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PUBLISHED: 15:35 10 December 2013 | UPDATED: 15:55 10 December 2013

Stilton at The Cheese Plate, Buntingford

Stilton at The Cheese Plate, Buntingford


You have to be a romantic to invest your time, effort and money in cheese. And that is exactly what Toby Archer is – a lover of the wonderful stuff.

Boasting more than 270 cheeses from around the world, The Cheese Plate in Buntingford has become the cheesy place to visit in Hertfordshire. Toby’s passion and knowledge for all things cheese was recognised when he was asked to be a judge at the World Cheese Awards in Birmingham last year.

Being an avid cheese consumer and food photographer myself, my meeting with Toby was pure indulgence. I had the immeasurable pleasure of spending time with him, tasting and learning about the different aspects of cheese, from storing it to cooking it, and what accompaniments (including wine!) work best with it.

The Cheese Plate boasts unique cheeses including Colston Basset Stilton, a classic, creamy cow’s milk cheese, and Grevenbroecker, an award-winning, mouth-watering Belgium stacked curd blue cheese. My taste buds were taken on a gastronomic journey starting with brie a la truffle – two wedges of brie sandwiched together with black truffle butter, to create a complex, velvety taste, and on to Rossini, a sweet, creamy, complex Italian blue cheese, matured in grape pressings. Last but not least, we must not forget our homegrown traditional hand made cheddars, of which Toby has a fantastic selection.

To experience your own taste sensation, head to The Cheese Plate, High Street, Buntingford

Sharon Struckman is a Herts food blogger and photographer at

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