The Jersey Oyster, why not give it a shuck?

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Jersey has the third largest tidal range in the world, which means that the island is lucky enough to be blessed with the perfect environment to harvest oysters. With a daily influx of some of the cleanest sea water in Europe, the Royal Bay of Grouville is host to Jersey’s Oyster farms. There are plenty of places island wide for all you oyster lovers, to enjoy the unique taste of the Jersey Oyster!  

So why are Jersey Oysters so special? 

Oysters take their flavour from the environment they’re grown in. Jersey has the third largest tidal range in the world, which means that Jersey grown oysters benefit directly from the daily natural filtering effect of Jersey’s unique tides and crystal clear waters, and enjoy the high flow of nutrient clean water. Growing in this kind of environment gives our Jersey Oysters their unique delicate, fresh and salty flavour.

What kind of oysters grow in Jersey?

When we eat oysters we often eat ‘Pacifics’, otherwise known as rocks. Jersey is fortunate to farm both the larger, heavier, rougher rock oysters available year round as well the very rare, smaller, lighter, smoother shell native oyster only available from September to April. The best time to eat the first native of the season is in November.  Why not taste them yourself? 

Laid back dining at The Crab Shack Gorey 

Located in Gorey, this restaurant will serve you fresh Jersey Oysters on a bed of crushed ice from the Royal Bay of Grouville whilst you feast on the view of the majestic Mont Orgueil Castle.  The Crab Shack provides a relaxed and informal setting, perfect for those looking for somewhere to enjoy their seafood with a side of seaview! 

The Crab Shack

Enjoy signature oyster dishes at Sumas Gorey  

Meet local restauranteur Paul, owner of Sumas Gorey, and find out why he thinks Jersey is a special destination for those wanting enjoy fresh local seafood, and why seafood taste better when you can see the sea it is caught in. Facing the Normandy coast, from your table, watch the incoming tide rush through the gullies and enjoy oyters served au natural or poached. 

Meet Paul

Rustic flavours from Faulkner Fisheries St Ouen

A WW2 German bunker converted into ‘The Vivier’ located on the west of the island and enjoys views over St Ouen’s Bay. You can enjoy oysters here, just as they come, served with a squeeze of lemon or a drop or two of Tobasco, if you like it hot and spicy.   

Faulkners Fisheries

The Oyster Trail 

For those wanting to know more about The Jersey Oyster and get up close to the oyster beds, why not join walking company ‘Jersey Walk Adventures’? Experienced locals guide you along the Royal Bay of Grouville, home to the biggest oyster beds in the British Isles. 

Jersey Walk Adventures

The Jersey Oyster Company  

Owned and run by third generation Jersey Oyster farmer Chris Le Mausurier, this really is Oyster central!  Located in Grouville and growing and exporting 700 tonnes of Jersey Oyster's each year, you’ll often see Chris and the team heading out from theirn shellfish processing plant, down to the beach, to maintain the 35 hectares of ‘beach concessions’, where they grow Jersey Oysters and mussels.  It really is a fascinating place!  

Jersey Oyster Company

Give a shuck

Stay in touch and we’ll share a healthy serving of Jersey food and drink experiences. Best served with the sand between your toes.
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