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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, which is 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 expertly shucked them!
A few minutes later, we walked out of the shed, with a dozen of the freshest oysters in their half shells...
We sat on a bench with a wonderful view of the wide open bay. After a bit of banter about who would be the first to try an oyster, we tried one each. We were 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 the UK.
We've continued to evolve and expand; and we offer more than 'simply oysters'...
We work with trusted and reliable oyster and shellfish farms and fisheries in the UK, Channel Islands and France; and one of the top smokerys in the UK.
We're the UK's Number 1 seller of oysters online: We offer the UK's widest selection of fresh oysters with 21 types of oysters from waters in the UK, Channel Islands, and France. We offer a variety of fresh mussels, clams, and cockles from waters in the UK.
We offer fresh smoked fish and smoked shellfish (salmon, eel, mackerel, herring, haddock, and prawns). These fish and shellfish are landed from waters in the South West of England; then seasoned and expertly smoked for about 24 hours by our smokery.
We supply these fresh oysters, mussels, clams, cockles, and smoked fish and shellfish to our clients in mainland UK.
We're the UK's Number 1 seller of Wusthof Oyster Knives. We're the UK's Number 1 seller of Honeywell Chainmail Oyster Gloves. We design, make and exclusively sell Simply Oysters' Oyster Trays. We supply these knives, gloves, and trays to our clients in the UK and worldwide.
We're proud to support and work closely with our trusted and reliable seafood producers who supply sustainable fresh seafood, direct to our clients.
The world is your oyster. Dive in!
Jeremy & Carol
Founders & Owners