Who We Are?
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 locally roasted coffee in the cafe.
Allison grows fruit and veg and keeps bees and her endeavors supply a small but growing range of produce to the cafe and shop.
Our menu changes in line with our produce on the farm but we always have our award winning cheeses.
In October 2021 we opened our glamping lodges and in 2022 Robson Green came to stay and film. He found the scenery breathtaking.
Having the lodges give us an opportunity to share the peace and tranquility of our farm and the surrounding area. It's beautiful, in all weathers and all seasons.
And last year we introduced our experiences. Now you can come for a tour of the dairy, a cheese tasting with Jonathan or even make the cheese for a day with Allison.
So...that's us for the moment. Who knows what the future will bring but for now, let us invite you to come and share a slice of cheese and tranquility.