Oysters - snacking food for the paupers
Just like lobster, oysters were once a food of the poor. In Charles Dickens’ the Pickwick Papers, Sam Weller remarks to Mr Pickwick that “It is very remarkable circumstances, Sir that poverty and oysters always seem to go together.” In the 19th Century and earlier, oysters were served with beer in taverns, battered, fried in soups and pies. The practice of swallowing them whole came about because so many people disliked the texture. Despite that, over-consumption lad to a lack of supply and by the twentieth century the posh wanted in.
Want to sample some of the best and freshest oysters in Great Britain? Gurneys Fish shop at Burnham Market in Norfolk is the place to go. Based in a charming little village, this brightly painted shop is as traditional as they come and is now a Mecca for seafood of all kinds, attracting fans from all over the country. If you want to visit then stay the Old Hunstanton Le Strange Arms Hotel, BW Signature Collection and enjoy the rest of the best that Norfolk has to offer.
In fact, all these so called ‘posh’ treats can be found up and down the country at Best Western hotels, so get stuck in and book your next foodie getaway today.