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Scran season 7: Story of the Loch Ryan oysters and Stranraer Oyster Festival

Published: September 8, 2023
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On this episode of Scran we headed west for a very important date in the seafood calendar.

Producer Kelly, videographer Craig and I boarded the Vital Spark with fishermen Rab Lamont and John Mills. The team sailed out into Loch Ryan on the 1 September to catch oysters on the first day of the new season.

Rab, who has been catching oysters on the Loch for 18 years told me all about the only natural oyster bed left in the UK and how they go about catching oysters in season.

Allan Jenkins, from the Stranraer Development Trust also joined the team on the boat to talk to us about the upcoming Oyster Festival which takes place from 15-17 September.

Scran oysters
Picture: Lisa Ferguson

This relatively young festival has been going from strength to strength and expands further this year as you'll hear from Allan.

Once the day's fishing was done they headed to Henry's Bay House Restaurant, one of the most popular in Stranraer, with two dozen oysters and an appetite after the fresh sea air.

The chef owner John Henry shucked the oysters and prepared them for the team to try.

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Known for cake making, experimental jam recipes, Champagne, whisky and gin drinking (and the inability to cook Gnocchi), Rosalind is the Food and Drink Editor and whisky writer for The Scotsman, as well as hosting Scran, The Scotsman's food and drink podcast.

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