Gold at the British Oyster Championship 2013!

Porthilly Oysters won Gold in the Pacific (Rock) Oyster Category at The British Oyster Championship 2013, which was held by Boisdale and Wright Brothers (with fine wine sponsor Justerini & Brooks) at Boisdale of Canary Wharf, London on 22 October 2013. The British Oyster Championship attempts to seek out the best Pacific and Native Oysters in Britain, based upon blind taste tests by a panel of expert judges. All oysters were judged on appearance, meat-to-shell ratio, and flavour.

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Fresh Porthilly Oysters from the river Camel

The Pacific Oyster ‘seed’ is bought in from a hatchery at a young age (measuring approximately 7 x 7 mm) and grown in mesh bags on the estuary until it reaches a size considered ready for consumption. This whole process takes 16-24 Months and involves continuous monitoring, sorting and separating of the oysters. The oysters are finally harvested by Rock Shellfish and purified in tanks before they are sold to the public.

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Purified Mediterranean and Blue Mussels from Cornwall

Like the Oysters the Mussels are farmed in a sustainable way. Relaying seed from areas where they do not prosper on to sheltered areas of the estuary ensures the mussels grow and fatten rapidly to provide a top quality product. Again the mussels are harvested by Rock Shellfish, sorted through for edible sizes (with undersize material being returned to the estuary) and purified before being ready to eat. Again the growth process of the mussel, from being a microscopic size, to an edible size will take between 16 and 24 months.

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Local purified oysters from Rock on the north coast of Cornwall. Delivered to your door, call for details and prices.

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Fresh Cornish mussels from the estuary bed. Purified and processed ready for restaurants and fish mongers.

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Fresh Cornish clams. Purified and processed ready for restaurants and fish mongers and delivered to you by us.

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Harvested from the banks of the Camel estuary, fresh Cornish Samphire is a great with fish and shellfish alike.

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The Business - Cornish Shellfish

Rock shellfish, based at Porthilly on the Camel Estuary, are growers, wholesalers and purifiers of Mussels, Oyster and Clams. The business also supplies other seasonal produce from the estuary and coastline including the increasingly popular Samphire (a seaweed like vegetable also known as glasswort).

Starting out life as a purely wholesale business with a small site on the Rock side of the Camel estuary, the business has expanded over the years to cover 4 sites on either side of the estuary. Now growing approximately 800,000 Pacific oysters and 100 tonnes of mussel for wholesale and retail. The recent addition of purification facilities mean that the business can now sell its produce into local restaurants and food outlets.