Guide to Rye


All your drinking requirements are catered for in Rye. Ancient beamed bars and historic pubs (most of them freehouses) serve local beers, fine wines, and good food. We've drunk in all of them but these are the ones we go back to.


Rye has some great restaurants, and most of them take full advantage of the area's local produce, from Romney Marsh lamb to Hastings crab. If you want to dine out at the weekend, it's best to book.

Cafes and Tea Rooms

Refresh and refuel with a stop-off at one of Rye's cafes and tea shops.


Rye has just a few chain shops and a lot of independents. Trawling its eclectic vintage/antique shops can take a day in itself, and many places present their wares beautifully, making the shopping experience itself a joy, regardless of whether you buy.

Things to do in Rye

Immerse yourself in Rye's centuries of history: climb a medieval church tower, visit Henry James' home, or play on the penny arcades. Then head to the harbour for quiet beaches, wild walks and coastal birdlife.

Near Rye

Rye is handily placed for wonderful beaches (both the family resort kind, and the nobody-around-for-miles kind), picturesque towns, gardens, castles, galleries and museums. Here are just a few ways to fill up your days.