The Bristol Oyster Co

Live Oysters fresh from the family Oyster Farm

THE OYSTER FARM - FATHER & SON TEAM CYRIL AND BEN SOUTHERLAND

The Oyster Farm

Brancaster Oysters are some of the best you will ever eat. Farmed and fished in the crystal clear waters of Brancaster Staithe Harbour by father and son team Cyril and Ben Southerland. This beautiful delicacy graces the menus of the finest eateries on the
Norfolk Coast.

"Our oyster farm is situated in Brancaster Staithe Harbour where the oysters are grown on trestles in the creeks, taking advantage of all the natural nutrients that run through the salt marshes. The oysters themselves are purchased from oyster hatcheries when they are very small, around the size of your little finger nail. They are then placed in small mesh bags and grow and expand in size. We spread them in to further larger mesh bags until they reach the desired size when they are harvested by hand, washed and depurated ready to go to market. The depuration process is the final stage before marketing. This process involves placing the oysters in tanks of sea water which is circulated through Ultra­-Violet lights that purify the water that the oysters are filtering. After this process the shellfish are ready for consumption.  Although the waters in Brancaster Staithe harbour are some of the cleanest in Britain, by using depuration tanks we find that we can regulate our product more effectively. By monitoring the water temperature and environment that the oysters are kept in just before they go to market we are able to deliver a consistently outstanding product which can be delivered to the outlets we supply as and when they are needed."