We did have some lovely lunches outside in May and I am keeping my fingers firmly crossed that the rest of the summer will be warm and lovely. With two Bank Holiday weekends in May we had a brilliant time seeing lots of old friends returning to the Shack and also meeting many new friends down here on holiday. I love the fact that so many new customers say that they have heard of us through word of mouth and come to try for themselves. Thank you for spreading the word that we have been serving the best seafood since 1989! Remember only tell your best friends!
Our summer menu looks fantastic, Head Chef Martin has worked with our local suppliers and has designed a great choice of dishes to suit everyone. We are delighted to announce that we have a new wine supplier, Bibendum Wines, who have supplied us with a brilliant choice of wines to compliment our seafood. Here is just a teaser of some of them, a White MACABEO – PEZ DE RIO, from CARINENA, SPAIN, a PINOT GRIGIO – SPEE’WAH from the Murray Darling Valley in AUSTRALIA, or a GRILLO- FONDO ANTICO. We also have one of the most iconic Rose wines called WHISPERING ANGEL from Provence, which scored 9/10 in Decanter magazine recently. The dessert wine we have chosen is called VALDIVIESO ECLAT BOTRYTIS SEMILLON from CHILE. We think that you will love these new selections and we would be very interested to hear what you think.
On the subject of wines we would like to thank Liam and Red and White Wines for the fabulous labels they have supplied us over the past 8 years. Liam is continuing Red and White but concentrating its attention on different areas of the wine trade particularly retail, so unfortunately will not be supplying us any longer. The Oyster Shack was Liam’s first account and as with all our suppliers, building a lasting relationship is the key. But we are very happy to announce that we will be holding WINESTOCK again this year on Sunday 8th September in conjunction with Red & White wines. To order your tickets at £30 per person from 10th June onwards, please click on this link http://www.red-white.co.uk/WINESTOCK-DEVON4-p-658.asp?preview=1 Last year we sold out very quickly, so don’t wait!! (Unfortunately, we are unable to sell any tickets from the Oyster Shack)
We have got some lovely family gatherings coming up this summer, a wedding reception, a christening party, a couple of birthdays. Also we are holding a coffee morning in aid of Barnardos to support the 2013 White Hat Rally car rally on 22nd June. If you are interested in supporting this charity, please go onto their website and take a look at the route www.whitehatrally.org
Don’t forget that it is Fathers Day on Sunday 16th June. Book early to avoid disappointment.
Our Picnic and BBQ hampers containing freshly prepared seafood have just had an exciting re vamp. They are perfect if you have friends you are entertaining or have a special occasion and you want to take the hassle out of the preparation. We also have an off license so you can order wines, beers and soft drinks to take away with you. They have been successfully going for 2 years now and you can place the order through our website www.oystershack.co.uk. Unfortunately we don’t deliver these so pick up is essential. Also, don’t forget our gift vouchers, to treat someone just give us a ring and we will sort it out for you.
A big thank you to Julian and Angie Bond for following on from Tony and Dilys Doughty’s picnic last year by asking us to create a very special picnic hamper for 22 guests at the annual ‘Crolf’ event on the 25th May. Half Lobster, Devon Crab and Asparagus tart and a selection of Westcountry Cheeses to name just a few elements of the seafood banquet. Suffice to say there were a lot of hampers!
We welcome some lovely new Crew members both Front of House and in the Kitchen, we hope they will have a great time working with us. And we are saying goodbye to some other Crew members who have been with us for many years. We wish them the best of luck in their new jobs and hope that they return to the Shack to see us when they are back down in Devon.
Lastly, look what we found inside one of our oysters last week!!!!
In the nine years and over 150,000 oysters sold, we have never seen a pearl in any of them. It is a very rare find indeed!!!
Thanks for reading! Chris & the Crew