Pop Up Venue - Pop Up Lab
Sorry, OSTRACA was prevented from trading as a retail outlet at Mylor Harbour in 2019
and is now CLOSED indefinitely as a pop up restaurant & bar...
However, we are in the process of converting it to being a
#PopUpLab (science laboratory) for
#SavingESTER the Cornish Native Oyster
We are back, but not as you have seen us before...
Our shellfish processing unit ‘Cornish Native Oysters’ has been at Mylor Yacht Harbour since September 2009 and we did our 1st pop up ‘Oyster Wink’ at The Front Fal a month later. Then we hosted the 1st ‘Oyster Gathering’ at Mylor in March 2010, so to celebrate a 10th anniversary ‘Ostraca’ has popped up next door sell all sorts of shellfish and to provide shellfish snacks, including hand picked Crab, which you can take home or enjoy aboard... bring the kids and we will show you around!
Port Eliot Festival - The Walled Garden
Fal Oyster presents Ostraca Pop Up
Oh how we had a laugh, even in the tough conditions we still served the finest seafood, as seen in this photo...
Quick Royal Visit by HRH Duke & Duchess of Cornwall
Thank you Enys Gardens for a great Food Jam
May 2017 - Deal in Kent
Wedding Oysters for Rosie & Jamie
Thank you Rosie!
We have not found a residency pitch yet this summer, so are you looking to hire a pop up and see how it goes before investing? if so please take a look at
Photo: Sean Gee - Bare Foot Media - Ostraca @ Carlyon Beach 2015
We are still looking for more pop up sites for 2017... but we will pop up soon so watch this space or sign up to newsletter for details
In 2017 we are planning a few tours, visiting 15 oyster producers while show casing the 64 UK Protected Food Names
2016 as seen on #Crinnis @CarlyonBeach
A HIDDEN PEARL AT CARLYON BEACH - July 2016
For those that haven’t heard yet, Carlyon Beach St. Austell (the old site of the Cornwall Coliseum) is reopen to the public and has been totally transformed into long sandy beach with a pop up food and drink area
Amongst the dunes is a real pearl, one of Cornwall’s regulars on the street food circuit ‘Ostraca’ - a 20ft shipping container converted in to a mini restaurant seating 4 inside (perfect for those summer showers), 12 on the front terrace overlooking the bay towards Charlestown and Mevagissey and can also serve many more on the beach banquet tables from the take away menu
Whilst the car park is charging £2 per day, Ostraca are offering to refund your parking when you spend £25 or more and if you prefer to walk and enjoy the coast then maybe a free cup of tea with any hot meal will warm the cockles when you pop up
A new menu is available through the summer, with a little more focus on kids so we have ‘crab claws’, ‘fish fingers’ and ‘steak soldiers’ as well as local apple juice and homemade lemonade
With a full Cornish bar, fresh seafood and local steaks served daily 10-late it’s a great place to escape, but if the weather is unsettled it is a good idea to reserve the indoor seating and give the chef an idea of your favourite shellfish so he can have it landed especially to order
Finally, if you are heading to Carlyon Beach for any of the theatre events this summer then you can call and reserve a bespoke ‘Ostraca Beach Hamper’ that will be available for your collection prior to the show
Our own unique pop up restaurant @OstracaCornwall has already been seen at several stunning locations (see photos below) and we have hosted @PopUpFineDining for many intimate parties... we can also do weddings, events and @PopUpGatherings if you would like to book us for a meal or privately hire us, please call on 07807 290315
#Crinnis #PopUp @CarlyonBeach opened summer 2015...
Daily changing menu - some days crab, some days mussels
but always oysters...
Our usual opening times 10am-10pm
but check the weather and call us if you would like to reserve a table
Easter Week - Prince of Wales Pier, Falmouth
Friday - Lemon Airs on a cold and wet evening ! Many thanks gentlemen!
My last 'cupid idea'...
Cupid's Pop Up Valentine's #ShellfishBRUT, St Michael's Hotel Falmouth February 2015
Valentine's Weekender 14-16 February
Half Term 16-20 February
near St Michael's Hotel & Spa
limited availability so book at our home page soon Cupid ;)
You Shellfish BRUT - Truro Piazza 21-23 November 2014...
#FalOysterWink on Customs House Quay October 2014
Rock Oyster Festival July 2014 (set up day, it rained on the Saturday)
We have used the box for the Fal Oyster Gathering on Prince of Wales Pier in Falmouth at the end of March, we are holding a second mini Pop Up Gathering to sell the last of the seasons Cornish Native Oysters and to celebrate the wild Fal Mussel that is harvested by hand from the edges of the Fal Oyster & Mussel Fishery.
Easter Weekend 2014 - Wednesday 16th til Tuesday 22nd April
Prince of Wales Pier, Falmouth, Cornwall
We will be serving the freshest fish and shellfish landed by local day boats, the last of the seasons Fal Oysters accompanied by Rebel Brewing Co's Fal Oyster Stout (2nd limited edition), Skinners Pennycomequick, Camel Valley Wines and the newest arrival to Falmouth is the Tres Hombres Rum landed from the only sail cargo vessel!!
Wednesday 16th - Tuesday 22nd 1000-1000
Prince of Wales Pier, Falmouth, Cornwall. TR11 3DF
After that we are available for hire, either as a private function room with a full field kitchen/galley, or as an independent catering unit. We supply the box, the kitchen, the staff and the shellfish to bring you an all inclusive pop-up fine dining experience... Weddings, private functions, festivals and pop-up gatherings
Ostraca having the decking laid at the quarry
We already have a few ideas of festivals we would like to attend: Fal River Festival, Pendennis Cup, Falmouth Sea Shanty, Rock Oyster Festival, Glastonbury, Falmouth Tall Ships and the 1st Great British Oyster Festival in September with the first stock of Fal Oysters from the 2014 season...
Follow our footsteps and join us at future gathering by following
or simply contact
Ostraca - Cornish Shellfish Box - Opened 28th March 2014 - www.ostraca.co.uk - @OstracaShellfish
Ostraca - from Greek dictionary Ostracon meaning oyster shell, ostraca is a vote scribed on an object that resembles an oyster shell, which is cast into a box and the loser (or winner - it's a lotto!) is the first out or one with the most votes...
Ostraca is just a 'fabrication' of my imagination in 2009 when I purchased a 40ft shipping container to set up Cornish Native Oysters. That 40ft was swapped for a 14ft so we had an approved premises for the purification of shellfish for sale live.
Now we bring you a 20ft container pop up Fal Oyster Box
We have worked with a local project management company specializing in converting shipping containers, a local distributor of them, a local company for the highest standard of non-slip decking in the UK? a local paint finisher to give it that 'we are over here' factor and even a local film company to help us archive some of the work on the fishery.
We are about to bring you the 1st dedicated Fal Oyster Bar, well it is in a shipping container so 'box'. We will be taking our box on tour whilst we look for a semi permanent pitch, for when we aren't on tour ...
Crowds needed... find us soon on CrowdFunder for information.