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…
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
From the mountains of Switzerland, Red Wine Farmer is a powerful cheese with a long finish. Whilst maturing for eight months, this cheese is intermittently washed in local red wine. This washing process colours the rind but is not done frequently enough to make it sticky or 'stinky' like other washed rind cheeses. The red wine imparts a pungent punch to this sweet and creamy cheese. Read more
To enjoy at its best, make sure Shropshire Blue is well warmed to room temperature. It tastes beautiful with water biscuits, crunchy walnuts and refreshing pears.
Shropshire Blue is an eye-catching cheese with its distinctive orange colour, delicate veining and mellow blue taste. Ours is handmade by family-run Cropwell Bishop Creamery in Nottinghamshire. With a recipe similar to their classic Stilton, its deep orange colour comes from addition of the natural vegetable dye annatto. Aged for twelve weeks, Shropshire Blue has a buttery flavour with hints of burnt caramel, nuttiness and tangy blue. Read more
Morbier is one of my personal favourites so I was excited to try Ashcombe. Intense milkiness and a little hazlenut. I love it!
With a distinctive look similar to French Morbier, Ashcombe is a new washed-rind cheese from King Stone Dairy in Gloucestershire, best known for their oozing soft cheese Rollright. Rich and milky in flavour, Ashcombe is smooth and supple with a striking horizontal line of wood ash. It is brine washed and aged for four months to develop a bright terracotta rind. 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!