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We offer a contactless shopping experience.  All social distancing is observed and we have a one way system through our shop for even greater safety.  

You will find fresh fruit and vegetables, bread, a range of fine foods, treats, dairy products and of course, our award winning cheeses.

We aim to stock local artisan products where possible and often use those products in our cafe.

We also sell individual tubs of Archers ice-cream.


Our outside seating area is now open and we now have a small amount of inside seating.

Our menu changes every day subject to what we have in stock.

Please be patient as it is just the two of us.

Counter service using our one way system please.

We also have a children's play area (one family at a time during covid please), and you can see into the dairy from our little viewing platform or visit our pigs from this side of the fencing.  PLEASE DO NOT ENTER THE FIELD.


Friday and Saturday are pizza night!  To book use the blue 'book now' button on our Facebook page.  These are for takeaway or eating at one of our outside table.  Last orders 6:45pm and we close the bar around 8-9pm depending on how busy we are.

You are also welcome to come and have a glass of wine or enjoy a beer from a local micro brewery and enjoy the views!


Back by popular demand our cheese platters feature our award winning cheeses, local artisan bread and chutneys and fresh fruit.  Eat in or take away.

They cost £10.50 per person and must be booked at least the day before.  

Email or call 07887 676397

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You can order our cheese gift boxes with a range of our award winning cheeses for those special occasions or simply to treat someone.  Order in the shop or for online orders click HERE .  If you don't see what you need email with your contact details and we will call to discuss your budget and requirements as soon as we are able.



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.

We use milk from the family farm to make our cheeses.

In January 2019 we moved to new premises and our café and small shop Cheesedale opened on November 15th 2019. 

Cheesedale is a cheese-centric cafe and shop where the menu revolves around the cheese we make on the premises.  You can take a peek into the dairy and see where the cheese is made, meet our rare breed pigs who are fed on the whey from the cheesemaking and enjoy a great cheese board and cup of coffee in the cafe.  

Our menu changes in line with our produce on the farm but we always have our award winning cheeses.

We are open: 

10-5 Wednesday & Thursday

10-.7 Friday & Saturday

10-5 Sunday

You can follow our adventures on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Our Products

We make eight soft cheeses: 

Teesdale Blue - a mild creamy Blue (cow's milk)

White Hilton - a complex creamy white cheese that changes as you chew it

Teesdale Goat - a mild mellow goat with our distinct rind to finish it off

Barney Brie - a robust farmhouse brie

Doris - a dales style cheese, crumbly in the middle with a soft edging

Nanny Blue - a blue goat cheese with a mild rocquefort flavour 

Allison's Garlic Special - inspired by a maltese recipe and a nod to Allison's maltese roots.

& our flavoured Teesdale Curd cheeses, dessert cheeses designed to pimp up your pud!

We also sell organic kefir

How to get your hands on our cheese

We sell at a limited number of food festivals see  'Events', 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.  

Finally you can buy our cheese directly from us at our licensed Cheesedale cafe & shop or we can arrange a postal delivery. Just drop us an email for details. 

Opening times are: 

10am to 5pm Wednesday & Thursday

10am to 7pm Friday & Saturday

10am to 5pm Sundays. 

Trade enquiries welcome.  Please contact for further information.

Allison and Jonathan

with thanks,
Allison and Jonathan Raper

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