The Company Shed

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The Company Shed is primarily a fishmonger, but this café is a hugely successful side-line for owners Richard and Heather Hayward, who also have an oyster farm. Located among the salt marshes and boatyards of West Mersea, most of the catch is purchased from local fishermen, who dock just 200m along the shore. Customers squeeze around rough-hewn communal tables and are expected to bring their own bread and wine, but no one cares when the prize is the freshest shellfish and crustacea imaginable: try the mighty seafood platter loaded with half a crab, prawns (peeled and shell-on), smoked mackerel, smoked salmon and a giant, juicy crevette. Lobster is often available too, along with other treats that the boats have brought in. No fuss, no frills, no bookings and cash only, but “worth the two-hour drive from London” insists a fan.

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££££ - Under £30
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Location for The Company Shed

129 Coast Road, West Mersea, Colchester, Essex, CO5 8PA

01206 382700


Opening Times

Tues-Sun 9am-5pm (Sun 10am- )

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2 Reviews 

Ed W

10 September 2012  
There is not much one has to say about the company shed, It's delicious freshly prepared fish at its best! I would recommend arriving early if you are a group of more than 4 it does get busy and you will have to wait, but it is worth it. Get yourself on the black board and then go for a walk and enjoy the pebbly beaches, oyster beds and weather beaten fishermen that were probably catching your lunch hours before. When you do sit down I suggest having a platter and a selection of hot dishes, you can't really go wrong. Don't forget to take some bread and wine!
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chiara Z

18 July 2009  
A place to try if you fancy a bit of seafood. We visited on a sunny Thursday lunch-time and got there in less than an hour and a half from London, which is less that what it takes sometimes to cross the city. Remember to take your wine, bread, butter and mayo, there are a couple of supermarkets on the way there and there is a bakery less than a mile away. Glasses are provided and you help yourself to them straight off the shelves. We sat in the sun awaiting for ‘our’ table for about 30 minutes. We had some wine and bread whilst waiting and had a friendly chat with the other customers who all have seemed to have travelled in excess of 50 miles to get to this place. We were sited in a table for 4 and shared with another couple. We went a bit overboard in terms of ordering. Whilst most people seemed happy to share the platter we thought we would made the most of it. From the hot food we ordered scallops, king prawns and razor clams. (scallops and king prawns were amazing). From the cold food we ordered lobster, oysters, langoustines and a whole crab. The oysters were incredibily fresh and the langoustine and the crab delicious. Lobster was nice but I fancy it better grilled with some chips than plainly boiled. I have to say we were pretty full after all that, however completely worth it. The bill? £40 for two! That's what you call value for money. We went for a walk around the beach and had a nice ice-cream at the black pearl coffee bar. We were back in London in no times after an exciting and delicious experience.
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