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Our oyster journey started in 1999, when we travelled around Australia for 12 months in a 4WD...
We arrived at the small coastal town of Coffin Bay in South Australia, famous for it's oysters.
We'd never tried oysters before, so we visited the 'Oyster Shed' on the shore of Coffin Bay. Inside the rustic wooden shed, we met the oyster farmer and after a friendly chat, we asked him for a dozen of his finest oysters! He smiled, and walked out the back of the shed and onto a wooden deck area suspended above the water. He untied a rope that was attached to the post on the deck and stepped into a small wooden boat. He rowed out to the oyster beds, which was about 25 metres from the shed, collected a dozen oysters, and rowed back. After that, he placed the oysters on top of the wooden counter and shucked them. A few minutes later, we walked out of the shed with a tray of a dozen of the freshest oysters possible in their half shells!
We sat on a wooden bench with a wonderful view of the wide open bay. After a bit of banter about who would be the first, we tried an oyster each. We were instantly amazed by the fresh, natural, succulent and delicious taste! We reached for another, and another...
From that moment on, we were hooked; and we've loved oysters ever since!
A world first
In the UK, we were almost always disappointed by the few, if any, oysters available at our local supermarkets and elsewhere...
In 2013, we had an idea, a world first. We wanted to offer different types of oysters, direct from the oyster farms and fisheries, so that anyone in the UK could choose, order and enjoy the freshest and finest oysters possible! Later the same year, we launched Simply Oysters at www.simplyoysters.com with 9 types of fresh oysters from waters in the UK.
More than 'simply oysters'
Over the years, we've continued to evolve and expand - and today we offer more than 'simply oysters'...
We are the UK's Number 1 seller of oysters online. We offer the UK's widest selection of live oysters (27 types of oyster); as well as other live shellfish which include as lobsters, crabs, scallops, clams, cockles and mussels. We also offer an extensive selection of fresh smoked fish and smoked shellfish.
We are the UK's Number 1 seller of Wusthof's Oyster Knives and Honeywell's Chainmail Oyster Gloves. We design, make and exclusively sell Simply Oysters' Oyster Trays. We exclusively sell Hawkshead's Chilli Salsa for Oysters.
At Simply Oysters, we are proud to sponsor the National Lobster Hatchery as a 'Buy One Set One Free' Supporter. Each year, the National Lobster Hatchery releases over 50,000 juvenile lobsters into inshore waters around Cornwall to help ensure the Cornish Native Lobster remains a sustainable food source. The National Lobster Hatchery is open to the public as a marine conservation, research and education centre; and relies 100% on donations and visitors to the centre.
Freshest oysters possible
All professional oyster shuckers and chefs know that: "The freshest and tastiest oyster is the live oyster that has just been shucked and served immediately".
At Simply Oysters, we supply live oysters and other shellfish, as these are the freshest and finest oysters and shellfish possible.
We do not supply pre-cooked or frozen shellfish, or shellfish imported from overseas.
Our live shellfish includes oysters, lobsters, crabs, clams, cockles and mussels - all of which are harvested or fished from their own local waters in the UK and Channel Islands. Once landed, these shellfish are purified in natural seawater for at least 42 hours (in accordance with UK and EU law); then, packed live to order and dispatched the same day by our oyster/shellfish farms and fisheries, for next day courier delivery to our clients' addresses in mainland UK.
Our fresh smoked fish (salmon, eel, mackerel, trout, herring, and haddock) and shellfish (prawns) are fished from waters in the UK. These fish and shellfish are prepared, seasoned and slowly smoked for more than 24 hours by master smokers at our smokery; then, packed fresh to order and dispatched the same day by our smokery, for next day courier delivery to our clients' addresses in mainland UK.
We're proud to work with our shellfish farms and fisheries and smokery to ensure our clients receive the freshest and finest seafood possible.
On behalf of all our shellfish farms and fisheries and smokery - thank you for your custom.
The world is your oyster. Dive in!
Jeremy & Carol
Founders & Owners