There are 700 types of cheese produced in the UK — meaning we now have more varieties than France. Our friends across the Channel still eat twice as much fromage as us, but what better time to celebrate the best British cheeses sold in our supermarkets?

The flavour of the cheeses depends not just on the process used to make them, but also on whether milking has taken place in the morning or evening and how much grass the cows, goats or sheep have been able to eat.

There is a huge array, from hard to squishy, stinky to mild and sharp to creamy — so there’s sure to be something to suit your palate.