About our Cockles

Cockles (Cerastoderma edule) are small, edible bivalves that live on open sandy areas of the intertidal zone, feeding in shallow water when submerged and burying themselves just under the ground surface while the tide is out.

Traditionally sold with winkles and whelks, cockles have been a popular British seaside snack for many years. They were also sold outside London pubs by vendors who, in the absence of scales, used a pint glass as a measure. They’ve been sold by the pint ever since.

Cockles still grow naturally in several areas around the coast of Britain but the cockles caught, cooked and sold by Osborne Bros are sourced from the Thames Estuary where they have been growing for centuries.

The season to catch cockles runs for around five months of the year from June to September/October time.  Once caught, the cockles are brought back in on the boat, unloaded into the factory and cooked, washed and packed ready to be sold locally, nationally and internationally.