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.
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…
The arrival of Vacherin let’s you know Christmas is coming! It's fantastic straight from its wooden box or baked for a mini fondue.
Each autumn the arrival of seasonal Vacherin Mont D’or is always a special day. This sumptuous cheese is made only between 15th August and 15th March each year when the milk produced by cows grazing the Jura mountain pastures in France is too fatty to make Comté. Instead, the cheesemakers produce rich and meltingly soft Vacherin Mont D'Or. This luxurious washed rind cheese is pungent and creamy with sweet, grassy notes and resin flavours imparted from its spruce bark casing. Read more
My all time favourite and the strongest blue we offer. The blend of milks gives Picos a creamy taste behind the strong spicy flavours of its blue veins.
Picos de Europa, also known as Queso de Valdeon, is a semi-soft blue-veined cheese with PGI (Protected Geographical Indication) status from the province of Leon in northern Spain. This unique cheese, made from a blend of pasteurised cow’s and goat’s milk, is wrapped in maple and chestnut leaves after being matured for around six weeks. Similar in strength and saltiness to French Roquefort, we love its caramelised aroma and intense piquant flavour. Read more
Shipcord is a cheese that tickles your taste buds! It's truly artisan, hand-made locally in very small batches.
This locally produced cheddar-style cheese is made by Susan Richards at Rodwell Farm Dairy in Baylham, Ipswich. Unpasteurised milk from the farm’s own dairy cows provides its unique nutty flavour and long complex finish. The curds and whey are scalded at high temperatures to create its robust texture and give length to the flavour. Vintage Shipcord is then matured for approximately twelve months, developing acidity and tang as it ages. Read more
Dorstone is an incredible little goat’s cheese, fabulous with a drizzle of sweet honey. Enjoy it by the slice, you don’t even need a cracker!
Dorstone is a turret-shaped goat’s cheese coated with edible ash. This traditional technique for maturing fresh cheeses neutralises acidity and creates ideal conditions for desired mould growth and rind formation. The texture within is smooth and moussy when eaten young, becoming firmer as it matures. The flavour has a soft citrus tang and yeasty notes. Dorstone is made by Charlie Westhead at Neal's Yard Creamery near Dorstone Hill in Herefordshire. 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, picnic provisions and homemade meals too!