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.

A buzz with Bracey Bees

Friday 29 June 2018

A buzz with Bracey Bees

Fresh goats cheese with a drizzle of honey is one of our favourite pairings here at Slate, particularly when it is our local honey from Bracey Bees. Recently we gave Simon a buzz to find out more about this busy time of year for beekeepers and to discover whether Suffolk is a bee-friendly place.

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.

Slate Shortlisted in

Tuesday 19 June 2018

Slate Shortlisted in "Shop of the Year" Competition

We are thrilled to announce that Slate has been shortlisted in The Guild of Fine Food's Shop of the Year awards 2018. Across four categories, 42 independent retailers have made the list and we are flying the flag for Suffolk!

Stilton: Clare grading

Thursday 24 May 2018

A Stilton Masterclass

Stilton is a truly a British cheese, and protected by both its EU "Protected Designation of Origin" (PDO) status and registered trademark, this is the way it will stay. 

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.

Eat Suffolk Food & Drink Awards 2018 blog

Wednesday 16 May 2018

Eat Suffolk Food & Drink Awards 2018 blog

Suffolk is a county crammed with food and drink producers, growers and retailers. Each year this thriving industry is celebrated with the "Eat Suffolk Food & Drink Awards".

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.

Slate Cheese Wedding Cake

Monday 23 April 2018

Cheese wedding cakes

Create a stunning centrepiece for your wedding reception with a celebration cheese "cake" from Slate.

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.