Blessed are the cheesemakers. They bring to our tables a plethora of flavours from green pastures with exotic ingredients and names that make you sound educated and interesting at dinner parties if you can pronounce them properly.
The Greeks and the French are of course famous for their cheeses, especially the smelly ones, but that doesn’t make them the best by a long shot. Right here at home in the British Isles there are close to 1,000 different varieties of cheese made by independent farms and dairies, so if you are a turophile (cheese lover), our list of the best cheese subscription boxes in the UK will help you discover some of those lesser known cheeses from small producers that you won’t find at the supermarket delicatessen.
Read on to find out more about these local cheese suppliers, many of whom give you the option to choose vegetarian cheese as well as cheese made from raw milk, goat milk and sheep milk.
Ten Best Cheese Subscription Boxes in the UK
- The Cheese Geek
- The Fine Cheese Co
- The Cheese Society
- Paxton’s Cheese Club
- The Courtyard Dairy
- The Cheese Shed
- The Bath Soft Cheese
- Pong Cheese
- Neal’s Yard Dairy
- Cheese Etc.
The Cheese Geek
Best subscription for cheese lovers
The Cheese Geek subscription is the subscription for true turophiles. You get four to five different cheeses weighing 600 grams in total each month, along with information about the cheeses, pairing notes for wine and a scorecard.
The Cheese Geeks aim to give you an eclectic mix of award-winning classics along with lesser known alternatives to ensure diversity in taste and texture in each box. Sign up for a quarterly subscription and you’ll save on the cost of monthly boxes.
The Fine Cheese Co
Best seasonal cheese subscription
The Fine Cheese Co specializes in supplying quality cheeses, deli produce and sweet treats for weddings and other prestigious events. You can have three of their finest seasonal cheeses delivered to your door each month with a monthly subscription box containing around 600g of freshly cut individual cheeses, which is enough for six to eight people.
You’ll also get a pack of their own crackers to go with the cheeses, which are different each month.
The Cheese Society
Best farmhouse and artisan cheese subscription
Run by a mother and daughter team, the Cheese Society has been in business since 1997. Founder and renowned cheese award judge, Kate O’Meara, selects five 200g cuts of seasonal, artisan cheeses from the UK and the Continent for your monthly subscription.
The family of cheese lovers are always on the lookout for new and traditional cheeses to add to their subscription service. The cheeses are wrapped and packed by hand and delivered with tasting notes.
You can subscribe for a month at a time, three months, four months, six months or a year at a time.
Paxton’s Cheese Club
Best quality cheese subscription
Based in London, Paxton’s Cheese Club sports royal warrants of appointment for their generations of commitment to quality. Cheeses are chosen for the season and the cheeses are sent to subscribers by overnight courier to ensure they reach you in peak condition.
Leave the choices of cheese up to the experts. All you have to do is select from a 3-month (Bronze), 6-month (Silver), or 12-month (Gold) subscription.
The Courtyard Dairy
Best award-winning cheeses
The Courtyard Dairy specializes in selecting award-winning cheeses for their subscription boxes. Three different cheeses are featured in each monthly box – all of them previous award and medal-winning cheeses at The British Cheese Awards, World Cheese Awards and International Cheese Awards.
You’ll also learn about the seasonal selection of cheeses in detail from the accompanying article and tasting notes, plus you’ll get a free packet of crackers in the box too.
Sign up for a rolling 3-cheese monthly subscription and you can choose as many cheeses as you like with options to choose ‘no blue’, ‘no goat’, ‘gluten free’ and ‘vegetarian’.
The Cheese Shed
Best customizable cheese subscription box
You’ll find dozens of different soft and hard cheeses lining the walls of the Cheese Shed, and you’ll find it easy to customize your subscription with a few quick mouse clicks.
The cheese subscription boxes come in four sizes, starting with 3 cheeses (about 600g in total) and going up to 6 cheeses (about 1.2kg in total). The cheeses you get in the boxes will be a surprise selection but you can let them know your preferences (vegetarian, no goat, no blue, pregnancy friendly).
You can also add some zesty edibles to your subscription, including organic vintage cider, biscuits and chutney preserve and olives.
Bath Soft Cheese
Best bespoke organic cheese subscription
The five bespoke cheeses from Bath Soft Cheese are hand made using traditional methods from a small herd of 160 mainly Holstein Friesian cows on Park Farm in Somerset, where no fungicides, pesticides or artificial fertilisers are used on the land; making the cheeses totally organic.
Steeped in history, the family farm dates back to 1914 and was even known to Admiral Lord Nelson. Today the farm produces five distinct varieties of cheese: Bath Soft Cheese; Wyfe of Bath; Bath Blue; Merry Wyfe of Bath; and Extra Mature Wyfe.
You can set up a six-month subscription for home delivery or get a monthly bag delivered to your door containing your choice of their cheeses. Delivery is free in he UK.
Best artisan cheese subscription
The people at Pong Cheese want to introduce you to the best and smelliest cheeses they can find that are produced by leading independent and artisan cheese producers in the UK, plus the odd classic from Europe.
Cheeses like the ‘Oxford Blue’ and ‘Stinking Bishop’ are hallmarks of Pong Cheese, which is run by two cheese experts based in Bath, Somerset, who have even served their smelly cheeses in the House of Commons as well as supplying Waitrose and celebrity chef Jamie Oliver.
When you order from Pong Cheese you’ll get four different cheeses weighing between 50g and 200g each month.
Neal’s Yard Dairy
Best cheese subscription by weight
Most cheese subscriptions send you boxes of cheese totalling 600 grams but with a Cheese of the Month subscription from Neal’s Yard Dairy you get four different cheeses weighing at least 1.1kg in total.
Neal’s Yard Dairy specializes in providing subscribers with ‘hearty British farmhouse cheeses’ for entertaining, cooking or just having in the home as a snack that’s always on hand.
Subscribe for three, six or 12 months at a time and feel free to take part in the monthly live virtual tastings.
Best variety cheese subscription
Cheddar, soft, hard, blue, goat, sheep, smoked, smelly and flavoured are among the cheese options with a monthly subscription from Cheese Etc (The Pangbourne Cheese Shop).
Featured in the Independent’s Best Cheese Subscription Box 2020, the monthly subscription boxes contain a hand-picked selection of three or four cut and wrapped cheeses along with tasting notes. You can also send the boxes as gifts including a personal note to the recipient.
Cheese subscription boxes: The verdict
Even if you are a true turophile, there are likely some cheeses that you don’t like. Most of the subscription providers listed here recognize that by giving you the option to not receive blue cheeses or goat cheeses for example. Most subscription box suppliers also offer vegetarian cheese options.
If you’re looking for a consistent supply of the same cheeses each month, go for a subscription with Neal’s Yard Dairy. For the assurance of totally organic cheeses through your letterbox, we highly recommend the Bath Soft Cheese subscription box, as the farm is registered with Organic Farmers and Growers.
To try new cheeses from beyond the borders of Britain, you should subscribe for boxes from The Cheese Society.
If you want to discover an endless range of cheeses, occasionally leave your comfort zone and learn lots about the cheeses then we suggest you sign up for boxes from Pong Cheese or Cheese Geek and you’ll be a cheese connoisseur in no time.