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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.
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 fresh oysters with 26 types of oysters harvested from waters in the UK, Channel Islands, and France by our trusted and reliable oyster farms and fisheries.
We offer a variety of other shellfish such as mussels, clams, and cockles harvested from waters in the UK by our shellfish farmers.
We offer a selection of fresh smoked fish and smoked shellfish: landed from UK waters; then prepared, seasoned and smoked by our smokery.
We supply specialist oyster utensils to shuck and serve oysters: 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'.
We're proud to supply our clients with the freshest and finest oysters and seafood possible.
On behalf of our oyster and shellfish farmers and fisheries, and smokery - thank you for your custom.
The world is your oyster. Dive in!
Jeremy & Carol
Founders & Owners