About Slate

Slate is a specialist cheese retailer and delicatessen with shops in Aldeburgh and Southwold, Suffolk. Both stores offer a carefully curated range of British and European artisan cheeses, displayed as a magnificent wall of cheese. Step over our slate-tiled threshold to discover our passion for fine cheese in all its glorious forms!

Slate is a family business led by Clare Jackson and her father John Ormerod, who have long cherished the Suffolk coast as holidaymakers. In 2017, the draw of the sea and a shared obsession with cheese finally spurred the pair to follow their dreams and launch Slate.

A Warm Welcome

You’re guaranteed a warm welcome in our shops or whenever you contact us by phone or email. Our friendly and knowledgeable staff are all cheese enthusiasts who have received training from the Guild of Fine Food and Neal's Yard Dairy. They can advise you on storing and serving different cheeses or offer tips for creating a fabulous cheeseboard from our choice of perfect accompaniments.

Passionate about Cheese and Quality Provisions

Each month we showcase a cheese which is tasting particularly good. Our Cheese of the Month is also the inspiration for our Cheese Club and Cheesemonger’s Special Selection, along with two other complementary choices. Accompanying tasting notes are written personally by Clare.    

We also provide celebration cheese cakes to create a magnificent centrepiece at weddings, parties or Christmas. These can be designed to suit any theme, budget and number of guests.

You’ll find a wide array of high-quality provisions in our shops as well. This includes delicious local produce and food prepared in Slate’s own kitchen.