The Cheese Boutique: Review & Competition (Closed)

I adore good cheese!

But living in the suburban wilderness that is London’s zone 4, I rarely make the trek down to favourite cheese shops La Cave a Fromage and Paxton & Whitfield. I can buy good cheese from Waitrose, and they do a better job of selecting and caring for it than other supermarkets, but being able to order exactly what I want and have it arrive in peak condition is a joy. I have previously reviewed and enjoyed products from online cheese monger, Pong Cheese.

When The Cheese Boutique approached me suggesting I review their online cheese shop recently, I was happy to oblige.

The Cheese Boutique is a family business established by a family who fell in love with France and its cheese. I empathise! Today, their range encompasses cheeses from Spain and Italy, as well as France.

When I buy multiple cheeses to enjoy in a single sitting, I try and balance my choices. So, using the classic formula for a cheeseboard, I chose one soft, one hard, one blue and one goat’s cheese. I also added a cheeky fifth cheese that I just couldn’t resist.

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The cheeses arrived well protected in a spacious and well-insulated box. An ice pack kept them cool for the journey, and I think they’d have been fine for a few hours sat outside my house or with the neighbours, had I not been in to accept delivery. The individual cheeses were wrapped in waxed paper, although over-zealous use of sellotape meant they were difficult to open without ripping the paper, which is best kept to wrap leftovers.


The cheeses were in superb condition, and I particularly appreciated that all were sent to me ripe and ready to eat. Previously, I’ve bought cheeseboards where one cheese is so ripe it needs to be eaten straight away, and another is several days away from being at its best.




A blue cheese from Northern Spain, this cheese can either be made wholly from unpasteurised cow’s milk or, more traditionally, from a blend of cow’s, goat’s and sheep’s milk, which gives the cheese a more pungent flavour. It has a soft grey rind around a creamy centre heavily veined with blue.

Certainly, this is the first blue I’ve found that is almost too strong for me!

The flavour was very intense, almost like chilli in its piquancy. For me, the texture had a slight graininess to it which I didn’t like and the cheese also made my mouth feel intensely dry and furry. Pete enjoyed both texture and flavour more, but did also experience the strange furring of the mouth. I’m used the rest in cooking, and the robust flavour worked very well indeed. Definitely one to try for those who love kick arse cheese!




Described as a dense and creamy hard cheese, this is a pressed, cooked cow’s milk cheese made in the Haute-Savoie region of France. It was originally known as French Gruyère, but now that the Gruyère name is protected by AOC status and thereby restricted to cheese made in Switzerland, this cheese has been renamed for a local village.

I found it much softer than expected. Perhaps it gets harder with age, in which case I’d love to try an older sample. The flavour was slightly sweet, but balanced by saltiness. It was very pleasant but a little mild for my tastes.


Tomme Georgelet Cendrée


This Tomme Cendrée is created by cheesemaker Paul Georgelet, in the Poitou-Charentes region of France. Made with unpasteurised goat’s milk, ash and salt are added to the rind to encourage the growth of the distinctive mould.

This soft goat’s cheese was beautifully ripe on delivery, oozing softly at the edges nearest the rind and smooth and creamy all the way through. The taste was good and strong, but beautifully balanced, especially for those of us who always eat the rind too. This one was my favourite in the selection.


Brie de Meaux Dongé AOC


Brie de Meaux is a soft, white bloom rind cheese made in the Ile-de-France from unpasteurised cow’s milk. This one is produced by the Fromagerie Dongé.

Like the other cheeses, this arrived nicely ripe and was full of flavour. Heady with that typical mushroom aroma, it was creamy and buttery in texture, with a fabulous full flavour. If you think of Brie as an insipid cheese, you’ve been eating too many cheap, mass-produced versions. This is how Brie should be!


Brillat-Savarin aux Truffes


Named for 18th century French gourmet and political commentator Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin, Brillat-Savarin cheese is a very soft, triple cream cheese commonly enjoyed young and fresh. This version has a thin layer of black truffles through the centre. This young, no rind has developed, though you can buy aged Brillat-Savarin which has a white bloom rind.

Although the flavour of truffles came through only subtly, the cheese itself was delicious; delicate, so soft it was spreadable and richly creamy, it was Pete’s favourite of the lot.

In summary, these were five excellent cheeses delivered in great condition.

Delivery is a touch pricy at £6.99 to UK mainland addresses, though as the website explains, the “delivery charges are set to cover our costs – we do not make any profit from delivery. We could choose to lower the charges but it would mean an increase in cheese prices therefore we would prefer to be honest and open about the full cost of delivery and keep the prices of cheese just that – the price of the cheese alone“. And, yes, prices for the cheese are pretty reasonable when compared like for like to other retailers.




As a rather lovely ode to my cheese love, The Cheese Boutique have set up a Kavey Eats Cheese Box, available to buy on their website. We decided to switch out the Margeriaz for Ossau Iraty, a favourite of mine with a more robust flavour.

So the selection contains Cabrales, Ossau Iraty, Tomme Georgelet Cendrée, Brie de Meaux Dongé AOC and Brillat-Savarin aux Truffes.

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For our competition prize, one winner will receive a Kavey Eats Cheese Box, and The Cheese Boutique are also including a lovely wooden cheese board, as shown in the picture above. This prize includes delivery to any UK mainland address.



You can enter the competition in 2 ways:

Entry 1 – Blog Comment
Leave a comment below, answering the following question:
Which cheeses will be on your cheeseboard this Christmas?

Entry 2 – Twitter
Follow @KaveyF and @TheCheeseBoutiq on twitter. Existing followers are, of course, welcome to enter!
Then tweet the (exact) sentence below. You don’t need to leave a blog comment about your tweet.
I’d love to win a cheeeboard from @TheCheeseBoutiq and Kavey Eats! #KaveyEatsCheeseboard



  • The deadline for entries is midnight GMT Monday 3rd December 2012.
  • Kavey Eats reserves the right to alter the closing date of the competition. Changes to the closing date, if they occur, will be shown on this page.
  • The winner will be selected from all valid entries using a random number generator.
  • Entry instructions form part of the terms and conditions.
  • Where prizes are to be provided by a third party, Kavey Eats accepts no responsibility for the acts or defaults of that third party.
  • The prize is a selection of cheeses and a wooden cheese board, as detailed above, and includes delivery to any UK mainland address.
  • The prize cannot be redeemed for a cash value.
  • The prizes is offered and provided by The Cheese Boutique.
  • One blog entry per person only. One Twitter entry per person only. You do not have to enter both ways for your entries to be valid.
  • For twitter entries, winners must be following @KaveyF and @TheCheeseBoutiq at the time of notification, as this will be sent by Direct Message.
  • Blog comment entries must provide a valid email address for contacting the winner.
  • The winners will be notified by email or twitter (for twitter entries). If no response is received within 7 days of notification, the prize will be forfeit and a new winner will be picked and contacted.

This competition is closed. The winner is Kirstine Meredith.

Kavey Eats received a review sample of cheeses from The Cheese Boutique.

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155 Comments to "The Cheese Boutique: Review & Competition (Closed)"

  1. Thunderstorm Bun

    Probably a nice aged Gruyere, smoked Gubbeen (yes, I know that’s two hard cheeses, I’m not a soft cheese person), a Valencay, and a blue I’m desperately trying to remember the name of… will come back! Gosh – I like more flavour in my cheese than I thought!

    Thunderstorm Bun

    I THINK it was a Harbourne Blue – only blue goat’s cheese made in Britain.

    (If this comment stuffs up your random number generator, just delete or treat as appropriate).

  2. steve

    My cheese board this year will have crumbly Lancashire cheese which is just right for cream crackers and pickled onions. A little blue cheese probably Roquefort to go with a glass of port for the adults. There is likely to be some haloumi to serve breaded and fried with a chilli dip which we discovered on holiday. We will have some cheddar as it’s a favourite of the children and grandchildren. To finish off a yet undecided cheese with something in like chilli , branston, garlic or something to get you talking.

  3. Alicia (foodycat)

    I don’t often do a cheeseboard, I am more inclined towards just one good cheese. A lovely runny Brie or a proper bit of cheddar or stichelton. I don’t do a selection because I can’t be trusted around them!

  4. Karin

    So, there’s not going to be a cheeseboard for our Christmas dinner. A few years ago we made the decision to switch from traditional food (sauerkraut, sausages, speck as I’m from Austria) to Raclette!
    No need for a cheeseboard as most of the food we’ll be consuming will be melted cheese 😉
    As I’ll be heading over to Austria for Christmas, there’ll be easy access to great Swiss Raclette cheese. Bring on the melted cheese!

  5. Maddy

    Definitely manchego (my absolute favourite) and probably some aged pecarino, then brie and all the classics.

  6. Lindsay

    Definitely a really stinky blue. The cabrales looks right up my street. I would be tempted to have a soft sheeps like slipcote. A milder, soft blue.. Some Berkswell. And the truffley one is something I would love to try. And really farmyardy goats. Preferably in ash. Yum. I always get over excited by the cheese trolley, eat the blues first as they are my fave and something I don’t have at home ( a conscious effort to avoid gluttony). Then I realise that my palate is buggered and I can only taste blue for the rest of the course!

  7. Jude

    My Christmas cheese will be a nice tangy Swaledale, a runny Brie, Binham Blue from a village I know in Norfolk and some Stinking Bishop because it is totally fab. I love the look of all those you tried Kavey.

  8. Mary Ann Wilson

    On my table will be good old Lancashire cheese for the children, OH likes his Danish Blue, and I love Edam and Brie. Nothing fancy but we love them.

  9. Choclette

    I shall be away for Christmas, but if I was at home it would be Cornish Blue, St Endellion Brie and Cornish Gouda and maybe Allet too (a Cornish goat’s cheese).

  10. Gill Bland

    Definitely a stilton as I have leicedtershire relatives. I recently tried a lovely fig-wensleydale and lancashire bomber hard cheese which were great, but I do love a good goat’s cheese too.

  11. Miss Whiplash

    We generally are forced to steer clear of having cheese in the house, as I pretty much can’t help just eating it, so I am SO looking forward to December and Christmas when it’s totally legitimate to eat as much cheese as I can 🙂

    In that vein, I think it’s clear (and anyone who’s been round here for previous Christmasses will vouch) that we will be having as many cheeses as will fit in the fridge on out Christmas cheese board.
    Definitely an enormous round of Stilton, something like a Comte and something squishy like a Vacherin. And more – lots lots more.
    Yum – my mouth is actually watering.

    That blue looks amazing, by the way – I’m definitely going to have to look that one up…

  12. Sandi

    A Lincolnshire Poacher, a brie, a Manchego, cheddar and something we randomly pick as we like the look of it.

  13. NickyB

    My cheeseboard would have my perenial favourite Blacksticks Blue, a Persian feta (had in Australia, can’t seem to source it here), Hereford Hop (oh lordie, this stuff is so good it’s making my mouth water just thinking about it), Northumberland Cheese Co’s Elsdon (delicate and delicious – and I can almost see the place they make it from my house) – and finally a brie of some description, though most of them are so tough and chalky, how do I source a decent, ripe one …. oh yes The Cheese Boutique!! I love cheese.

  14. Chaundra

    Wow! Good to know about another great cheese shop. Will keep them on my list next time we do raclette.

    as for Which cheeses will be on your cheeseboard this Christmas?
    It’s a funny thing, because until I moved to Europe, I never knew cheese boards, so it’s not usually a part of my family’s traditional Christmas feast.

    That said, one of the best traditions we’ve gotten from Stephen’s family is raclette-style dinner with veggies & cured meats over potatoes. We usually do one every Christmas Eve. Our usual selection includes:
    – a raclette, gruyere or emmental
    – a tomme or compte
    – a blue, I particularly like bleau d’auvergne or stilton

    Then if I were choosing from The Cheese Boutique’s selection, I would add a few new ones (to us):
    – Fondal Adostano
    – Pardou Arriou Brebis Chévre

  15. Maxine

    too many choices! I do love a tangy goat’s cheese, alongside a rich, sharp blue and an oozy stinky soft cheese … the cheese boutique looks lovely and is definitely making me hungry!

  16. Livvy P

    Definitely a black bomber (or seven) on my cheese board this year, along with old favourites with a twist: so a great goat’s cheese, a heady blue, and some really pungent Camembert — but with the exception of the black bomber that I can’t resist, they’ll all be new cheeses we haven’t tried before — I’m going to be adventurous this year, and move away from what I already know and love!


  17. Deb

    Can’t beat a good stilton at Christmas. Love a good blue goats cheese and a nice smelly Brie.
    For non blue/smelly cheese I am looking for something different this year so will be investigating

  18. Jane Willis

    We’ve got people coming from France for Christmas, so I’m going to show them who’s the real top dog country when it comes to cheese! I’ll be showcasing a selection of local artisan cheeses from Hampshire including Tunworth and a couple of Loosehanger ones – not decided which but they do a lovely cumin seed one. It depends which look good when I’m shopping! There will be a really good Cheddar and a Stilton of course, and maybe Yarg to reflect the family connection to Cornwall.

  19. Amanda Borley

    I love cheese so will have a good selection.

    Something mild a cheddar maybe. A blue stilton, some cornish yarg. Then some Mexicana for a bit of bite. Some Brie, and something smoked. Not forgetting lots of crackers, grapes and chutney

  20. Hazel Rea

    My favourite cheeses are Brie and Wensleydale, my husband likes a strong Cheddar, my daughter likes Yarg.

  21. Laura Caraher

    I will be having some Brie De Mieux, either Gorgonzola or Dochelatte, nice mature cheddar, Wensydale with cranberries and no doubt will be adding other cheeses after a trip to my local deli.

    Fab review of the cheeses and competition 🙂


    A good selection avoiding, blue cheese, from Waitrose, is our families favourite, and a couple of Wyke farms, lovely vintage cheddar, a sure success

  23. Mamta

    Good review Kav, tempting :-). I am wondering whether to order a box or not, just worried about the calories! May be for Christmas lunch.
    Good luck to those entering the competition.

  24. Lynne

    What a fabulous selection Kavey!!

    I am in love with triple cream cheeses at the moment, so that Brillat Savarin is one I must find and try.

    Otherwise, my standard cheese board is a blue (Stichelton this year), a cheddar (either Keens or Montgomery- I like very flinty cheddar) a triple cream of some description and a tasty continental … I am thinking possibly a Tomme de Montagne would give a softness that is missing in the first two, but still have a nice bite to it.

    Add some Peter’s Yard crispbreads, some home made bread and some crunchy celery and that is Christmas teatime sorted!

  25. LauraHarris

    Decisions, decisions! Hmm…….Cornish Cruncher, Blacksticks Blue, Manchego, Dorset Red (a smoked cheese) and a Wensleydale with chives or cranberries……..mmmmm, I LOVE cheese!

  26. Rhoda K

    Oooh good question! Camembert will definitely be on there, a nice Brie too. I do like Port Salut. Hubby is a Manchego fan so that would have to be included!

  27. Brigitte Leprince

    I will have Stilton, Camembert, Boursin, Extra Mature English Cheddar,Docellatte,Bavarian Smoked & probably some ripe Brie but I just love cheese so it may not stop there – Maybe some chilli Edam too!

  28. Lisa Parker

    Smoked Applewood, Roule, Camembert, Stilton, Cheddar with Cranberries, Soft cheese and finally Double Gloucester will be gracing our cheese board this year.

  29. Jim Milligan

    I love Cuddys Cave, together with a soft french goats chees eand the traditional Blue Stilton

  30. Rachael G

    We’ll be having a good mature cheddar, a red leicester, mexicana, brie and applewood cheddar. Yum!

  31. Catherine Sinead Mary Reynolds

    I will get the cheapest cheeses from Waitrose as I am trying to save money and they have a good selection of fruit cheeses and Brie..:)

  32. liz denial

    my favourite is wensleydale with cranberries but I love to visit Hartington in the Derbyshire Dales where there’s a lovely little cheese factory which has the most amazing choice

  33. Julie Booth

    A strong ripe Blue Stilton, a good hard Manchego, a French Brie, a soft cheese with herbs and garlic and a crumbly cheshire cheese, oh.. and a white stilton with cranberries 🙂

  34. Annie T

    A brie de meaux, a stilton, and to please my dear husband a really good cheddar. If I can get hold of a piece of manchego we’ll have that too. And maybe some Lancashire or Wensleydale to go with the Christmas cake.

  35. Hazel Wright

    I’m looking forward to the Christmas cheese as much as my curry Christmas dinner! I’ll be getting a blue stilton, some mature cheddar, something smoked, brie, wensleydale with cranberrys and a garlic and herb boursin and anything else that catches my eye when I’m shopping!

  36. John Tingay

    The staples will be a Wensleydale with cranberry and a blue Stilton or Shropshire, along with 2 or 3 that I have never tried or heard of before – which is the whole point of a cheeseboard by my reckoning! A good Christmas cake will be there, and if I’m really lucky, then this year there will be Cabrales, Ossau Iraty, Tomme Georgelet Cendrée, Brie de Meaux Dongé AOC and Brillat-Savarin aux Truffes!

  37. Paul Rogers

    Shropshire Blue, Red Leicester (for my Mum), White Stilton with Cranberries, a nice fresh Brie (I’m going I am getting hungry!!)

  38. Hannah Wilding

    Shropshire blue, mild and strong cheddar, boursin or le roule and some good old stilton

  39. andrea miles

    we bought a load of artisan cheeses at the Great British Cheese Festival so we’re having those

  40. Kirstine Meredith

    Definitely a Wensleydale with a hint of cranberries or apricots. Stilton, Brie, Edam and a good Red Leicester and Mature Cheddar. With some fancy crackers and a glass of white wine. Happy Christmas to one and all!

  41. Kim Winter

    I will be serving a mixture of mild & mature cheddars,wenslydales with different fruits in,stiltons and brie!

  42. Barrie Phillips

    Wensleydale,Stilton, Brie, Edam,Smoked Applewood, Roule, Camembert and Lancashire.

  43. Sarah

    On my cheeseboard this Christmas will be my favourites IOW Blue, IOW Soft and a new Blue Cheshire I’m looking forward to trying as well as the regulars to keep everyone happy – Brie, Camembert, Stilton and a mature Cheddar.

  44. caroline Johnson

    Edam, Emmental, French Brie, Blue Stilton, Wensleydale & Cranberry, Mature Cheddar, Cheddar & walnuts, Goats cheese, Selection of savoury biscuits including wholewheat, fruit crunch. grapes, pickles and chutneys. Yummy!

  45. Emma Craven

    Some aged Gruyere, brie de meaux, roquefort (if I could afford it!), goat’s log and Westcombe cheddar

  46. jo munn

    A really gooey and smelly ripe camembert, wensleydale with cranberries, a strong blue decide when buying, and a couple of random that sounds nice choices. I like variety and my 4 year old seems to love all cheese except emmental (which i can fully understand).

  47. Emma Jackson

    Always a blue cheese because I love it, a crumbly cheese and a soft cheese. I don’t usually pick until I buy them and get what looks particulary good that day x

  48. Peter Gilby

    A mix for me
    Some Strong Stilton and some Brie with a mix of cheddars and a nice smelly Camembert

  49. k dunn

    some brie, smoked applewood, edam, red leister with chives, chaumes (seriously yummy) and cheddar for the kids!

  50. cecelia Allen

    Always a mature Cheddar, Brie, Danish blue, Roule, Stilton flavoured with Christmas cake and Stilton with lemon & lime. The flavoured stilton has been one of my Christmas table traditions for many years

  51. Caroline Scott

    Manchego for my dad, emmental for my husband, lancashire crumbly for my grandad, camembert for my stepmum and the crucnhy one from M&S for me (I can never remember its name but it is gorgeous) with a big box of mixed crackers, some sliced pear and some grapes. Yummy

  52. Nikki L

    So hard to choose! I’ll choose by a visit to the deli and a little taste session 🙂
    The only definites are a nice baked camembert with crusty bread to dip for supper on Christmas eve (family tradition) and brie as my 2 boys love it!

  53. Barbara Bunning

    I would have Chevre, Brie (probably Brie de Meaux if i can get hold of it), Camembert, Montgomery’s Cheddar and Stilton

  54. Siobhan Williams

    Brie, the smelliest blue cheese I can find and Boursin to keep the kids happy (they don’t like smelly cheese!)

  55. Anna Stickland

    I will be having Stilton, Brie, Shropshire Blue, Mature Cheddar, Wensleydale with cranberries, Caerphilly and Goats cheese all with loads of crackers, butter, grapes and chutneys! I can’t wait 🙂

  56. Kelly Hooper

    Im afraid im not very adventurous, it will be a bit of cheddar, some brie and a few baby bells for the kids 😉

  57. Jackie ONeill

    Shropshire Blue, French Brie, Camembert and for the kids who love ‘baby cheeses’ at Christmas I will throw in some babybels!

  58. EIRWEN

    My cheese board will be a selection of britains award winning cheeses,
    Dorstone an unpasteurised goats cheese from Herefordshire
    Golden Cenarth a gorgeous welsh Pasteurised Organic
    Tunworth a pasteurised cows cheese with a hint of a fruity tang
    Appleby’s Cheshire,a crumbly cheese

  59. toni quandt

    would have to be good old cheddar and stilton with wensleydale and grapes and some nice crackers and biscuits to feast on!!!!!!

  60. Tim Bain

    I have no idea. I have yet to go shopping for cheese, and I will definitely bag some Crumbly Lancashire, Mature Cheddar and Stilton…then I’ll spot something I’ve never tasted before and get carried away. 🙂
    I’m lucky to have a really good cheese shop near me. I pity those reliant on supermarkets …they miss that awesome smell 🙂

  61. Karina Braekkan

    A good tangy cheddar, some brie, and something festive like Wensleydale and Cranberry. Perhaps some Boursin too.

  62. Gemma Clark

    French Brie, Mature Cheddar, Goats cheese, Gorgonzola, Stilton, Crackers, grapes and red onion Marmalade 🙂

  63. Tina Hector

    Well i never used to like im new to it all..i found love for it now so will have a chunk of anything i get my hands on, i love soft cheeses tho, with garlic!

  64. Sheelagh Thompson

    Edam, Roquefort and Roule – yummy! Morrisons also have a Mexican cheese with chilli, so that one as well.

  65. Joanne Crosby

    I tend to buy cheeses which are on offer at the time but, due to the current economic climate, the cheeseboard might be giving christmas a miss this year 🙁

  66. Amy Collins

    My dad and I are huge cheese loves so always do a lovely cheese board at Christmas.
    This normally includes a good brie, stilton and cheddar.
    We try to get a Comte and Rocamadour but they can sometimes be hard to find!

    My favourite is Inverloch Pasteurised goats cheese from Isle of Gigha is Scotland.

  67. Gary Martindale

    My cheeseboard would include a nice piece of smoked cheese, Farmhouse Lancashire and a piece of stilton.

  68. Jo Kelly

    Mmmm, cheese!! I will have cheddar, Brie, Stilton, Danish blue, Lancashire Crumbly & Cheshire!

  69. Rebecca John

    My cheese board will have Gorgonzola, Applewood Smoked Cheddar, Gouda, Cheddar and some crumbly Caerphilly

  70. Bernie

    My cheese board will have Strong Cheddar, a mild cheddar (for the kids), Stilton, Brie, edam plus any interesting ones we find in the farmers market!!

  71. Christine Constable

    My family are originally from the Melton Mowbray area, so there has to be a Blue Stilton. We normally also have a mature Brie, then a harder cheese, such as Comte. After that, it’s whatever takes our fancy when out shopping.

  72. Shirley Harpley

    Stilton for my hubby, Mature Cheddar for my two eldest sons, Wensleydale with apricots for me and a couple of cheese spread triangles for my 9 year old!

  73. ClairejB

    There will be a nice smoked cheddar, stilton and apricot, Boursin with garlic and herbs and maybe a Spicy Mexican cheese. I do love cheese (prefer it to chocolate actually!).

  74. Christine Fridlington

    Aside from the usual Cheddar, Cheshire, Red Leicester, I have recently discovered a delicious Wensleydale cheese that contains cranberries, which seems perfect for Christmas.

  75. Kate Rose

    Manchego, Wild Garlic Yarg, Blacksticks Blue, Suffolk Gold, Cropwell Bishop Stilton and some Brie. Random but covers all our favourites 🙂

  76. Renate Kriegler Edwards

    It always starts off with Gruyère, then Manchego and some raw goats cheese…


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