West Whelks is a import-to-process-to export shellfish company head-quartered in the south east of the UK, supplying whelks, oysters, clams, cockles, and lobsters throughout the UK, Europe and Asia.
We have been in operation for over 150 years, and established permanently as West Whelks since 1947.
We also run a retail subsidiary known as Whitstable Native Oyster Store where our retail sector customers can purchase online some of our products.
We have been running a retail business outside of our old factory on the West Quay in Whitstable for many years at the weekends and also offer exclusive outside catering for special occasions…
We supply numerous michelin star restaurants and have continued the tradition of having Whitstable Native Oysters served on some of the top tables in the world.
West Whelks is a company steeped in history, recognised as one of the oldest shellfish fishing Families in the UK, with the oldest fisherman at the helm “Derek West” keeping an ever watchful eye on his legacy.
Today owned by the youngest son Graham West who has brought the company in to the 21st century over the last 20+ years.