Amongst the festive feasting, your Christmas cheese board is the perfect moment for an impressive display and bold flavours - set taste buds tingling with a decadent cheese selection.
Our Deluxe East Anglian Cheese Selection contains six wonderful cheeses from Suffolk and Norfolk. In addition to the three fine cheeses included in our East Anglian Selection, this deluxe version contains three more of this area’s best. Alongside soft and creamy Baron Bigod, cheddar-style Norfolk Dapple and tangy Binham Blue we have eye-catching Norfolk Mardler, a flavoursome goat’s cheese; delicate and fresh St. Jude; and last but not least crumbly Suffolk Gold. All six cheeses in this diverse selection are handmade with rich, creamy milk straight from the farm.
Keeping it local, Flint Vineyard in Norfolk produces a delicious Bacchus wine, crisp yet refined with notes of elderflower and lime peel. You can add a bottle to enjoy with our deluxe selection of East Anglian cheeses. We think it's a particularly good match for the fresh milkiness of St. Jude. Read more
Our East Anglian Cheese Selection contains three very special local cheeses. East Anglia may not be a traditional cheese-making area but today’s award-winning producers are certainly causing a buzz. Without a history of cheesemaking, the farmers-turned-cheesemakers in this area create their exceptional cheeses inspired by a variety of recipes from around the UK and Europe. They use the creamy full-flavoured milk from happy herds that graze Norfolk and Suffolk’s rich and fertile pastures. Choose this selection to discover cheddar-style Norfolk Dapple, luxurious Baron Bigod and flavoursome Binham Blue.
For a beautiful wine pairing with Binham Blue, you can add a bottle of Bolney Estate's Lychgate Red to enjoy with our East Anglian cheese trio. This medium-bodied red wine brims with flavours of blackberry, cherry and peppery spice that enhance the piquancy of Binahm Blue, whilst good acidity refreshes the palate after each mouthful of creamy cheese. Read more
Serve the finest British cheeses this Christmas with this perfectly balanced selection. It wouldn’t be Christmas without a tangy blue to enjoy with a slice of fruit cake – rich and creamy Shropshire Blue, from the makers of Cropwell Bishop Stilton, is one of the best. A Cheddar is a must too and we’ve selected a delicious new one from Trethowan's Dairy. The long-lasting finish of award-winning Pitchfork pairs beautifully with a spoonful of Slate chutney. Pave Cobble, an ash-coated sheep’s cheese, completes our trio with a light and delicate dimension. Serve all three with delightfully crunchy Peter’s Yard Sourdough Crispbreads for a Christmas cheeseboard to remember. Read more
Enjoy Europe’s most exquisite cheeses with our festive selection from across The Channel. Roquefort is one of the world's best-known blue cheeses and a joy to eat at Christmas, especially with fruit and walnuts. Sweet and nutty, Le Gruyère Reserve is matured for longer than standard varieties to develop greater depth of flavour. Complete your cheeseboard with decadent and delicious Truffle Brie from specialist Brie producer, Rouzaire. Rich and creamy with a lingering flavour of truffles, it tastes fantastic with Champagne, making it perfect for the festive season! Pair all three with the delicious Mør Rye and Buttermilk Snap Crackers included. Read more
We have lots of fabulous gift suggestions including non-perishable cheese related gifts. With no need to refrigerate, you can get ahead with wrapping and tuck them under the tree for Christmas morning.
Perfect last minute Christmas gift! We can dispatch gift vouchers by post or email until 21 December. At checkout select any available date from the calendar but note your required delivery date in the ‘special instructions’ box at checkout.
Give the gift of cheese shopping to your friends and loved ones. What could be a better Christmas or birthday present than the opportunity to indulge in their favourite artisan cheeses or try some new ones? Pop a printed voucher inside a card or tuck it under the tree, wrapped up alongside one of our other non-perishable gift items.
Gift vouchers are available in denominations of £20, £30, £50 and £100. They can be redeemed online or in our shops for up to one year from the date of purchase. Your printed gift voucher will be dispatched by first class post within one working day. Gift vouchers can be posted to your address or direct to the recipient. If you would like your gift card to be accompanied with a message, please add this to the ‘special instructions’ box at checkout. For last-minute Christmas shoppers we can send a voucher by email. Simply request this via the ‘special instructions’ box. Read more
Dive into the world of cheese by joining the Slate Cheese Club. Each month you’ll receive a carefully selected trio of cheeses and complementary crackers. Detailed tasting notes are also included with interesting facts, background information and our tips for pairing each cheese with food and drink. Read more
Keep gift-giving traditions alive while adding a new twist. Treat the special man in your life to these fabulous vibrant Happy Socks and make his day even better by surprising him with a Slate gift voucher!
Trying to find the perfect gift for a cheese-loving friend or family member that you can hide under the tree? These brightly coloured, patterned socks from Happy Socks are sure to put a spring in his step. With no need to keep refrigerated, they are easy to squirrel away and if accompanied by a Slate gift voucher, the lucky recipient can look forward to a cheese shopping spree once the Christmas selections have been devoured.
Gift vouchers can be redeemed online or in our shops for up to one year from the date of purchase. If you would like your gift card to be accompanied with a message, just let us know what to include in the ‘special instructions’ box. Read more
Looking for the perfect gift for the foodie in your life? This hamper is packed with delicious accompaniments to help them create a gourmet cheeseboard. It does not contain any fresh produce so can be stored or, during the festive period, placed under the Christmas tree until you are ready to exchange gifts. The happy recipient only then needs to add some artisan cheese to enjoy a fabulous spread of cheese, crispbreads, honey and preserves. Choose from our standard or gluten free selection. Read more
Complete your festive menu with delicious provisions including biscuity pork pies, melt-in-the-mouth Bellota ham and smoky olives. Whether you're looking to brighten up a buffet of turkey leftovers or add a little sparkle to your antipasti, we've lots of suggestions to make Christmas even tastier.
Fig chutney and cheese are a match made in heaven, and Rosebuds Preserves Fig Chutney is the best we’ve ever tasted. This rich and piquant mix of juicy figs, molassed sugar, warm cinnamon and sweet fresh orange is an ideal accompaniment to our strong Cheddars or our soft cheeses. Made at Rosebuds Farm in Yorkshire, Elspeth Bilcroft uses the skills and recipes handed down by her mother. She ensures her ingredients are fresh and flavoursome by only gathering or buying in season. Read more
From Fen Farm Dairy here in Suffolk, this unique butter is the only raw farmhouse cultured butter made in Britain. Vibrantly golden in colour and flecked with visible salt crystals, it is truly delicious on crusty sourdough bread or a warm toasted teacake. Rich and creamy from the protein-rich milk of the farm's Montbeliarde herd, Bungay Butter is carefully cultured and churned to develop its complex flavours. Read more
The bubbles of sparkling wine create an indulgent pairing, bringing a perfect texture contrast to rich and creamy cheeses. Created from Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grapes grown on the chalk North Downs of Kent, Simpsons Wine Estate Chalklands Classic Cuvée is the epitome of English elegance. Pale gold in colour, it has an enticing caramelised pear and floral mille-feuille nose with bright citrus flavours and impressive length. Enjoy a celebration cheeseboard with soft cheeses such as Baron Bigod and
Pretty cubes of chocolate-covered caramel exquisitely sprinkled with flecks of Suffolk sea salt. These caramels are handmade by Anna on her family farm near Orford using the finest local ingredients including honey from nearby coastal hives. Pop a box in your basket for a smooth and indulgent taste of Suffolk sweetness. Read more
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…
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
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
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
The tangy crunch of our Slate pickles makes them a fantastic accompaniment for smooth and almondy Mayfield.
Emmental-style Mayfield is recognisable by its 'eyes', naturally occurring oval holes not typically seen in a British cheese. Its sweet nuttiness is also reminiscent of Alpine flavours. Winner of a 'Super Gold' at the World Cheese Awards, Mayfield is matured for six months. In colour and taste it expresses seasonal variation in the milk changing from golden and buttery in winter to lighter and creamier in summer as the cows graze outside. It melts well so can be used in a fondue recipe or for a delicious cauliflower cheese. 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!