at Neal’s Yard Dairy offer a virtual tasting session to watch as you tuck into this box of five of their favourite artisan British cheeses: Baron Bigod, Pitchfork cheddar, Appleby’s Cheshire, St Jude, and Berkswell. The hamper also includes crackers, tasting notes and pairing suggestions.

Available from Neal’s Yard (£50)

The Union Jack cheese box

Union Jack cheese box

Enjoy four fabulous British cheeses in this red, white and blue-themed gift hamper. There’s Lincolnshire Red, which is a spin on the traditional red leicester; Stichelton Blue, a tangy veined cheese made in Nottinghamshire; Baron Bigod, a brie-style number made with raw milk; and Vintage Lincolnshire Poacher, which is designed to be a cross between mature cheddar and a comté.

Available from Lincolnshire Poacher Cheese (£34)

Christmas Cheese Selection

Courtyard Dairy cheese hamper

Curated by cheese guru and owner of The Courtyard Dairy, Andy Swinscoe, this selection of five cheeses celebrates the best of Britain. It includes St Andrew’s cheddar, Dorstone goat’s cheese, buttery Kirkham’s Lancashire, mellow Sparkenhoe Blue and Tunworth, a Camembert-style cheese. That’s as well as a Spanish-made quince paste to enjoy alongside.

Available from The Courtyard Dairy (£41.95)

Ultimate Cheesemaker’s Box

Blue stilton cheese hamper

A great shout for stilton-lovers, this box from Cropwell Bishop Creamery has plenty of blues. Included is 300g each of classic stilton, Blue Shropshire, Beauvale and cheddar, as well as Tracklements beetroot and horseradish relish and Peter’s Yard sourdough crackers.

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Available from Cropwell Bishop (£25)

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