The history of the oyster stretches back thousands of years & its impact on culinary culture has been significant. To do the subject justice you would require an encyclopedia, so for our purposes it’s enough to say that oysters were first enjoyed by primitive man over 160, 000 years ago & have developed a rich heritage & culture in the many years since.

Although now considered a luxury item, oysters were traditionally the food of the working class as they were affordable & easily obtained. Edinburgh itself was once famous for its oyster taverns spread across the old town & indeed the headquarters of The Bank Of Scotland, located on the Royal Mile on The Mound sits atop a giant heap of discarded oyster shells.

Today we celebrate this incredible gift from nature both in our restaurants & by the Chop House bar. Enjoying a selection of oysters before your meal allows you to experience these fresh seafood flavours before moving onto a tasty steak. If it's only drinks you're in for it's hard to beat a cocktail, glass of crisp white wine or champagne with freshly shucked oysters. 

Here at Chop House we serve Loch Fyne Oysters who have harvested theirs from the idyllic Loch Fyne since 1978. Their motto, Gaelic phrase ‘Nach Urramach an Cuan’, or ‘How worthy of honour is the sea’ & highlights their philosophy perfectly. The guiding principle behind Loch Fyne Oysters is to present the best on authentic Scottish seafood, sustainability whilst making a positive impact on the community.  After 2-3 years of care & attention on the Loch’s sandy shores, each oyster is graded & purified in filtered natural seawater with only the best hand selected for their customers. The result is a soft with a clean flavour with a zinc finish.

Each week at Chop House you can enjoy these Loch Fyne oysters for only £1.50 each at our Oyster Happy Hour, Monday - Thursday, 4-6pm. Whether or you're an oyster pro or never experienced one this weekly event is the chance to feast on them or try for the first time. 

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