When serving a meal or setting out platters for your guests, you should always take into account serving suggestions and guidelines for each item your guests will get to enjoy. Stilton cheese is not like your average block of supermarket cheddar. It’s the kind of cheese that requires its very own spot on the table. If you have never served Stilton to your guests before, here are some important tips to keep in mind.

Scoop or slice

There is more than one way of serving Stilton cheese. You can scoop it or slice it. Whichever option you choose, you need to make sure that you do not ‘Nose a Stilton’. This expression refers to the delicious centre of the cheese being scooped out by one or more guests while the rest are forced to eat the less favourable exterior portion around the margin. This is why so many people prefer to slice their cheese.

How to slice

Just like many other types of cheese, you want to get the party started but you don’t want to slice the entire piece of cheese since this can allow it to dry out. Slice just one or two pieces to get things started and to show your guests how the piece of Stilton cheese should be sliced from start to finish.


When you serve Stilton cheese, you should also offer your guests some extra foods for your guests to enjoy. Some of the best items you can pair with this type of cheese include sweet jams, honey, chutney or even walnuts. You should set out a few items with some crackers.

A glass to go with it

You will need to offer your guests something to drink along with that Stilton cheese. Nothing pairs better than a glass of Port. This sweet wine will not overpower the cheese or be overpowered by it either. You don’t need to serve large glasses. Sweet wines are served in smaller portions.

It’s important to note that Stilton cheese might not be for everyone. For this reason, you should serve a separate platter with cheeses that are easier on the pallet. These include Gouda, cheddar and possibly even some softer cheeses like Camembert. With this in mind, you should serve some alternative types of wine to pair with these cheeses.