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…
A crumbly English classic with a subtle lingering flavour.
The distinctive salmon-peach colour of Appleby's Cheshire comes from addition of the natural vegetable dye, annatto. Open and crumbly in texture but not overly dry, Appleby's Cheshire is a perfect balance of rich mineral flavours and acidity. It is savoury and herbal with a long finish. 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
Ogleshield is the British version of Raclette. It's a very special cheese - unique in colour, texture and taste.
Pliable Ogleshield is the West Country equivalent to Swiss Raclette. This supple cheese melts magnificently for sumptuous Alpine style raclette dinners with potatoes and gherkins – or the perfect cheese toastie! Made from rich Jersey milk by Jamie Montgomery in Somerset (maker of Montgomery's Cheddar), it is washed in brine every three days to develop its springy consistency, pink rind and slightly pungent aroma. The name of this cheese honours the contribution of former Neals Yard Dairy maturer Bill Oglethorpe to its development, and the cheese’s shield shape. Read more
Godminster always leaves you wanting more, it's a customer favourite and one of mine too. Its buttery taste melts in your mouth.
Godminster Vintage Cheddar hails from Bruton, Somerset, where it is made with pasteurised cow’s milk from the farm's own organic dairy herd to a traditional 70-year-old recipe. This firm Cheddar is matured for up to twelve months to produce a full, rounded flavour and an exceptionally smooth, creamy texture. Rich and buttery, it has a long finish without the acidity often associated with vintage Cheddars. Encased in distinctive burgundy wax, Godminster Cheddar is shaped in round truckles – and seasonally as pretty hearts. 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!