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Exceptional cheeses need accompaniments that will complement their individual flavours. We’ve taken great care to select products that pair perfectly with the cheeses we sell. Remember, if you would like any advice or recommendations for planning a cheeseboard, we’re always happy to help.
If you’re looking for crackers, crispbreads and oatcakes that won’t compete with subtle delicate cheeses, you’ll find the crispiest handbaked choices here. If you like to contrast silky soft cheeses with sweet flavours and palate-pleasing textures, why not try some delicious artisan fruit and nut studded toasts?
We stock outstanding chutneys and preserves too. Make sure you try Eastgate Larder’s medlar cheese, produced from locally grown medlars. We’re also very proud of our very own award-winning chilli jam, made in our Aldeburgh kitchen.
Fig chutney and cheese are a match made in heaven, and Rosebuds Preserves Fig Chutney is the best we’ve ever tasted. This rich and piquant mix of juicy figs, molassed sugar, warm cinnamon and sweet fresh orange is an ideal accompaniment to our strong Cheddars or our soft cheeses. Made at Rosebuds Farm in Yorkshire, Elspeth Bilcroft uses the skills and recipes handed down by her mother. She ensures her ingredients are fresh and flavoursome by only gathering or buying in season. Read more
These Swedish style sourdough crispbreads (or knäckebröd) are the perfect partner for any cheese. We love to slather them with soft cheese or top them with a crumbly blue. Created by Peter Ljungqvist, Peter’s Yard sourdough crispbreads started out in a Skånegård bakery deep in the Swedish countryside. Now baked here in the UK, the team faithfully follow the original Swedish recipe. Their sourdough is fed daily and allowed to ferment for 16 hours before each batch is baked. Read more
Your Piece Baking Company made it their mission to bring the world real handmade Scottish oatcakes and we’re very glad they did! Made only from oats from farms in Fife, these oatcakes are hand-rolled with a rolling pin. 'Fife Cut' refers to the classic triangular shape used by generations of Fife bakers, whose methods and recipes they faithfully uphold. Add a slice of cheese and some chutney for a truly satisfying snack. Read more
Sometimes the simplest things are the best. Miller's Elements Flame-baked Water Crackers are made from flour and water— and absolutely nothing else. Flame-baked for toasty crispness, they are the perfect backdrop for our full-flavoured cheeses. Endlessly versatile, we would top these textbook crackers with any one of the cheeses in our shop — and be very happy doing so! We love the satisfying crunch they deliver while allowing the cheese to be the star of the show. Read more
The Fine Cheese Company’s Toast for Cheese are made with around 60% fruits, nuts and seeds for a sweet and nutty accompaniment for your favourite cheeses. We love this variety with dates, hazelnuts and pumpkin seeds, which pairs deliciously with our soft and creamy cheeses. Thin and light, their crispness is achieved by baking them twice, like a biscotti. Spread them with sumptuous soft and creamy cheeses for the ultimate end to a meal or a magnificent afternoon snack. Read more
We’re very grateful to Jane Steward from Eastgate Larder for introducing us to the long-forgotten medlar and medlar cheese, which she makes at home in Norfolk. Jane uses the concentrated pulp of locally grown medlars, along with local sugar and natural pectin from lemon juice. A great addition to a cheese board with hard or soft cheese, medlar cheese goes particularly well with East Anglian favourites St Jude and Norfolk Tawny. Visitors to our shops can also buy Jane’s medlar cheese by the slice, much like Spanish quince cheese, or membrillo. Read more
Slate Chilli Jam is handmade by Kim, the head chef in our Aldeburgh kitchen. We were delighted when it won a Gold Great Taste Award in 2017, where the judges described it as “a really well-balanced chilli jam.” Neither too hot nor too sweet, Kim’s tomato-based recipe contains just enough chillies to deliver a moreish kick. This versatile preserve is delicious on a cheeseboard alongside strong cheeses, especially our mature Cheddars. Read more
These are the best gluten free crackers we have ever tried. Twice baked, The Foods of Athenry’s Sodabread Toasts are packed with nutritious sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds and linseeds. The Lawless family started their specialist bakery in 2004, building a gluten free facility on their family farm in the West of Ireland. They have since picked up over 50 Great Taste awards for their range! These multiseed crackers are some of their most versatile and are delicious with most types of cheese. Read more
These gluten free crackers are made with crispy almonds, sweet honey and aromatic rosemary. Twice baked, they offer a fresh flavour dimension and an unbeatable crunch. We particularly like them with hard cheese and goat’s cheese. They are part of a range created by the Lawless family, who started baking gluten free goodies on their farm in the West of Ireland in 2004. They have since picked up over 50 Great Taste awards for their range. Give them a try to discover why! Read more
These gluten free crackers from The Foods of Athenry are made with crispy almonds, sweet honey and aromatic rosemary. Twice baked, they offer a fresh flavour dimension and an unbeatable crunch. We particularly like them with hard cheese and goat’s cheese. They are part of a range created by the Lawless family, who started baking gluten free goodies on their farm in the West of Ireland in 2004. They have since picked up over 50 Great Taste awards for their range. Give them a try to discover why! Read more
Looking for a cheese-centric Christmas gift that you can hide under the tree? Our trio of jars, handmade by Slate head chef Kim and her team, is a perfect gift for cheese-loving friends or family members. Include a Slate gift voucher if you’d like recipients to be able to choose a selection of cheeses to enjoy with their accompaniments.
Slate Chilli Jam (winner of a 2017 Great Taste Award) and Slate Chutney are both delicious with strong cheeses, especially mature Cheddars. Our pickles, meanwhile, balance alpine cheeses by providing acidity and crunch. With no need to keep refrigerated, this gift set can be safely stowed away until Christmas, making it an ideal present choice. Read more
From Fen Farm Dairy here in Suffolk, this unique butter is the only raw farmhouse cultured butter made in Britain. Vibrantly golden in colour and flecked with visible salt crystals, it is truly delicious on crusty sourdough bread or a warm toasted teacake. Rich and creamy from the protein-rich milk of the farm's Montbeliarde herd, Bungay Butter is carefully cultured and churned to develop its complex flavours. Read more
From the Norfolk kitchen of Jane Steward comes another medlar treat: her limited edition Spicy Medlar Chutney. Bursting with warm flavours of ginger, cumin and chilli, this flavoursome chutney perfectly complements bold cheeses and cold meats. It also makes a great accompaniment for curry or a cheese toastie. Read more
Pretty cubes of chocolate-covered caramel exquisitely sprinkled with flecks of Suffolk sea salt. These caramels are handmade by Anna on her family farm near Orford using the finest local ingredients including honey from nearby coastal hives. Pop a box in your basket for a smooth and indulgent taste of Suffolk sweetness. Read more
Reminiscent of French cornichons, Slate Pickles are sliced mini cucumbers pickled in cider vinegar and a special blend of turmeric, mustard seeds and cumin. Their crunchy texture and tart flavour create a perfect partnership with British hard cheeses such as Lincolnshire Poacher, also Alpine favourites including Le Gruyère and aged Comté. They are an excellent palate cleanser alongside a fondue. Read more
For a delectable Ploughman's lunch add a dollop of this traditional dark chutney from Rosebud Preserves to your slice of Westcombe Cheddar or Norfolk Dapple. Crammed with classic autumn fruits including Bramley apples and plums, Old Yorkshire Chutney has just the right amount of vinegar to brighten its rich flavour and perfectly complement both hard and crumbly cheeses. Read more