Oyster Isles is a journey around the oysters of the British Isles and Ireland, showing how their story is interwoven into the fabric of our history, culture, nature and people.
‘Bobby’s oyster travelogue is an ambitious, one-of-a-kind piece that shines a spotlight on the extraordinary and the everyday of the industry. It’s the stuff that oyster bucket lists are made of’ Julie Qiu, In A Half Shell blog
‘A masterpiece’ Sandy Ingber, Executive Chef of the Grand Central Oyster Bar, New York
‘An amazing tome . . . The stories behind each oyster and location are informative, in depth, but, most importantly, fun’ Michel Roux Jr
The oyster is deeply embedded in our geographical, historical and socio-cultural landscape. Five-thousand-year-old oyster shells have been discovered in the northern reaches of Scotland, and oyster shells are littered along the extinct riverbeds deep beneath London. A highly prized delicacy for the Romans, the oyster has always been a class leveller: an everyman food of the poor during the 1800’s to a food of decadence during the twentieth century. It is a superfood; a biological water meter; an ecological superpower. We love the oyster!
Bobby Groves, Head of Oysters at the Chiltern Firehouse, takes us on a wonderful journey; a five-thousand-mile motorcycle odyssey of Britain and Ireland’s spectacular coastlines. He vividly brings to life the story of the oyster, shining a light on its rich and vibrant history, its cultural impact and ecological importance as well as those oyster folk who work so hard to protect them.
Part travelogue, part social history, Oyster Isles is a celebration of the much-loved yet much-misunderstood oyster.