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Katie Joseph, fresh food and deli buyer at Fortnum & Mason, shares the secrets behind putting together a delicious festive spread

‘The perfect cheese board is formed of four cheeses: a hard, a soft, a blue, and a goatโ€™s. You can determine the cheeses by country; if you want a British board, for example, I would recommend Isle of Mull cheddar, Tunworth soft cheese, Colston Bassett blue and Dorstone goatโ€™s cheese. As a general rule, I would recommend 25g of each cheese per person, and would pair it with an English quince cheese or membrillo, with some grapes for a bit of added freshness. The Fortnumโ€™s Caramelised Red Onion Marmalade also makes a lovely addition to the board, as well as the All Butter Crackers that we have recently launched.’ Katie Joseph, fresh food and deli buyer at Fortnum & Mason.


Hard cheeses such as cheddar and parmesan can keep unopened for up to four months in the fridge. Be prepared ahead of time and stock up early.

Visit The Royal Exchange Fortnum & Mason boutique to discover food and drink groceries and gifts that are sure to enhanceย your festive celebrations.