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OUR HERITAGE

HERITAGE

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.

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ABOUT US

West Whelks is a world renowned seafood retail and wholesale supplier based in Kent UK, offering some of the very finest oysters, fresh fish and crustacea.

West Whelks Shellfish can trace its origins back to the 1800s; indeed, it is one of the oldest shellfish companies in Europe and has a long, rich history of catching the famous “Whitstable Native Oyster“.

But Whitstable oysters go even further back, almost two thousand years, to when the Romans discovered them and, regarding them as a delicacy, shipped them back live to Rome. More recently, we have established a foot hold in the emerging Asian markets as well as retained our European and UK markets.

Many years ago oysters were heavily dredged from Whitstable and you could see a large fleet of oyster smacks moored off the beach waiting to dredge the oyster beds, but from the turn of the century a number of factors conspired against the oyster industry – cold winters, the two World Wars, the great flood of 1953 and, not least, the introduction of battered seafood. Why not order fresh seafood online from the West Whelks Whitstable Native Oyster Store

85%%

Market Share

Whitstable Oysters, Irish Oysters, Whitstable Native Oysters

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Market Share

Whelks, Fresh - Live, Cooked, Picked, Frozen

100%%

Quality

Known For Our Quality, We Only Supply 100% Quality Seafood

WE SUPPLY

PRODUCTS

Fresh/Processed Whelks, Cockles, Oysters (Native, Pacific, Whitstable/UK/Ireland), Clams, Lobsters, Mussels, Winkles, Crabs, Frozen Live/Processed, and more…

HARBOUR SIDE FOOD

West Whelks opens a pop-up eatery during the Spring - Summer - Autumn months on the West Quay of Whitstable Harbour.

ONLINE ORDERING

Wherever you are, we offer secure online product ordering via Whitstable Native Oyster Store.

WHOLESALE WORLD WIDE

West Whelks wholesale locally, Nationally and Internationally.

MICHELIN, LES ROUTIERS…

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West Whelks supplies a number of recognised restaurants across the UK (World Even) and supplier to the Royal Household for Oysters.

OUR CUSTOMERS

FEEDBACK

  • Have used and sold to this great family run business for many years only the finest quality from these guys hardworking clean and above all the most knowledgeable seafood family on the kent coast . A must visit when in whitstable kent for the finest quality seafood youll be mad to miss if you like all seafood they also have…

    Andy White
  • The best place in Whitstable to buy oysters. The oldest & the best value! Be careful though as it’s not always open.

    JWTBee
  • My husband and I went to Whitstable for a walk. We walked along the harbour and stopped here. We had crab claws, breaded king prawn and white-bate and 2 drinks. It was great value all this for under £7. The food was so fresh. A great find. Go and try for your self.

    Emma C

Les Routiers Restaurant Supplier

MEET THE

MANAGEMENT

Graham West

Owner - MD

Jean West

Advisor

Derek West

Advisor

WHITSTABLE IS SUCH A DELIGHTFUL PIECE OF THE UK

PRINCE CHARLES

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