Slate Southwold is now CLOSED until further notice.
Slate Aldeburgh remains OPEN until our annual winter break from 17th to 29th January. After a deep clean and good rest we will re-open on Saturday 30th January re-stocked with cheese and raring to go.
During this time you can still order cheese and provisions for nationwide and local delivery after we re-open.
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…
This was such a find on my cheese travels last year, so creamy I can't believe they skim the milk
Dorset Blue Vinny is a multi-award winning English blue cheese, little known outside the West Country. It is made at Woodbridge Farm in north Dorset to 300-year-old recipe, using hand-skimmed milk from the farm's Holstein-Friesian cows. Exceptionally creamy with a mellow blue taste, Dorset Blue Vinny has a flavoursome, edible rind. It tastes delicious on an oatcake with a spoonful of dark and fruity chutney. Read more
For those with a sweet tooth this Gouda is as close to caramel as cheese gets. Its always a hit with children and adults alike.
Weydeland VSOC Gouda is made in the Woerden region of Holland on the banks of the river Oude Rijn. Deep orange in colour with visible salt and protein crystals, this outstanding extra mature Gouda has been aged for an incredible three years (1000 days). The ‘VSOC’ in its name stands for ‘Very Superior Old Cheese!’ Weydeland VSOC Gouda has a delicious nutty caramel flavour and long finish, perfectly complemented by its crystalline crunch. Read more
Great squidgy texture and rounded milkiness. Fabulous to have a new Suffolk cheese!
St Helena is a brand new cheese from the makers of St Jude and St Cera. Based at Fen Farm nearby Bungay, Suffolk, they use the raw milk of the farm's Montebeliarde cows to create this supple washed rind cheese made to a St Nectaire recipe and aged on rye straw mats. Milky and sweet with just a hint of tangy farmyard at the finish, St Helena is an excellent melter and we love it alongside the crunchy sharpness of our Slate pickles. Read more
The Norfolk alternative to Gruyere - a perfect cheese for slicing, grating and cooking too.
There are no mountains to be found near Copys Green Farm, Wighton, but this doesn't stop Catherine Temple producing Norfolk's very own Alpine-style cheese. Inspired by the local cheeses she discovered on a European cycling holiday, this semi-hard cheese is handmade to a Gruyere recipe using milk from the farm's own herd of Brown Swiss cows. Matured for six to nine months, Wells Alpine has a sweet, nutty flavour and a pleasant tang. 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!