The 12 best cheese serving platters - finish your entertaining in style

The 12 best cheese serving platters are the perfect finishing touch - an elegant way to end your entertaining in style

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Cheese serving platters are handy items to have in your kitchen and dining kit. Whether you like to host and entertain friends and family, or nibble picky bits in front of the TV, the cheese serving platter is an elegant and easy way to share food.

The choices are many. From luxurious marble and rich timber, to simple stoneware and decorative styles, there's a cheese platter to suit your style. 

Want a platter to accompany your best dinnerware sets, or one that can double up as a cutting board? See our round up of the best cheese serving platters from the best home decor stores

Best marble cheese serving platters

Best decorative cheese serving platters

Best wooden cheese serving platters

Best stoneware cheese serving platters

What is the best cheese to put on a platter?

Choose the cheeses that you like best. However, if you're creating a cheese platter for guests, it is good to have a selection of hard, crumbly and soft cheeses with a mix of mild to tangy flavours.

Consider crumbly or soft blue cheeses, such as stilton, dolcelatte or roquefort; a soft goats cheese and a couple of mild and tangy hard cheeses like mature cheddar, gruyère or manchego. Plus a ripe oozy camembert or brie.

Don't forget fruit (such as figs, grapes, pears or apples), pickles and chutneys or honeycomb and quince paste to accompany your cheese choices, as well as crackers and bread.

'Cheese should be served at room temperature, so take it out of the fridge and left it rest around 30 minutes to an hour before you want to serve it,' says Jessie Johnson, founder of food and recipe site, Life as a Strawberry. 'To add visual interest, I also like to serve cheeses in a variety of shapes, and place hard cheeses in stacks or cubes, to make it easier for guests to take a piece.'

Jacky Parker is a London-based freelance journalist and content creator, specialising in interiors, travel and food. From buying guides and real home case studies to shopping and news pages, she produces a wide range of features for national magazines and SEO content for websites

A long-time contributor to Livingetc, as a member of the team, she regularly reports on the latest trends, speaking to experts and discovering the latest tips. Jacky has also written  for other publications such as Homes and Gardens, Ideal Home, Red, Grand Designs, Sunday Times Style and AD, Country Homes and Interiors and ELLE Decoration.