Gimblett's Guide to the Best of British Cheeses, Francis Gimblett

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Gimblett's Guide to the Best of British Cheeses: British artisan cheeses and their producers. 

About the author

An innovator in the field of fine tasting experiences, Francis Gimblett has spent over thirty years selling, making, teaching and entertaining with fine wine and artisan cheese.

Following training as a chef, Francis became the country’s youngest sommelier at a five-star hotel a year after he was legally entitled to drink. He became head sommelier a year later. After subsequent periods in fine wine broking then winemaking overseas, he formed Taste the Vine with his wife Pam. The company has since staged over 3000 wine, cheese, whisky, ale, cider and other fermentation-based events in 47 countries over 24 years.

In 2014 their passion for talking about cheese evolved to include making it, when they started cheesemaking at Gimblett Cheese after two years research and trials. Starting with a washed-rind cheese modelled on the output of ancient monasteries, the couple are now developing a new cheese from an ancient Sussex recipe to assist knowledge of Britain's heritage styles of cheese.

Gimblett's Guide to the Best of British Cheese


  • Biographies of 80 top cheesemakers
  • 230 cheeses featured with:
  • Photos
  • Tasting notes
  • Drink matches
  • Statistics
  • Quality assurance
  • Free delivery to UK mainland addresses


1% of every sale will be donated to the Mental Health Foundation via Work for Good

Due to small-scale production and logistical delays certain cheeses and condiments may be unavailable. We'll substitute them with similar products as needed. You can specify if you are happy with substitutions on the Cart page.


The delivery charge is worked out based on the postcode.


EH39-EH42 postcodes (Haddington, Gifford, Dunbar, North Berwick, East Linton, other areas within 5 mile radius of the shop): Orders over £40 - free delivery.

Other EH and FK1-16 post codes (East Lothian, Edinburgh, Fife) : Orders over £50 ‐ free delivery; orders under £50 ‐ delivery is £4.50.

Central Scotland: Orders over £50 ‐ free delivery; orders under £50 ‐ £5.50;

Northern Scotland and Highlands: £5.50 (2-5 day service). Please note, we recommend selecting Wednesday as your delivery day to allow enough time for the order to be delivered before the weekend (when courier depots are closed)


England & Wales: Orders over £50 ‐ free delivery; orders under £50 ‐ £5.50.

London: Order over £50 ‐ free delivery; order under £50 ‐ £7.50.

Northern Ireland and Islands (Isle of Man, Scilly, Skye, Wight, Jersey, Guernsey): we currently do not ship to.

Most of the UK mainland gets a next day delivery service. However, certain areas of the UK get a longer service. Our shipping boxes are designed to be safe in transit for up to 48 hours (longer during the cold months). 

When placing an order, please make sure to provide:

  • an alternative delivery instruction, in case you’re not in to receive the order (such as “leave on porch, leave in a shed, leave with neighbour”)
  • complete post code and mobile number (will be used for courier notifications)


Our checkout system allows you to pick a date in the future to receive your delivery.

Our courier partners are APC Overnight. 

Once your order is shipped you will receive tracking details. Because all orders are shipped via a third-party, you would need to contact the courier directly if you have any questions about your parcel. Their email address is 

If you are buying cheeses for a special occasion, please allow an extra day or two for your cheeses to arrive, in case of unforeseen and uncontrollable circumstances.

During December and other peak periods, we may require additional days to process and deliver your order.


We take great care in packaging and delivering your order.

  • Cheeses are wrapped in specialist cheese paper that will allow them to breathe and not suffocate.
  • Cheeses and condiments are then packaged in a cardboard box (reusable and recyclable) with an insulated foil pouch and ice packs to ensure the correct temperature is maintained for up to 48 hours (longer during the cold months).


A personalised gift note can be included with all of our products at no extra charge.

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