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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.

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 open on November 15th 2019. To book your free tickets click here.

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

Our Products

We make eight soft cheeses: 

Teesdale Blue, 

White Hilton, 

Teesdale Goat, 

Barney Brie, 


Allison's Garlic Special 

& our flavoured Teesdale Curd cheeses.

We also sell organic kefir

How to get your hands on our cheese

We sell at a number of local farmers markets and 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 our diary by appointment or we can arrange a postal delivery. Just drop us an email for details. 

Please note we cannot sell direct from the dairy without an appointment at the moment but we are working hard to open a small shop later in the year.  NEWS JUST IN...Shop and café opening on Friday 15th November!  Click here to book your free tickets.

Trade enquiries welcome.  Please contact for further information.

Allison and Jonathan

with thanks,
Allison and Jonathan Raper

LATEST NEWS FROM Teesdale Cheesemakers

Cafe Cheesedale Launch Tickets

Cafe Cheesedale Launch Tickets

Sunday, 13th October 2019