Best cheese delivery boxes and subscriptions
Looking to try out the finest artisan cheeses from the UK and abroad? Browse our list of curated cheese delivery boxes and subscriptions
If you know a cheese fan, a delivery box filled with high-quality, carefully produced and lovingly curated boxes could be the most special gift. A delivery box of cheese cuts all the faff out of going to a cheese counter, finding suitable pairings (like chutneys and crackers) and doing research into which cheeses match or contrast well with one another.
In our selection, we've included cheese delivery boxes for those who prefer classic cheddar and want to try variations, super-fans of pungent cheeses, those who like European hard and soft cheeses, and those who want to explore the work of British cheesemongers. We've also sourced the best cheese gifts if you're after extra-special presents for a birthday, Christmas or a surprise gift.
We've also got plenty more foodie inspiration to enjoy at home, including the best restaurant meal kits and vegetarian meal kits, as well as vegan hampers, chocolate gifts, best gift delivery for foodies and best afternoon tea delivery.
Best cheese delivery boxes at a glance
- Best for the ultimate cheeseboard: The Perfect Picnic cheese selection, £25
- Best dinner party selection: Paxton & Whitfield’s cheese club, from £120
- Best cheese delivery for strong cheese fans: Pong Cheese, £36
- Best adventurous cheese box: cheesegeek, £36
- Best for British farmhouse cheeses: Neal’s Yard Dairy, £136
- Best cheese delivery for accompaniments: The Ethical Cheese Company, £34
- Best cheese delivery for cheddar lovers: Quicke’s, £30
- Best delivery box with European cheeses: Provisons London Cheese Canteen, £32
Best cheese delivery boxes 2022
The Perfect Picnic cheese selection
- Available from olive shop (£25)
Best for the ultimate cheeseboard
French shop and bistro Champagne + Fromage originated with a flagship store in Covent Garden, but now has various locations, including an online shop.
This brilliant-value hamper includes everything you need for the ultimate cheeseboard or picnic feast in one box. It contains a gooey camembert with earthy, buttery notes and a nice tang; a smooth blue from Auvergne (ideal if you prefer a roquefort with less salt); nutty comté; and a chewy, spiced saucisson from Maison Chillet. It really brings the best of the deli to you.
Boxes tend to arrive two days after order, but a later delivery date is available for your convenience. Plus, if you order three boxes for a tasting with friends, delivery is free.
olive shop (£25)
Paxton & Whitfield’s cheese club
- Available from Paxton & Whitfield (£120)
Best dinner party selection
Paxton & Whitfield cheese club is a monthly subscription that starts at £120 for three months. In this subscription, you'll receive four carefully selected, seasonal cheeses. When you start, you'll be able to choose when you'll receive your first box and the frequency (monthly, bimonthly or quarterly), so your subscription will suit your household and upcoming plans. On the website, you can find detailed, clear information on how to care for your cheeses, as well as how to cut your selection – all of which is particularly handy if you're just starting to get more serious about cheese tasting.
In your box, you'll also find detailed tasting notes for each of the cheeses. Members of the cheese club can also request that these fact sheets are emailed to save paper. Overall, this subscription is a great way to try a selection of cheeses you wouldn't easily find in supermarkets.
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Paxton & Whitfield (£120)
Pong Cheese Ultimate Pong box
- Available from Pong Cheese (£36)
Best cheese delivery for strong cheese fans
This box not only features Pong Cheese's best-sellers, but those that have a particularly strong aroma – giving it its ‘ultimate pong’ title. This box of cheese ‘superstars of smell’ makes a great gift, especially for fans of soft cheeses.
In the box, you'll find a selection of four British and French cheeses, including Bix, a luxurious triple-cream cheese made in Oxfordshire with pasteurised organic cow’s milk and added double cream; and Epoisses de Bourgogne AOC, a semi-soft cheese encased in a wooden box and washed in Marc de Bourgogne brandy for a powerfully spicy and almost meaty flavour. The latter is the star of the box, as it has a very strong scent.
Pong Cheese includes flavour profiles for each of the cheeses, plus general advice about caring for, serving and eating your cheeses. There's also advice on garnishes and food pairings.
cheesegeek – The Lionel
- Available from cheesegeek (£36)
Best adventurous cheese box
Cheese gourmands will love getting stuck into this adventurous cheese box. The numbered cheeses come with notes for scoring individual cheeses out of 10, so it's a fun addition to larger gatherings with friends or family. In each box, you'll receive around 600g of cheese, making it enough for up to eight adults to enjoy.
Cheesemonger and founder Edward Hancock describes himself as a "geek on a journey, a cheese escapade or pilgrimage." The company’s mission is "to make eating and exploring cheese easier and more fun. We are stripping away the intimidating cheese experts and overwhelmingly massive choices, so you can just be carefree and enjoy great cheeses."
The cheesegeek box includes a Lancashire cheese that's buttery and crumbly, a British take on an Italian Pecorino in the form of Spenwood, and a blue cheese, West Country cheddar, an Alpine cheese hybrid and herby soft cheese.
Also in the box are detailed tasting notes covering the origins, age, strength, hardness, milk type, dietary info, flavour profile and food matches for each cheese, plus the scoring cards to rate your own experience. In ours, there was also a quiz to test your cheesy knowledge.
Cheese of the Month Subscription (£136 for three months), Neal’s Yard Dairy
- Available from Neal's Yard Dairy (£136)
Best for British farmhouse cheeses
In this three-month cheese subscription from London’s Neal’s Yard Dairy, the recipient will get four chunks of intriguing, sometimes lesser-known British farmhouse cheeses each month, weighing at least 1.1kg in total – ideal for a dinner party cheeseboard.
Unique to this cheese subscription is a recorded tasting that goes along with it, so you can listen alongside your own tasting, or watch afterwards and compare notes.
Included in this box is a deeply nutty St Cera cheese, semi-soft Gubbeen cheese, raw-milk Appleby's Cheshire and buttery Cashel blue.
Neal's Yard Dairy (£136)
The Ethical Cheese Company – A Cheesy Night In
- Available from The Ethical Cheese Company (£34)
Best cheese delivery for accompaniments
Cheesemakers David and Wilma Finlay make traditional cheeses and ice creams using organic milk from their own dairy herd. They keep the calves with their mothers to suckle – the first commercial dairy in the UK to do so.
An all-vegetarian cheese box, this selection contains four raw-milk cheeses: one blue, one nutty cheese, a hard cheese and tangy, crumbly cheese.
With the delivery box, you'll get a leaflet about the ethos of The Ethical Dairy and how the milk is produced. (Tasting notes for each individual cheese are on the website.) You'll also receive Poacher’s pickle chutney, Galloway mustard and locally made artisan oatcakes.
Quicke’s cheddar tasting box (£30)
Available from Quicke's (£30)
Best cheese delivery for cheddar lovers
Whether you like strong, mild or smoked cheddars, this box has one for you. Quicke’s uses traditional recipes, time-honoured techniques and heritage starters passed down through the generations to create outstanding clothbound cheddar.
All five cheeses are matured for at least three months, creating rich, buttery cheddars with a variety of smokiness and complex flavour notes. All of the cheddars come with tasting notes, plus a useful and fun flavour wheel to help you identify the individual characteristics in each cheese, ranging from freshly cut grass to animal sweat.
Cheese Canteen, Provisions London
- Available from Provisions (£32)
Best delivery box with European cheeses
North London-based Provisions imports cheese and wine from small natural and organic producers based mainly in France and Italy, but also from across Europe. It works with organic, biodynamic and natural winemakers, raw-milk cheesemakers and other artisan producers.
Cheese Canteen will deliver a selection of five imported farmhouse cheeses matching the season in which they are sent. As Cheese Canteen focuses on European cheeses, it also wants you to share the European practice of communal eating, encouraging you to enjoy your cheese with others to discuss its characteristics and origin, based on the information it provides you on the cheeses' history and flavour profiles. Plus, each box contains 1kg cheese in total, meaning there's plenty to go around. Uniquely, this subscription also lets you adjust your box, so you can make special requests, such as no blue or goat's cheeses. You can also purchase a one-off box for £28 – ideal for events or special occasions.