Tips for a weekend in Rye?

2 May

My apologies for highjacking this post for my own benefit, but I’m visiting Rye in Sussex this weekend. I’ve wanted to go for ages so I’m really looking forward to it. If you’ve been, can you offer any tips for places to visit, shop or eat?

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Thank you in advance! I’ll post some photos and tips of my own next week. Have a lovely bank holiday weekend – fingers crossed for a glimpse of sunshine!

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10 Responses to “Tips for a weekend in Rye?”

  1. Jo Waterhouse (@JoWaterhouse1) May 6, 2012 at 18:09 #

    Oh Christ! I didn’t check in time. You have to go upstairs at the Tourist Information!

  2. Hannah @ Sparrow + Spark! May 2, 2012 at 12:59 #

    Rye is lovely! I have no tips as I last went there as a child about 20 years ago, but I would love to go back. I hope you have a lovely time!

  3. Lynne May 2, 2012 at 09:34 #

    Did you see my post on Rye recently? There’s a great glass shop run by this guy from antiques roadshow. And, we walked from Camber Sands to Rye which was an hours walk or so – I know that’s getting out of Rye but the beach and sand dunes are amazing (and there’s a great cafe in the Gallivant Hotel)

    • Decorator's Notebook May 2, 2012 at 09:43 #

      Thanks Lynne – yes I did see your post. In fact it’s one of the reasons I got my arse in gear to go. The glass place is firmly on the ‘to do’ list and the walk sounds lovely too. Let’s hope the weather’s nice enough!

  4. Patricia Gill May 2, 2012 at 09:28 #

    Stylist/author Atlanta Bartlett’s shop Pale and Interesting is there, nice for a snoop around. The George Hotel on the high street is stunning, you can have a drink in the bar or lunch in the grill. Have a nosey upstairs, there is a large ballroom that you can hire for parties which is gorgeous. We’ve also eaten in The Ship which has good food, more pub like, it’s down near all the little antiques/bric a brac shops. I bought two folding French style garden chairs for only £20 each down there. And some nice cut glass bits and pieces.
    There’s a lovely hand-drawn map you can pick up locally for free and it points out all the sights and shops.
    Have a great time!

    • Decorator's Notebook May 2, 2012 at 09:44 #

      Thanks Patricia for all your great tips. I am getting so excited (though fear this might be an expensive weekend antiques-wise!).

  5. Mandy May 2, 2012 at 09:28 #

    Another eatery – booking essential at the weekend I should think – is the Ypres Castle Inn – good for Oysters! and other seafood. Tucked away and very cosy. (pronounced “Wipers”)

  6. Mandy May 2, 2012 at 09:18 #

    Rye is so lovely!
    Food
    - a bit of a tourist cliche but if you like pubs, The Mermaid Inn had good food when I last went there – and you are just STEEEEPED in history! It’s a smuggler’s inn dating back almost 1000 years! The street it’s on is pretty too – like the pix you posted.
    Park
    - if you are taking a car, I like the car park beside the road out of Rye to CAMBER. Then look for the staircase up the cliif/hill to the town.
    Shop -
    - there is a fabulous GLASS shop (including lights) on Rope Walk.
    - there are so many little higgledy-piggledy shops in the higgledy-piggledy streets that need exploring if you have time.
    - at the bottom of the hill that the Mermaid Inn is on, there is a group of shops in wooden (old fishermen buildings I think?) – some are antique shops.

    Have fun.

    • Decorator's Notebook May 2, 2012 at 09:45 #

      Thanks Mandy, it’s so great to have tips from people who have been before. “Higgledy-piggledy shops in higgledy-piggledy streets” sounds right up my…er… street!!!

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