For us, unwrapping a waxed paper package to savour a uniquely perfect artisanal cheese is one of life’s finest pleasures. Slate was created to share this joy. Receive taste-bud satisfying parcels direct to your door or visit our cheese-packed shops on the Suffolk coast.
Sunday 26th May: Southwold & Aldeburgh: 10am - 2pm
Monday 27th May: Aldeburgh: 9am - 5pm | Southwold: 10am - 4pm
Here at Slate, the arrival of a new batch of cheese in its seasonal prime always causes a flurry of excitement, as does our first taste of new up-and-coming cheeses. We love to celebrate awards or recognition for our favourite producers too. Right now, we can’t get enough of…
This is a recent discovery for me and now my favourite Cheddar. Its strong, lasting flavour makes all your taste buds go wow!
Winner of the ‘Best Cheddar’ award at the British Cheese Awards 2018, Westcombe Cheddar is one of the three big Somerset Cheddars. Made by a father and son team at Westcombe Dairy near Shepton Mallett, this PDO accredited artisan Cheddar has a fabulous earthy aroma and a deep complex flavour. We love its lingering notes of notes of hazelnut and caramel; its mellow tang; and famously long finish. Read more
Hay on Wye is a very fresh, young goat's cheese. It's ever so smooth with a creamy finish.
Slate favourite Hay on Wye is a fresh goat’s cheese made by Charlie Westhead of Neal's Yard Creamery in Herefordshire, which overlooks the town of Hay on Wye. Loosely modelled on the French cheese Selles-sur-Cher, it is coated with edible ash and sold very young — just two to three weeks old. Inside, it is bright white with a fine, smooth texture and a fresh, creamy taste. Read more
St Cera is the most pungent of our local cheeses, the flavours are truly intense.
St Cera is a delectable scoopable version of St Jude with a stronger flavour. Both cheeses start the same way at White Wood Dairy at Fen Farm in Bungay, Suffolk. Here, Julie Cheyney handmakes her cheeses using the rich unpasteurised milk from the farm’s Montbéliarde cows. It is their different maturation processes which create the differences between the cheeses. As it ages, St Cera is washed regularly in a brine solution while St Jude develops a white mould ripened rind. Brine washing gives St Cera its orange/pink colouring and distinctive taste. It is a deliciously meaty cheese with flavours reminiscent of bacon. Read more
This one is fit for a prince! England's only raw milk Brie. Baron Bigod has a wonderfully smooth texture and flavours of farmyard with a hint of mushroom.
Baron Bigod is an exquisite soft brie-style cheese made in Suffolk at Fen Farm Dairy near Bungay. Jonny and Dulcie Crickmore use the raw rich milk from their Montbéliarde cows to handmake this gold medal winning cheese to a traditional French recipe. The taste is delicate at its centre with yoghurt acidity. Towards its white bloomy rind, which develops over eight weeks of salting and aging, the flavour becomes creamier and richer with aromas of earth and mushroom. Read more
Slate’s shops can be found in the beautiful Suffolk coastal towns of Aldeburgh and Southwold. We love to meet fellow cheese fans and offer tastings from our walls of cheese. We can help you create the ultimate cheeseboard with perfectly paired crackers, chutneys and preserves. Make sure you try our delicious locally baked bread, charcuterie, pasta, freshly prepared salads, soups and picnic provisions!