Up close and personal with the Montys at Fen Farm Dairy

Thursday 25 April 2019

Up close and personal with the Montys at Fen Farm Dairy

As Archers fans amongst you will know, Montbéliarde cows are bovine royalty when it comes to cheese making. On a recent visit to Fen Farm, Team Slate took a walk through Jonny Crickmore's herd of Montys before a hands-on cheese-making experience.

Wet socks and cheesy feet: making St Jude cheese with Julie Cheyney

Tuesday 26 March 2019

Wet socks and cheesy feet: making St Jude cheese with Julie Cheyney

"Slowly and gently" is the mantra by which Julie Cheyney makes her cheese, St Jude.  This pace and tone is evident immediately upon entering her cheese room in Bungay, Suffolk.  It was a real privilege to be invited for a hands-on visit to get a deeper understanding of what makes this beautiful little cheese so special.

Poaching words: a visit to the home of Lincolnshire Poacher Cheese

Monday 25 February 2019

Poaching words: a visit to the home of Lincolnshire Poacher Cheese

Tim Jones of Lincolnshire Poacher Cheese has an enviable vocabulary for describing his cheeses.  From the "wild" flavours of Double Barrel through "gamey" tones to the "candle-wax" texture of a perfect truckle of Poacher, after our visit to Ulceby, Lincolnshire these are the words we will be "poaching" to talk about them back at Slate. 

A visit to Norfolk White Lady

Thursday 25 October 2018

A visit to Norfolk White Lady

Given her exceptionally low public profile, I was intrigued and excited to visit local East Anglian cheese maker Jane Murray at her home in Deopham just outside Norwich. Read about our visit here.

A visit to Rodwell Farm Dairy – makers of Shipcord

Thursday 25 October 2018

A visit to Rodwell Farm Dairy – makers of Shipcord

Extra Mature Shipcord is a delicious cheddar-style cheese with robust flavours and a long tangy tail to its taste. But what makes it so well liked by visitors to Slate?

Hands-on with Ferndale Cheeses

Monday 23 July 2018

Hands-on with Ferndale Cheeses

Clare and John are always thrilled by the opportunity to get hands-on making cheese. Togged up in white coats and blue hairnets, there were cheeses to be turned and curds to be "cheddared" as they made a recent visit to Ferndale Cheeses.

A visit to the new maturing rooms at Neal’s Yard Dairy

Tuesday 26 June 2018

A visit to the new maturing rooms at Neal’s Yard Dairy

Neal’s Yard Dairy is a prominent name in the world of cheese. With three shops in London and a thriving wholesale and global export business, their work is linked by a common vision:  developing, curating, and delivering outstanding cheeses in excellent condition.

Suffolk Farmhouse Cheeses visit

Wednesday 23 May 2018

Suffolk Farmhouse Cheeses visit

Happy cows are at the heart of life on Whitegate Farm, the home of Katherine and Jason Salisbury and their Suffolk Farmhouse Cheeses. On a beautiful sunny day, Clare arrived to visit just as their herd of fifty milking cows bounded out into the fields for the first time since October, immediately getting their heads down to enjoy the fresh spring grass.

Mardler John by goat shed

Monday 23 April 2018

"Mardling" about goats cheese

With its bright yellow wax coating, Norfolk Mardler is one of the most eye-catching cheeses we have in our "wall of cheese" at Slate.  On their recent cheese-making trip to Norfolk, Clare and John called into Fielding Cottage to find out more about how it is made.

Cheese-making with Norfolk's Mrs Temple

Thursday 1 March 2018

Cheese-making with Norfolk's Mrs Temple

Clare and John headed to north Norfolk to visit Mrs Temple and her cheeses. Catherine Temple is a well-established East Anglian cheese-maker who makes a range of eight cheeses designed to offer a complete Norfolk cheeseboard.  

Meet the Fruit Magpie

Tuesday 27 February 2018

Meet the Fruit Magpie

At Slate we are really keen on perfect companions for cheese and fruit cheeses have got to be one of our favourites.  Recently we caught up with Hazel from Fruit Magpie to find out more about how she makes the beautiful jewel-coloured loaves on offer at Slate. 

A Visit to Fen Farm Dairy

Tuesday 23 May 2017

Behind the scenes at Fen Farm Dairy

On a sunny May afternoon Clare made a visit to Fen Farm Dairy, makers of the renowned Baron Bigod cheese, to learn more about what makes it special.