OUR OYSTERS ARE WORLD FAMOUS AND HAVE BEEN GROWING IN OUR RIVER FROM BEFORE ROMAN TIMES
Our Oysters are truly free-range and live naturally on the seabed rather than being grown in nets and cages above the seabed. We believe this is one of the reasons why our Oysters are some of the best in the world. Feeding from the rich fertile waters in the Pyefleet Creek is what gives them their distinctive flavour.
Back in Roman times when Colchester was the capital of Britain, all Roman boats had to go via our river to get to Colchester. It is believed that the Romans discovered our Oysters and enjoyed them so much that they towed them in nets behind their boats all the way back to Rome. It's been quoted that the Romans believed the only good thing that came out of England was the Oysters, our Oysters.
Dredged or picked by hand at low tide, the Oysters are then purified in specially built tanks at the Fishery with cleaned fresh seawater to ensure they are in perfect condition. Tiny then checks and sorts the oysters by hand into the different sizes, where other Fisheries use machines to weigh and sort the oysters, we have Tiny with his 45 years experience.