As part of our campaign to promote North Devon’s fish and seafood, we spoke to The Glorious Oyster in Westward Ho!

A Westward Ho! oyster seller is proudly promoting shellfish farmed in the Taw and Torridge Estuary.

Lyndsay Platt, of the Glorious Oyster, runs her horsecart business selling fresh North Devon seafood on the seafront in Westward Ho!

Lyndsay loves seeing people’s reactions to trying oysters for the first time, and said: “I think oysters are misunderstood.

“People expect them to be a lot of things but are often pleasantly surprised, especially children.

“I have always loved oysters and got the idea from my local fishmonger when I lived in Bristol, who used to sell them on the street every Saturday.

“It’s nice seeing people’s reactions – people often say they taste like holidays or the seaside.”

Lyndsay said she loves selling locally farmed shellfish because you know exactly where they have come from.

“You can see the purification tanks the oysters come from; or you can go down to the fishery and find out exactly which boat your catch has come in on,” she told the Gazette.

“It’s also more sustainable – they haven’t travelled as far.”

As well as mussels and oysters, Lyndsay sells fresh crab and lobster, caught by S&P Fisheries in Ilfracombe, when in season.

Lyndsay is a member of the National Lobster Hatchery, and will be adding an ‘opt out’ donation of £1.50 to every lobster sold.

She said: “It means for every lobster sold, another, baby lobster is released back into the sea.

“I think it’s a nice way to give something back and as far as I know I’m the only place in North Devon who does this.”

From sea to plate: Each week the Gazette will be telling the stories of the seafood you eat as part of our Get Hooked on North Devon Fish campaign, in association with Northern Devon Fisheries Local Action Group (FLAG).