Bigbury is an idyllic village set within the South Hams one of the most desirable areas to live in the UK. The Oyster Shack is perched upon the Tidal Road, set behind the Avon Estuary; an area of outstanding natural beauty. A mere 5 minutes drive (or lovely walk) is Bigbury on Sea, featuring the stunning Bigbury Beach and famous Burgh Island.
Rewind to 1989 and The Oyster Shack was bursting with row upon row of oyster purification tanks, where the oysters would be purified after maturing in the River Avon. Oyster lovers would arrive in droves, bringing with them a packed lunch, shucking their own oysters and tucking in with some crusty bread and a bottle of wine (or two). People would pitch up with their own deckchairs and while away an afternoon in the peace and quiet of the Avon Valley. Thus in an organic way, The Oyster Shack was born. Keeping this ethos alive, the trade area has been extended on to the concrete patch to provide seating inside and outside - winters are rustic and cosy indoors by the fire whilst summertime is enjoyed ‘Al Fresco’. The Oyster Shack’s motto is “Local and sustainable seafood, cooked to perfection, with heaps of soul”. With this in mind the menu is hand crafted daily, according to the seafood that is available locally and what is in season in the surrounding areas. The service is welcoming, charming and relaxed. “A restaurant with heart” a quote from Tom Parker-Bowles. The Oyster Shack is regularly featured in the press, from regional magazines to National Broadsheets and industry publications. Regularly named as one of the top “seafood restaurants” in Devon and the UK. This is a core example of the attention that the business naturally gains due to its longstanding heritage. The restaurant has been awarded the AA Rosette for the past 3 years, a TripAdvisor Award for Excellence and the Shack has also been mentioned in the Michelin Guide and Good Food Guide.