Refresh and refuel with a stop-off at one of the Rye’s cafes and tea shops.
A sweet (in every way) tearoom that sells delicious home-made cakes, scones and jam, plus loose-leaf tea and great coffee. Star of the show, though, is Roux, the friendly, laid-back French bulldog.
Occupying a prime spot at the foot of pretty Mermaid Street, this cafe could be thoroughly mediocre and still turn a profit – but thankfully, it’s a little wonder, with jolly, slightly beachy decor that’s thoroughly welcoming. The front counter groans with cakes, pastries and other treats; pop in for a takeaway coffee or ice-cream, or take a seat for a great breakfast (prepared by the hotel kitchen upstairs), a cream tea or a light lunch – the Scotch eggs are recommended.
Probably the best hot chocolate you’ll ever have: select a type of chocolate (from white to super-strong dark), then add extras like orange zest, cinnamon and even a shot of booze. Very bad. But very good.
Set on a tiny cobbled side-street, this is the place to go for the traditional afternoon tea treatment. A good selection of loose-leaf teas are served, along with cakes, scones and light lunches.
Pop down to the harbour for a fry-up or lunch at this little cafe. It does the full English and various breakfast permutations, plus family-friendly food like burgers and paninis at lunch. You can burn it off afterwards with a walk round the Rye Habour nature reserve next door.
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