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Our current winter opening hours are:

Closed Tuesdays & Wednesdays

Monday & Thursday 9 to 4pm

Friday 9 to 9pm

Saturday & Sunday 9am to 4pm

You will find fresh fruit and vegetables, dried herbs and condiments, local bread, a range of fine foods, treats, local dairy products, local puddings, smoked fish, deli pots and of course, our award winning cheeses.

We also have a fabulous range of local delicious cakes and sell individual tubs of Archers ice-cream!

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


We are delighted to welcome you back to our little cafe.  We have a wonderful covered external seating area for those rainy or chilly days - it is the north after all!  

Indoor seating is available and we now have a beautiful new coffee bar in our little shop.  This was made by Jonathan using recycled material from around the farm.  It's a lovely spot to enjoy your coffee sitting on a tractor stool looking across the fields.

Our menu  includes:

Sausage or bacon baps (and add mushrooms, onions and/or an egg)

Double pork cheese burgers

(all pork rare breed, raised here and fed with whey from the cheesemaking)

Cheese toasties (cheese, cheese and tomato or cheese and onion)

Cheese platters featuring along with our cheese of course, local chutney, butter and award winning Peters Yard crispbreads.

A range of local cakes including biscoff cheesecake

Cheese or fruit scones

Coffee - cappuccino, latte, americano, flat white. Decaff soya and semi skimmed available

We also offer a wide range of locally brewed real ales, peroni lager, Henry Weston Cider and wine by the glass or bottle (french or local -Tyneside)


On Fridays's our evening menu starts from 6pm. 

Between 4-6pm we are delighted to offer you drinks and cakes.

Our evening menu consists of small plates, meat and cheese platters and general lovely nibbly bits designed to be eaten leisurely with friends over a glass of something lovely.

If you would like to book please call Allison on 07887 676397 and leave a message if she's up to her elbows in cheese, or drop us a message via Facebook or email.  We will respond as soon as we can.


We use our outside wood fired oven built by Jonathan but we have also invested in a smaller more conventional pizza oven which we hope will make us weather proof.

Pizzas are available as part of our Friday night offer.  Booking is essential to avoid disappointment as we only light the pizza oven if we have the bookings.


Back by popular demand our cheese platters feature our award winning cheeses, award winning crisp bread, local butter and chutneys, dips, olives and grapes.

Our Cheese Platters cost £20 and our Meat and Cheese Platters (pictured) costs £25. Both serve two people and are available during the day, at our Copley Med Evenings and to takeaway (takeaway by preorder only).

Email or call 07887 676397

New Opening Times:






You can order our cheese gift boxes with a range of our award winning cheeses for those special occasions, to treat someone or to treat yourself at home .  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.


The first of our two units have arrived.  We still have some hooking up to do with the boiler and the solar panels as well as a little landscaping after all the groundwork and we'll need some time to furnish, create and clear a snag list and so some tweaking, so we anticipate being ready for the first booking from Friday 17th September  but to avoid disappointment booking won't open until the first unit is in full working order, so around October 11th at the earliest.

Booking will be via our website or through Cool Camping who have agreed to have us as part of their family, which we're delighted with. However, you can register your interest by clicking the button below and we'll be sure to send you details as soon as we have them.

These two en-suite off-grid 'ellipse' units sleep two people and will be over the hill at the back of the farm, offering seclusion, beautiful views and access to our 2 acre wood and stream.

Here's how we see it working...

Booking will be on a B&B basis at £360 per 3 night weekend stay, or £360 for a 4 night mid week stay, or £700 for the week.

You'll arrive Monday for a mid week or full week stay, and Friday for a weekend stay.

Check out is by 11:00 on Mondays and Fridays and check in on the same days will be available from 3pm.

What's included:


Coffee and Tea making facilities.

Bed linen and towels.

As they are solar powered the facilities are limited but there is a recharge point for phones and a small fridge (to chill the wine and beer!).

Access to our 2 acre wood and stream.


Beautiful Views

Dogs are welcome (any damage is chargeable)



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.

Cafe opening hours: 

Please see above

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

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

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

Ronnie - using a similar recipe to Doris but cut, waxed and matured for a tangier more acidic flavour 

Durham Blue - our newest addition to the range and only available here at the farm.  A red blue cheese that is creamy with a rich blue taste with an acidic twang that rounds the flavour off nicely.

& 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: 

Closed Tuesdays & Wednesdays 

Monday a& Thursday 9-4pm

Friday 9-9pm

Saturday and Sunday 9-4pm

Allison and Jonathan

with thanks,
Allison and Jonathan Raper

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