How it all Started!

Aisling spent years studying and working abroad before returning to her roots and settling back in her hometown of Sligo. When she returned Aisling opened a café named WB’s Coffee House in 2014 located in the premises which used to be the family pub named The Punchbowl opened by her father Kevin in 1968. Aisling has very fond memories of there as a child and some of the original features of this pub remain here today. The café is situated across from the famous statue of W.B Yeats in Sligo Town on Stephen St which is where the cafes name originates from.  

Aisling studied Business and Tourism before travelling to San Francisco to see the sights and build up her hospitality skills. Through her travels Aisling gained invaluable experience which ranged from the service industry to organizing group travel and educational tours.  

It was when Aisling met her now husband Glenn who is an oyster farmer she was first introduced to oysters and it is from here she developed her love for all things oysters! After almost 4 years in business and bringing all her experience on a professional level and her personal connections together Aisling developed the Sligo Oyster Experience in 2018 after spotting a niche in the market.

Reviews

Thank you so much for being a part of our wedding! The oysters were beyond delicious and made such a WOW impact for our guests. Please let me know if I can ever pass along recommendations, though I am sure you are staying very busy! Thank you again for everything!

Brynn Gingas (Melia), CNN Correspondent

Thank you so much Aisling for the wonderful town tour and magnificent oysters this afternoon – best we have ever had!

Maureen & Brian Fryer-Kelsey

Thank you very much for that most enjoyable and interesting tour and oyster feast. We both had a great time and will certainly pass the word along with a high recommendation.

Elma and Paul

I hope you are doing well and remember me and my sister Veronica who visited your shop a few weeks ago and enjoyed delicious oysters!    We had a great time and told everyone in Ireland to eat Sligo oysters!

Visitor from Florida

We’ve been named on GoAdventure as one of the top 10 food experiences in Ireland for food lovers!

We are delighted that the Oyster Farm Tour has made it on this list among so many other great food experiences, click here to find out more!

Wild Atlantic Oysters from Sligo Bay

We source our Oysters from the Wild Atlantic Oyster company, which represents the oyster producers in Sligo Bay, on Ireland’s North West coast.

Sligo Bay has numerous inlets with ideal conditions for the cultivation of oysters, and has a history of oyster cultivation over two centuries.

The producers specialise in the cultivation of the Pacific oyster species Crassostrea Gigas, which they source from their own shellfish hatchery on the shores of Sligo Bay. The Producers comprise a shellfish hatchery company, located on the shores of Sligo Bay at Lissadell, and three shellfish farming companies.

Learn more about Sligo and The Wild Atlantic Way here, and if you would like to know more information on Taste The Atlantic click here.

Have an occasion coming up? Check out the Wild Atlantic Oyster Cart!

Sligo Oyster Farm Tour

11 a.m. every Friday. Private farm tours are available Monday to Friday.

  • Enjoy a unique seafood experience, the ​Sligo Oyster Farm Tour​ guided by Aisling owner of Sligo Oyster Experience.
  • Learn all about Sligo’s ancient seafood.
  • Get exclusive access to a long established working oyster farm producing delicious oysters.
  • Learn about the care, craft and expertise that goes into growing Sligo Bay Oysters from a tiny seed all the way to your plate.
  • Take in the views of the iconic mountains of Benbulben and Knocknarea, the grand expanse of Sligo Bay and learn how land and sea together influence the taste of our oysters.
  • Complete the experience by enjoying oysters by the shore with a local craft beer, bubbles and refreshments.

*Open*

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Private Tasting at Sligo Oyster Bar

In WB’s Coffee House, Stephen Street, Sligo Town. We can accommodate a bubble from 4-10 people. Contact us to book.

  • Indulge in Sligo Bay Oysters at the Oyster Bar in WB’S Coffee House while you are guided by owner Aisling through the history and current farming methods of harvesting oysters on the Wild Atlantic Way.
  • You will be taught how oysters are harvested and learn the tricks of the trade with an oyster shucking demonstration.
  • Then it’s time to relax with a selection of naked and dressed Oysters with a glass of carefully selected wine to compliment the oysters.
  • We also have a selection of Sligo craft beer and our full café menu available.

Mussels tasting available on request. Please let us know in advance.

*Currently closed due to COVID 19 restrictions*

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Visit WB’s Coffee House, Sligo

The coffee house and artisan craft shop is located at 11 Stephen Street, Abbeyquarter North, Sligo Town. The coffee house opened its door in 2014 and inspired Aisling to create the Sligo Oyster Experience. There is a full Cafe menu, deli counter as well our Oyster Bar. We also offer private Oyster tastings.

Visit WB’s Coffee House