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Le Timanoix. £12.50 for 300g, from Paxton and Whitfield

Looking for an interesting addition to the cheeseboard? Pop down to Paxton and Whitfield, where you will find Le Timanoix. This is a monastery cheese from the Périgord region of France. Its style is 'washed-rind', utilising the monastery's own local walnut liqueur. Semi-hard, its lightly creamy interior bears the unmistakable nuances of walnut whilst its crusty rind is savoury to Marmite-like proportions. Intriguing, and delicious. The cheese is a product of Paxton's teaming up with celebrated French cheese affineur Pierre Androuet. The £12.50 is for a whole round.

Try with a dark monastery ale, where the piquancy of the cheese rind marries wonderfully with the beer to accentuate the latter's maltiness. For a more robust combination, try with a dry Amontillado or Oloroso.