Exploring behind the scenes at White Lake Cheese

Wednesday 4 August 2021

Exploring behind the scenes at White Lake Cheese

On a recent staycation in Somerset, Clare found herself a stone's throw from Shepton Mallet, the home of White Lake Cheese. One phone call later and Clare was delighted to don a blue hair net for her first behind-the-scenes cheese maker visit in far too long.

heart shaped Baron Bigod cheese

Thursday 11 February 2021

Cheesemaker Chat: Valentine's catch up with Fen Farm Dairy

In the first of a series of 'Cheesemaker Chats' I wanted to share recent news from Fen Farm Dairy here in Suffolk, where Jonny Crickmore and his team make brie-style Baron Bigod.

St. Helena: a new discovery for the wall of cheese

Thursday 5 November 2020

St. Helena: a new discovery for the wall of cheese

Recently Clare caught up with Blake to learn more about St. Helena, and how this Australian from Byron Bay comes to be making cheese on the Waveney fenlands of north Suffolk.

Renegade Monk cheese

Wednesday 18 September 2019

A visit to Feltham's Farm, the home of Renegade Monk

On a recent trip to the West Country, Clare was delighted to visit one of Britain's newest cheese makers, Marcus Fergusson, and learn more about his exciting plans to grow his blooming cheese business.

Cheddaring in the heart of Cheddar country

Thursday 30 May 2019

Cheddaring in the heart of Cheddar country

Cheddar is Britain's best-loved cheese. From supermarket blocks to farmhouse truckles, 50% of all cheese bought in the UK each year is Cheddar. A key step in making this ubiquitous cheese is "cheddaring". On a recent trip to Somerset, Clare learnt more about this process with a visit to Westcombe Dairy, nestled in the very heart of Cheddar making country.

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?

Catch up with Eastgate Larder

Monday 30 July 2018

Catch up with Eastgate Larder

Jane Steward is passionate about medlars and spreading word of this forgotten fruit, once common in English gardens. In 2016 she established Eastgate Larder making medlar jelly and fruit cheese using Norfolk grown medlars, including fruit from her own smallholding. 

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.