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Our family run business uses cows milk from the family's dairy farm in Teesdale.  

It's been in the family for four generations...so we know the milk is good.

Who Are We?

Teesdale Cheesemakers was formally Leaside Cheesemakers, founded by Brian and Esme Dedman in 2012.  We are a husband and wife team Allison and Jonathan Raper, who took over the business in January 2016.

Our Products

We make four soft cheeses: Teesdale Blue, Teesdale White, Teesdale Goat (launched in October 2016), & our flavoured Teesdale Curd cheese. 

Our Awards

At the Great Yorkshire Show in 2013 our Teesdale Blue cheese was awarded First Prize in it's class and was also given the prestigious Prince of Wales Award for Outstanding Quality in Dairy Products. The White Hilton was awarded Second Prize in it's class.

In 2014, the 'White Hilton' won it's class at the Great Yorkshire Show as well as winning two gold stars in the Great Taste Awards. The Lemon Flavoured curd cheese also won bronze at the Great Yorkshire Show.

In November 2014 'White Hilton' won Silver at the World Cheese Awards in London - it had quite a year!

Delighted to confirm the following wins for 2016…

At the Great Yorkshire Show we won Gold for our Lemon Curd Cheese, Silver for our Ginger Curd Cheese and a bronze for our Teesdale Blue and our Teesdale White (formerly called White Hilton)

Basically, everything we entered in the show was placed and we are blown away by the result!

A couple of weeks later we found out that our Teesdale Blue was also awarded a prestigious star in the Great Taste awards.

In February 2017 we won Best New Business in the Teesdale Business Awards.

In summary, to date, we have won 13 awards.  Long may it continue!

How to get your hands on our cheese

We sell at a number of local farmers markets and food festivals and we can arrange local delivery for larger orders. We also supply a number of local outlets who are listed on this site under 'Where to Buy'.   You can find the restaurants that use our cheeses on their menus there too.

Please note we do not sell direct from the dairy.

Allison and Jonathan

with thanks,
Allison and Jonathan Raper