@OstracaCornwall #CRINNIS - Opens Tuesday 16th June 2015
Following in the sandy footsteps of Sam’s @ The Bay, a second pop up venue that has been
constructed from a recycled 20ft shipping container has landed at Carlyon Beach for a series
of temporary events and pop up gatherings during the summer of 2015.
‘Ostraca’ is a pop up restaurant & bar serving fresh Cornish produce direct from fishermen and
farmers to bakers and coffee makers, it has also been titled the “1st Camel Valley Wine Bar”
says (Chris) Ranger - Director of Fal Oyster Ltd., designer and proprietor of the unique pop up.
“We have known the Lindo family for many years and it’s a real honour to see the family sitting
on our decking when we have popped up in Falmouth, Truro and now St. Austell”
“Having spent the past 8 years supplying Fal Oysters to many top chefs we are also very
pleased to announce our 1st guest chef on the beach is the incredibly talented Mark Apsey”
says Ranger “[fresh out of The Idle Rocks in St Mawes] we couldn’t have a better opportunity
to impress our guests, I can cook, but Mark is a master!”
“The booking system is also another 1st for Cornwall. Due to the limited capacity at the chefs
table of 8 guests (in all weathers) we need to know you are definitely coming so we can get the
freshest produce just for you.”
Instead of phoning and leaving just a name and number Ostraca ask you to purchase a
voucher online (Ostraca.co.uk
), which you then use against the menu at your reserved time.
Currently the vouchers are just £20 for lunches and £40 for evenings. This will get you a glass
of wine, a starter and a main, however if you are after an eight-course taster menu you can just
pay any balance by cash or card at the end like any other restaurant.
In lovely Cornish sunshine the staff can seat a further 24 on the decking and 60 at the banquet
tables where they will host the ‘Pop Up Gatherings #Crinnis Feasts’ and you bring your own
alcohol. The mini restaurant & bar can cater for more bookings and more visitors to the beach
when other local pop ups join in for summer activities. So keep an eye on the website and
social networking for more dates and availability as the weather improves.
Fal Oyster Ltd. t/a Ostraca
Exciting news... during the summer we met up with Sam at Camel Valley Wines and asked if we could sell Camel Valley Sparkling Wines with our unique Fal Oysters in our new pop up restaurant & bar - Ostraca.co.uk - his reply was better than we had ever hoped for as they didn't have anyone they could work with at outdoor events, festivals, weddings etc.
Ostraca Cornish Shellfish Box is the "1st Official Camel Valley Wine Bar" - and with the new Protected Designation of Origin status for our 'Fal Oyster' - we think we have a winner on any menu with "Cornwall's reply to the French Champagne & Oyster" !
Can't wait... well then you can order online now...
The unique Pop Up Restaurant is now available for hire - weddings, parties, private dining and social gatherings - visit ostraca.co.uk for latest information and contact details
Fal Oyster Ltd. is a member of the Shellfish Association of GB
We are pleased toannounce that Ranger has purchased the oldest vessel of the fleet. 'Shadow' was built by Frank Hitchens of Point Feock in around 1870... She needs a little work, but she will rejoin the Fal Oyster fleet sooner than 'Boy Phil'. If you are interested in sponsoring or funding some of the restorations, please email email@example.com
Free delivery on orders over £50 in September 2013...
With an 'R' in the month natives are back in season in the UK and this was celebrated at the 21st Tabasco British Oyster Opening Competition at J Sheekey's Oyster Bar on 09/09/13 - congratulations Sam from Wiltons... we have some lay stock from the beach available prior to our season starting on the 1st October... Pre order now for the first wild Fal Oysters
Due to popular demand from local chefs, we are pleased to announce we can now supply Porthilly Rock Oysters, Wild Fal Mussels and Camel Valley Wines... check out the store for more details...
The completely unspoilt public bar at the front has a late Victorian counter, shelves and a wooden stillage from around 1898. The beer is served from casks behind the bar the metal stillages were introduced in 1947 and 1949. The white marble counter on the right dates from the days when there was a separate oyster bar - see the brown paper bag in a frame on the wall on the left.
We really thought that with Christmas and New Year falling on a Tuesday the delivery schedule would be a real problem, but we planned well in advance and with the exception of two late deliveries we successfully delivered thousands of oysters to homes and restaurants across the UK and even as far as Kuala Lumper! Thanks to Carn Logistics, Rossmore Oysters and Azah for the big dispatch days... We totally sold out and in fact could have done with another 18 oysters!
A Happy and Prosperous 2013 to you all... Thank you!
Britain's native oysters are in decline, depriving fishermen of a living and food lovers of a wonderful treat. And the best way to save them? Eat more of them...
Read more at
Guardian News Article Susan Smillie The Guardian, Wednesday 7 November 2012 19.30 GMT
The annual Silver Oyster Race was held, at Mylor Yacht Club, in a bracing force-five wind from the north, but this did not deter 13 working boats from commemorating the Truro Oyster fishery’s High Court victory over Truro Corporation on November 5, 1901.
This allowed the oyster fishermen to leave their dredged oysters in bags along the foreshore free of charge, before the catch is sent to market. Since then, November 5 has been a holiday for the oystermen and the custom is for licensed and unlicensed working boats to race, hosted by Mylor Yacht Club, for two silver trophies cast from oyster shells. In the large unlicensed class of boats, two experienced racing crews in Lola and Moon had a close battle all round the course, but ultimately Lola (Sandy Creeder) won by just over a minute. Deliverance (Mike Stratton) sailed an extremely good race to win the small unlicenced class.
In the licensed boats, sailed with their everyday working sails, Alf Smythers (Chris Ranger) pulled out a five-minute lead over Ada (Jason Pascoe) to win this year's Silver Oyster. The prizes were awarded in the bar at Mylor YC by the Commodore, Alan Ramsden.
The race course took the boats through water near St Mawes Bank which, if the recommendations in the Finding Sanctuary report are adopted, may be out of bounds to them in future; this despite the fact that the oystermen themselves have for many decades maintained and, uniquely, worked under sail a successful, sustainable oyster fishery.
On Monday, I was lucky enough to go out and see how oysters are caught. We went out on the Orca Sea Safari and crossed over onto an oyster boat, the Alf Smythers. It was brilliant. I pulled up a dredge and got to sort out and measure the oysters. It's hard work being an oysterman. Sometimes they don't find many at all. The ones that they do find are often too small, or have been damaged by slipper limpets, and have to be thrown back. I had such a good time working with the Oystermen. I won't forget it. Jack P (y5)
Tricks of the trade were on show at the Oyster Festival in Falmouth on Saturday as competitors lined-up for one of the most eagerly awaited events, the chance to be crowned the champion oyster shucker.
The competition always draws big crowds, and this year was no exception as former champions, seasoned festival shuckers and a keen amateur or two went head to head on the main stage.
With ten shuckers racing against the clock to plate the best oysters, judged by experts, the pressure was on as knives flew and oysters were prised open. With the art of opening oysters a tricky one to master there were some who whittled through their piles in record times while others struggled with the mighty molluscs, even using gloves to get a better grip, and to save those fingers from nasty cuts from the sharp knives.
This year saw the judges, seasoned shucker Robert Bunny, and Annie Sibert from My Fish Kitchen, decide on a winner, with Ann Oliver picking up a bottle of champagne, and the honour that goes with the title of best Falmouth Oyster Festival Oyster Shucker.
2:52:56 'no penalties' 2nd place Ranger
3rd place Tristan Hugh Jones
Oyster festival gets underway...
One of my photographs appears on the Classic Boat website
Having come last in 2011 I wanted to show that I could compete with the best shuckers and this year with a time of 2m 52.52 seconds I came second! Yes...
My only complaint was the size of the 12 oysters presented, of which we had to open and present 10 as quickly as possible
Well we have finally achieved one of our main objectives... NO more polystyrene boxes...
Port Health Authority for Falmouth tested the purification tanks and gave the work experience recruits an important lesson on traceability and shellfish production... They also confirmed it was ok to use compostable containers, recycled and recyclable or compostable loose fill in a card board box... So apart from the document wallet or envelope window everything we send you is environmentally conscious and compostable... Oyster shells do wonders for soil when broken up too!
In addition if you are a restaurant or hotel and order more than 60 per week, you could sponsor the rebuild of Boy Phil, which will cost you but will save you at least twice as much... Part of the sponsorship goes towards a state of the art cool box that will securely store your order at the perfect temperature whilst being delivered to you. Another polystyrene box saved from the bins after just one use...
Call or email for more details... Or place an order and see for yourself...
Bye for now