The Whitstable Oyster Fishery Company traces its roots back to 1793, when it was set up by an Act of Parliament, but oysters have been a part of Whitstable’s history for far longer. We are very happy to have Whitstable oysters as one of our Official Oyster Suppliers of London Oyster Week.
Katy Davidson, Founder London Oyster Week
“The Whitstable Oyster Company are pleased to be involved with the inaugural London Oyster Week. The Whitstable Oyster Company have been in the oyster business for over 200 years and, at its peak, supplied up to 100M oysters a year to London so it’s great to be working with London Oyster Week to promote the resurgence of what historically has been such a important delicacy for the capital. The Whitstable Oyster Company has spent recent years re-establishing this business at the heart of our community and we’re delighted to bring our unique farmed rock oysters to an even wider audience through working with London Oyster Week. Oysters are an incredibly sustainable and versatile food and the development of London Oyster Week by Katy Davidson will be a fitting celebration. Oysters - good for you, good for the environment!!”
James Green, Whitstable Oyster Co.
Grown on beds with Protected Geographical Indicator (PGI) status, Whitstable oysters are unique for both their provenance and quality. The farm produces Pacific rock oysters, grown directly offshore and harvested to order. They also receive and sell wild native oysters from a few local fisherman whose work and expertise keeps the traditions of the Whitstable Native Oyster alive.
James Green employs a hands-on approach to oyster farming. As well as maintaining the heritage of the famous PGI Whitstable oysters, he also strives for sustainable development of the company, trialling new technologies and developing the brand on all fronts. James, and his brother, now successfully own a hotel, brewery, several eateries and run frequent oyster tours that all celebrate the Whitstable oysters.
The unique taste of the Whitstable Oyster comes from the delicate balance of ebbing tides where the North Sea meets the Channel.
Our native and rock oysters are celebrated with Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) status for their provenance and quality.