How to: pair cheese

Clare Jackson of Slate, a specialist cheese retailer and delicatessen in Aldeburgh, walks us through her ultimate cheese pairing suggestions

Blue: Blue cheeses are wonderfully enhanced by a touch of sweetness to cut through their tangy, metallic taste. We love walnuts and a drizzle of honey with blue cheeses such as Gorgonzola and Cropwell Bishop Stilton sits well on traditional Scottish oatcakes.

Hard: Hard cheese like Lincolnshire Poacher taste amazing with walnuts and freshly sliced apples. Fruit cheese is also a brilliant accompaniment – we source 'loaves' of fruit cheese to display in our cheese counter and serve in slices.

Soft: You can't beat a classic cracker such as Peter's Yard Original Crispbread with a dollop of our homemade Chilli Jam. Our local soft cheese Baron Bigod is phenomenal served like this.

Washed Rind: The strong flavour of these cheeses needs something crisp to accompany it, we recommend a crisp Sauvignon Blanc to go with our washed rind cheese of local origins St Cera.

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