Visit Rye, East Sussex

Visit Rye

The harbour town of Rye in East Sussex has always been a popular summer destination and with the beautiful beaches at Camber Sands just a couple of miles away you have the option to explore the many things this pretty town has to offer, and hit the beach on the same day.

Where to eat

1 The Ambrette Rye; 6 High Street, TN31 7JE
Run by pioneering chef Dev Biswal, The Ambrette offers an exotic twist on fine dining. The restaurant prides itself on its use of seasonal, local, sustainable ingredients prepared in an Indian-influenced style. If it’s too hard to choose just one of the delicious mains, opt for the tasting menu – the soft shell crab with locally foraged rock samphire is exquisite!

2 Edith’s House; 105A High Street, TN31 7JE
There are plenty of afternoon teas on offer in Rye but this boutique cafe has a particularly splendid selection. Decorated like a vintage living room, Edith’s has a homely, welcoming atmosphere – even down to the resident dog, Roux. Settle into an armchair and enjoy a white chocolate scone (baked fresh every morning) paired with strawberry and black pepper jam.

3 The Rye Deli; 28B High Street, TN31 7JG
Stop by to sample the Deli’s quiches, salads and cakes freshly made on the premises as well as local jams, honey and other produce. The cheese counter alone is worth a visit to taste some of the local delicacies including best sellers Sussex Crumble and Lord of the Hundreds.

4 Marinos Fish Bar; 37 The Mint, TN31 7EN
You can’t visit Rye without indulging in some traditional fish and chips – and this is the best chippy in town. Sit down to eat in the restaurant or take away and enjoy al fresco by the harbour.

Where to stay

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1 The George; 98 High Street, TN31 7JT
This recently renovated hotel, which dates back to 1575, is one of the most luxurious in Rye with 34 individually designed bedrooms.

2 The Ship Inn; The Strand, TN31 7DB
Once a warehouse used for storing contraband seized from smugglers, the Ship is now an inn with 10 en-suite bedrooms, restaurant and bar.

3 The Mermaid Inn; Mermaid Street, TN31 7EY
Situated on one of Rye’s original cobbled stone streets, this charming inn, which was rebuilt in 1420 and is one of the oldest in the country, will transport guests back in time.

Where to drink

1 Olde Worlde Wines; 56 Cinques Ports Street, TN31 7AN
Visit this wine merchant turned trendy wine bar on a Friday for a lively night with friendly locals and staff. Not only will the bar be buzzing but you’ll also be able to sample delicious, fresh foccacia from local baker The Lazy Bakery alongside your wine.

2 Knoops; Tower Forge, Hilders Cliff, TN31 7LD
Chocoholics must visit unique, specialist hot chocolate bar Knoops (pronounce the K) for a steaming bowl of the best quality hot chocolate. Choose from a variety of cocoa percentages and staff can advise on the best flavour pairings. Popular choices include 39% premium milk chocolate or, for something more experimental, 54% with chilli and orange.

3 The Standard Inn; 33 The Mint, TN31 7EN
This vibrant 15th century pub with stunning original features is the perfect place to warm yourself by the fire on a winter’s evening. For the most authentic experience, ask for a bottle of beer from local craft beer brewery The Three Legs.

Where to shop

Grammar school records

1 Britcher and Rivers’ Sweetshop; 109 High Street, TN31 7JS
Pick up a sugary souvenir for friends and family at this traditional 1920s sweet shop where a huge range of confectionery is sold by weight from old fashioned jars lining the walls.

2 Cinque Ports Street; East Sussex TN31 7AD
Wander through the impressive selection of antique shops running parallel to the high street to hunt for collectables amongst the vintage jewellery, furniture, porcelain and other curios.

3 Grammar School Records; High Street, TN31 7JF
Situated in the historic Thomas Peacocke grammar school building, this is one of the leading independent record shops in the UK. Music lovers can browse through a huge collection of new and used records, CDs, DVDs, cassettes and 8-track cartridges.


What to do 

1 The Parish Church of St Mary; Lion Street, TN31 7LB
St Mary’s boasts one of the oldest functioning church turret clocks in the country. Weather permitting, visitors can climb the tower through the bell chamber to see the medieval clock at work and enjoy the best views in Rye from the top.

2 Rye Arts and Crafts Fair; Rye Community Centre, Conduit Hill, TN31 7LE
An enjoyable fair with a whole host of beautiful arts and crafts by local artists as well as delicious, reasonably priced tea and cakes.

3 Rye Gallery; 107 High Street, TN31 7JE
Housed in two listed heritage buildings, the gallery’s high quality permanent collection and range of regularly changing exhibitions and talks are well worth a visit.

For more dining and shopping recommendations, see our new issue of Good Things magazine, out now.

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