What is vegetarian cheese?

Wednesday 26 June 2019

What is vegetarian cheese?

At Slate we are often asked which of our cheeses are suitable for vegetarians according to the rennet used to make them. There are lots of flavourful examples in our wall of cheese from local Suffolk Gold and Binham Blue, to Cornish Yarg and Spenwood. Read on for the low down on rennet and keeping it veggie.

Cheese of the month: Doddington

Saturday 1 June 2019

Cheese of the month: Doddington

From the Cheviot Hills in Northumberland, Doddington is a firm cheddar-style cheese with a slightly dry texture and a distinctive dark natural rind. It takes its name from the family farm where it is handmade from the warm raw milk of the farm's own herd.

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.

Win a unique Father’s Day cheese & socks hamper!

Thursday 16 May 2019

Win a unique Father’s Day cheese & socks hamper!

Is your dad the big cheese? If so, we’ve got the perfect draw prize for Father’s Day! We’ve partnered up with a fellow independent retailer and near neighbour on Aldeburgh High Street, O&C Butcher, to give you the opportunity to win your dad a very special gift.

Eat Suffolk Food & Drink Award for Slate!

Friday 3 May 2019

Eat Suffolk Food & Drink Award for Slate!

We are buzzing here at Slate after winning an award at this week's Eat Suffolk Food and Drink Awards.  We were thrilled to win the title of "Best Independent Food & Drink Retailer 2019".

Cheese of the month: Dorset Blue Vinny

Wednesday 1 May 2019

Cheese of the month: Dorset Blue Vinny

Dorset Blue Vinny is a multi-award winning crumbly cheese veined with bluee. Handmade at Woodbridge Farm in north Dorset to a 300-year-old recipe using milk from the farm's own Holstein-Friesian cows, it is creamy in flavour with a mellow blue taste and edible rind.

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.

7 great reasons to join the Slate Cheese Club

Thursday 11 April 2019

7 great reasons to join the Slate Cheese Club

Whether you are a cheese connoisseur or keen to dip your taste buds into the world of cheese, our monthly Cheese Club box will bring a mouth-watering selection of artisanal cheese direct to your door. Read on for seven great reasons to join the club! 

Cheese of the month: Pavé Cobble

Monday 1 April 2019

Cheese of the month: Pavé Cobble

Pavé Cobble is an award winning soft lactic-style cheese with a sweet and creamy flavour & a delicate hint of tangy citrus.  With its truncated pyramid shape and ash coating its appearance is reminiscent of the European cobbled streets from which it takes its name.

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.

Grate news:

Monday 18 March 2019

Grate news: "Best Newcomer" award for Slate

Last week the Guild of Fine Food "Shop of the Year 2019" competition reached its exciting finale with a wonderful presentation evening in Harrogate.  We were absolutely thrilled to receive the "Best Newcomer" award! Just eighteen months since launching Slate, we are extremely proud to receive this recognition for our new business and how we seek to share our passion for cheese with all those who visit our shops.  

Live on air!

Monday 11 March 2019

Live on air!

The last few years have seen Clare and John on numerous cheese related adventures from meeting cows in muddy fields to sporting fetching blue hairnets and getting hands on "cheddaring" curds.  Last month saw another first: taking some of our favourite cheeses on live radio!


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