Whitstable Oysters

The traditional seaside town of Whitstable, on the Kent coast, has been famous for its oysters for centuries. Today, Whitstable oysters are grown on beds with Protected Geographical Indicator (PGI) status.

Whitstable Oysters are harvested in traditional native oyster beds in Whitstable Bay.  

In Whitstable

If you are visiting Whitstable make sure you stop in at Wheelers Oyster Bar which is the town’s oldest restaurant. Serving fresh fish and seafood this famous restaurant has been run by the same family since 1856. Also on the menu are cockles, whelks and eels, and fresh catch of the day.

The famous Whitstable Oyster Co. on the seafront is another great place to get half a dozen freshly shucked native oysters and a glass of wine.

Whitstable Oyster Company

Every year the town celebrates its local delicacy with the Whitstable Oyster Festival. The 2-day event takes place every summer.

Native Oysters reared on the Whitstable Oyster Company land are the only true Royal Whitstable Native Oyster.

Types of Oysters

Native Oysters (Ostrea Edulis)

The native oyster (Ostrea Edulis) is an indigenous species with a brown shell. These should be eaten from September to April.

Rock Oysters

Cultivated European oysters (Crassostrea Gigas) are available all year round.  

The name “Whitstable Oyster” is a protected food name with PGI (Protected Geographical Indication) status.

Whitstable Oyster Festival

Every year the town celebrates its local delicacy with the Whitstable Oyster Festival. The 2 day event takes place every summer.

There is entertainment, traditional celebrations and lots of oysters to eat. Wander along the beachfront and through the town. Watch the ‘landing of the oysters’, this ceremonial event marks the start of the festival. A celebration of the first catch ‘landing’ on the beach, which are then donated by the Whitstable Oyster Fishery Company, and blessed by the Lord Mayor of Canterbury!

Eating Oysters

Oysters are now available all year, however, it is best to enjoy them when the weather is colder during Autumn through early Spring.

Traditionally you should only eat oysters in months with an ‘R

Where to buy Whitstable Oysters online


Simply Oysters

Prices are per Oyster. Minimum order for this product is 12 Oysters.


Whitstable rocks

Producing a whopping 4 million Pacific rock oysters a year – all dispatched fresh.

Enjoy with a dash of Tabasco and a squeeze of fresh lemon.

Oysters from around Britain

While Whitstable Oysters are well known there are oysters from other parts of the British isles that are just as delicious. As well as Whitstable oysters other British Oysters include Brancaster Maldon and Morecambe, which are available all year round.

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