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. Recently Clare caught up with Jane to find out whether this year is looking good for her orchard and what new recipes she has been stirring up on her kitchen Aga.Read More
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.
Ferndale Cheeses is the family-run producer of local East Anglian cheeses Norfolk Dapple and Norfolk Tawny. Their range also includes some variations: Smoked Dapple, Carrow Dapple (with added mustard seeds) and a seasonal special, port-infused Ruby Dapple.Read More
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.Read More
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.
Clare and John have both made recent visits to the heart of Neal’s Yard Dairy: their new HQ and maturing rooms, tucked away in former railway arches in Bermondsey, south London.Read More
We are thrilled to announce that Slate has been shortlisted in Guild of Fine Food's Shop of the Year awards 2018. Across four categories, 42 independent retailers have been shortlisted and we are flying the flag for Suffolk!Read More
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. Clare and John attended a "Stilton Masterclass" to learn the essentials.Read More
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.Read More
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". It was thrilling news just a few weeks ago to learn that we had made the final four - such an exciting achievement in our first year as Slate!Read More
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.Read More
Sarah Pettegree of Bray's Cottage is the "Queen of Pork Pies"! Her "perfect pies" are a firm favourite in the Slate picnic counter, particularly delicious when munched on the beach. Recently we caught up with Sarah to find out how she got into the pork pie business and her top tip for a pork pie accompaniment.Read More
With snowdrifts clinging to the verges and a biting easterly wind, 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.Read More
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.Read More
Last month saw Clare head back to the classroom for more cheese training, a slightly daunting prospect with several dozen cheeses on the tasting menu and an exam at the end of the day!Read More
With his bakehouse tucked away in Reydon near Southwold, The Breadwinner Ravi Muniandy is one of our most local of local suppliers. Each day Ravi bakes a unique range of artisan bread, cakes and cereals.Read More
Sam Bouton of "Truffles et al" is our local chocolate truffle maker. With February being the month of red roses, chocolates (and of course cheese!) we are delighted to have Sam's Valentine's gifts in store and to chat with her about local ingredients, fabulous flavour combinations and her plans for the year ahead.Read More
Here at Slate, not only are we nuts about cheese but we get very excited about nuts with cheese! Here are our tips on pairing nuts and cheese.Read More
To us here at Slate, cheese is as important a part of Christmas as mince pies and Christmas carols! Here are our top ten tips on choosing, storing and serving cheese this Christmas.Read More
Exciting times ahead! Our new Southwold branch will open on Saturday 25th November. Our Aldeburgh shop will be closed for a full refurbishment from 6th to 24th November inclusive.
What's more, both shops will open on 25th November under our new brand Slate Cheese!Read More
If you love cheese, or know someone who does, why not sign up to our new Cheese Club.
We'll send you a monthly (or bi-monthly) box containing our special selection of three cheeses including our featured 'Cheese of the Month'.Read More
With the arrival of an autumnal chill in the morning air, this month sees the celebration with all things apple with Apple Day on the 21st October.
Apple Day is now celebrated in many villages and communities around the country.Read More