In order to bring the freshest oysters to you, we’re delighted to be working with ‘Simply Oysters’, a family-run business supplying the UK’s widest selection of oysters direct from oyster farms and fisheries.
The Simply Oysters story began back in the late nineties when co-founders Jeremy & Carol Stevens spent a year travelling round Australia. They visited Coffin Bay in South Australia which is famous for its oysters, and after ordering a dozen oysters, were pleasantly surprised to watch the owner step off the wooden jetty at the back of the shack, row to the nearby oyster beds and hand select twelve oysters which were then expertly shucked and eaten overlooking the sea. Having never tasted an oyster before, they were both hooked.
Returning to the UK, they were disappointed by the lack of choice and quality of oysters available. They formed an idea of working with oyster farms and fisheries in order to bring the freshest oysters to UK consumers; fast forward to 2013 and ‘Simply Oysters’ was born, a website offering nine varieties of oysters.
Jeremy and Carol’s business venture has gone from strength to strength. Today they are the UK’s number one seller of oysters online, with oysters sourced from the waters of the UK, Channel Islands and France. From their original offering of nine oyster choices they now sell twenty-one varieties. As well as oysters, they now sell other shellfish – including fresh mussels, clams and cockles – and smoked fish, including salmon, eel, herring and mackerel.
As well as stocking shellfish and seafood Simply Oysters have diversified to offer oyster-related equipment to buy from their website, ranging from oyster knives to chainmail gloves. In fact, they are the UK’s number one seller of Wusthof oyster knives and also sell oyster trays, enabling oysters to be presented ‘wobble-free’ once they’ve been shucked.
At FISK you can choose from four varieties of oysters supplied by Jeremy and Carol, all of which can be served either Asian style or with Sauce Pol Roger and Caviar. Oysters from Poole Harbour remain in the harbour for 2-3 years from seed until they reach market size. Further along the English coast, the distinctive oysters from Mersea Island are recognisable by their rippled, fluted shells. Oyster fishing has a long history in this area, with oysters having been picked from the estuary since Roman times. Heading across the Channel to Jersey, the oysters farmed in the Royal Bay of Grouville benefit from nutrients carried along one of the largest tidal ranges in the world. At FISK we also offer oysters from the Bay of Veys estuary in northern France. The location of the bay means the Isigny oysters profit from the four nutrient-rich rivers which flow into the bay.