Why is Extra Mature Shipcord so well liked by visitors to Slate? It is a delicious cheddar-style cheese with robust flavours and a long tangy tail to its taste but perhaps most significantly it is one of our very local East Anglian cheeses, rarely tasted outside the region.
With this in mind, Clare and John set off to meet Susan Richards and her husband Robin who run Rodwell Farm just a few miles outside Ipswich. 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
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
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
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
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
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
Clare made a visit to Fen Farm Dairy, makers of the renowned Baron Bigod cheese, to learn more about what makes it special and see their herd of Montbeliarde cattle being milked.
Here Clare tells us about her visit to Fen Farm Dairy > Read More
We take cheese very seriously and there is always more to learn, so we sent our shop manager, Nico de Villiers, to one of our suppliers, Neal’s Yard Dairy in London. Find out more about his visit. Read More
Clare met Julie Cheyney of Whitewood Dairy, creator of unpasteurised lactic cows milk cheese, St Jude.
Julie Cheyney is a hugely experienced cheesemaker with a background in dairy farming. Her understanding of the connection between farming and cheesemaking is fascinating. Clare writes about her meeting with Julie. Read More
Medlars are a long-forgotten fruit in British kitchens but Jane Steward of Norfolk's Eastgate Larder has an orchard of over 100 trees and turns the fruit into delicious preserves. We met Jane to find out more about the mysterious medlar. Read More
Tucked away behind the picturesque church in Sudbourne, Clare went to discover meet Anna McCreadie of B Chocolates. Read about her visit > Read More
Clare went on a behind-the-scenes tour of Pump Street Bakery's craft chocolate making. Read about her visit. Read More