3 March 2016
March Cheese Boards

Every month we sit down with the cheesemongers in the Cheese Room and – bearing in mind what has been eating especially well and in season – select four cheese boards. Ideal for parties of four to six (or a week's worth of snacking cheese in the fridge) we include a packet of our own label biscuits with each board, as well as a straw mat for tasting, making it as simple as opening the box and unwrapping the cheese. Ideal as a gift, you can add gift wrapping, wines, extra cheese and charcuterie to build the perfect box.

March French Board, £50

March French Board, £50

With spring on approach we're keeping things lighter for the French Board. Rouelle, from Tarn, is lactic and smooth with bright acidity; keeping things rich and edgy is Brillat Savarin, with its creme fraiche notes; Haut Barry, a sheep's milk tomme from Larzac, is the gentlest of our ewe's tommes – nutty, sweet and elegant; Butte des Dunes, of Pas-de-Calais, is a unique beer-washed variety, subtler and milder than most washed rinds; and we finish with Regalis, with its Roquefort-like creaminess and silky confectionary sweetness. A delight.

March Italian Board, £45

March Italian Board, £45

For March in Italy we go supple and creamy. Piedmont's Bocconcini di Capra is a gorgeous little drum of springy textured sweet goat's cheese; Carboncino, a creamy mixed milk from Piedmont, melts in the mouth and finishes with earthy perfume; Provolone del Monaco, an ancient cheese from Naples, is yeasty and spicy with an irresistibly chewy texture; Taleggio di Val Brembana, Bergamo's quintessential washed rind, is sappy and moreish with undertones of freshly baked bread; Gorgonzola Dolce Cremificato is lovely this month – sweet, sumptuous & decadent.

March Cheesemonger's Board, £45

March Cheesemonger's Board, £45

This month our cheesemongers selected some bright and herbaceous examples from around Europe. Prefailles, from Pays Nantais, is a springy goat's cheese tomme coated in herbs and garrigue; Margalet, from Aveyron, follows with sweet lactic and softly nutty notes; Salamanca's Curado Reserva is brittle with flavours of toasted nuts and lanolin edginess from the sheep's milk; Langres, a classic Champagne washed rind, is oozing and sharp, with a lovely balance of acidity; we finish with Beenleigh Blue, from Devon, which has been tasting amazing lately – yoghurty and delectably sweet, with just the right spice in the blue veining.

March British Board, £50

March British Board, £50

With spring on approach we wanted to steer away from cow's milk. So we begin with Ryefield, County Tyrone's fresh goat's cheese, crumbly and brittle with citrusy pasture notes; Sharpham Goat Brie, from Devon, keeps things extremely creamy with the addition of some Jersey cream; Berkswell, a modern classic ewe's cheese, has that toasted edge one looks for in a sheep's tomme; Nuns of Caen, a washed rind from Gloucestershire, strikes a lovely balance between the lactic curds and aromatic fruity rind; Beauvale, our lone cow's cheese on the board, models itself on the Italian great, Gorgonzola Dolce, whilst forging its own identity.

 

 

If you have a dinner party or a get-together on the horizon and don't want to forget the cheese board,
fill in your future delivery date at checkout and we will remember it for you, stress free.

With each board we carefully select regional red or white pairing wines as additions, as well as gift wrapping and extra cheese. Delivery outside London is always next day at £10; within London we offer same day at £12; and if you're in the neighborhood, select Marylebone W1 In-Store Collection, free of charge, and pick it up at your convenience.