Whitstable Oysters

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Photo Main: Whitstable Pacific Oysters

Line 1: The name "Whitstable Oyster" has PGI status

Line 2: Whitstable Pacific Oysters

Line 3: Whitstable Native Oysters

Line 4: "Whitstable Natives" written by Michael Cable

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 Whitstable Pacific and Native Oysters from Whitstable Bay
Whitstable Pacific (Rock) and Native (European or Flat) Oysters are from traditional oyster beds in Whitstable Bay, Whitstable, Kent, England. The seaside town of Whitstable has been famous for its oysters since Roman times. The name "Whitstable Oyster" is a EU protected food name, and has PGI (Protected Geographical Indication) status. This EU scheme protects regional foods whose authenticity and origin are assured.

Freshness, quality and safety
Once ashore, these oysters are cleaned, sorted and purified in natural seawater at licensed depuration facilities, in accordance with UK and EU food, health and safety laws. After that, the oysters are packed fresh to order and dispatched the same day (Monday to Thursday), for next day courier delivery to addresses in mainland UK. How to store oysters

Minimum order is 12 oysters. The total price below includes courier delivery.
At the latest, please order at least 2 days prior to your selected delivery date

Optional: Whitstable Natives Book
"Whitstable Natives" written by Michael Cable, tells the story of the Whitstable oyster. Hardback, 128 pages. Condition: New. RRP £20.00. Only sold with orders for Whitstable Oysters.
Our taste review
Whitstable Pacific (Rock) Oysters
Grown and harvested from: Whitstable Bay, Whitstable, Kent, England.
Available: All year.
Texture: Plump, delicate, silky.
Flavour: Initially mild taste of the sea. Then melon and lemon. A fresh cut grass finish.

Whitstable Native (European or Flat) Oysters
Grown and harvested from: Whitstable Bay, Whitstable, Kent, England.
Available: Seasonal - September to April.
Texture: Plump, soft, chewy.
Flavour: Initially fresh taste of the sea. Then cucumber and a hint of melon. A tangy finish.
Our taste reviews are based upon our own experience and opinions. Note: Each oysters is unique with flavour influenced by local waters, temperatures and climates.

 Related: Taste Reviews on all UK Oysters

Minimum order is 12 oysters. The total price below includes courier delivery.
At the latest, please order at least 2 days prior to your selected delivery date
Did you know...
It is well known and documented, that the seaside town of Whitstable has been famous for it's Native Oysters since Roman times. In the 19th century, Native Oysters were the staple diet of the poor. In 1860, the three fishery companies in Whitstable employed more than 100 boats and 500 people, and sent 50 million tons of Native Oysters to London. Most of these oysters were consumed by the poor, who often added them to Victorian dishes such as beef and oyster pie (as beef was far more expensive than oysters). Today, oysters are expensive and considered a luxury food by most people.

First established as a cooperative in 1793, the famous Whitstable Oyster Company responsibly and sustainably harvests Whitstable Pacific (Rock) and Native (European or Flat) Oysters from its own traditional oyster beds in Whitstable Bay. The Whitstable Oyster Company owns the Whitstable Oyster Fishery Company Fish Restaurant; several other restuarants; a hotel; and a cluster of 150 year old fishermen's huts, which have been converted to provide quality accomodation on the beach front with sea views of the Thames Estuary.

The name "Whitstable Oyster" is a EU protected food name, and has PGI (Protected Geographical Indication) status. This EU protected food name and scheme covers regional foods whose authenticity and origin are assured.
 
Whitstable Bay is part of the Swale River Estuary. At the shallow tidal waters of the Swale River Estuary, the freshwater of the Swale River mixes with the saltwater of the North Sea. The Swale River is classified as a National Nature Reserve and a Special Protection Area. It is an important site for wildfowl and waders, and in winter thousands of birds flock to this unique habitate to search for food exposed by the tides.

Since 1984, in July each year, the Whitstable Oyster Festival is held in the seaside town of Whitstable to celebrate the town's links with the oyster industry. This popular festival attracts tens of thousands of people who enjoy Whitstable Oysters, local food and drink, parades, live music, entertainment, activities, competitions, and fireworks. In 2017, the Whitstable Oyster Festival celebrates 33 years.

Whitstable Pacific and Native Oysters are featured on menus at these top restaurants in the seaside town of Whitstable: Whitstable Oyster Fishery Company - The Royal Native Oyster Stores (Horsebridge), The Lobster Shack, East Quay Venue, Hotel Continental, and The Forge.
 
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Photos (L to R): 1: The name "Whitstable Oyster" has PGI status. Click on photo to view official PGI document. 2, 3 & 4: Whitstable Oyster Company's Fish Restaurant, Whitstable, Kent, England. Photos courtesy of Whitstable Oyster Company. 5 & 6: The Lobster Shack, and East Quay Venue, Whitstable, Kent, England. Photos courtesy of East Quay Venue.  
 
Minimum order is 12 oysters. The total price below includes courier delivery.
At the latest, please order at least 2 days prior to your selected delivery date

 

 
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Whitstable Pacific Oysters - M to L (80-120g):

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