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Our winter opening hours are:

Monday - Closed

Tuesday - Sunday 10am to 3pm

You will find fresh fruit and vegetables, fresh herbs and salad, 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.


Our cafe will be closed except for takeaways until the government lock down restrictions are lifted.

Takeaways include:

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

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

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

Cheese platters - see below

A range of local cakes

Cheese scones


On hold for winter as we use our outside wood fired oven built by Jonathan.


Back by popular demand our cheese platters feature our award winning cheeses, award winning crisp bread, local butter and chutneys and fresh fruit to take away.

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

Email or call 07887 676397

New Lock Down Winter 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 order now early for Christmas .  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.

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 

& 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 3pm Tuesday to Sunday

Trade enquiries welcome.  Please contact for further information.

Allison and Jonathan

with thanks,
Allison and Jonathan Raper

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