About Slate

Owners of Slate Cheese - Clare and John

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 specialist training including courses with the Academy of Cheese, 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 companions.

Passionate about Cheese and Quality Provisions

Both Slate shops are bursting with food and drink accompaniments to elevate your cheese choices. We have a wide array beach picnic provisions, delicious local produce and food prepared in Slate's own kitchen.We are passionate about artisan cheeses and particularly those made locally in East Anglia. Each month we showcase a carefully selected, themed trio of cheeses in our Slate Cheese Club and Cheesemonger's Special Selection. Accompanying tasting notes are written personally by Clare. We offer 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.

We also have an inspired selection of gifts for cheese lovers.

Award winning

At Slate we are driven by our passion for artisan cheese, sharing our knowledge and enthusiasm with customers and providing excellent service both in-store and online.  We are very proud to have won a number of national and regional awards recognising this mission at the heart of what we do.  

Staff member handling Cheese at Slate Cheese
cheese tasting photo
Slate Cheese apron