Okay, I know- Rye isn’t technically the seaside (it stands about two miles from the open sea and is at the confluence of three rivers- according to my dear friend Wikipedia). Although it has a harbour- it’s not directly moments away from sandy shores and prickly pebbles, but being a stones throw from Camber Sands, and boasting the charm of an idyllic coastal town I thought it totally appropriate to include the East Sussex spot in my seaside series (my rules, right)? The journey took us a little over an hour and a half, so makes for the perfect sunny day trip too! Buckle up and take note because I promise you’ll want to visit…
The Fig was top of our list for lunch spots, and I’m so glad we had it noted. With a menu bursting with options including salads, brunch favourites and doorstop sandwiches- I could have gladly gone for a few options had Joe been more willing to share (thanks for that one pal). Opting for the avocado, eggs, salmon, dill and capers- we left suitably full and totally impressed with the imaginative and delicious menu.
The Fig, 2 High St, Rye TN31 7JE, United Kingdom
Okay, so we didn’t actually eat in here, but judging by the recommendations for The George, it’s definitely one for any little black books out there. If you’re extending your stay for longer than an evening, or just want to sit down somewhere a little fancy for a lunch or evening meal this is the spot. The boutique inspired rooms are absolutely delectable, and in a prime high street location makes for the perfect base for any afternoon adventures.
98 High St, Rye TN31 7JT, UK
Our first stop, cosied up next to The George was The Shop Next Door. Filled with endless shelves of homewares; including everything from crockery, textiles and candles- it was the ultimate hub of interior inspiration and the perfect place to gather some ideas for the home inspired by the gorgeous hotel next door (down to the patterns and fabrics). I may or may not have left with something too…
High St, Rye TN31 7JT, UK
Ashbee & Co was by far one of my favourite pit stops on our trip, and founded by design duo Solène Boyer and Nicholas Sinclair last year- it’s a beautiful addition to the high street. Stocking everything from soft furnishings, tableware and accessories sourced from around the world- the shop has a real air of quiet confidence meaning you can rest assured knowing you’ve found a seriously sought after gem. With brands including much loved Rifle Paper Co as well as other undiscovered (to me, anyway) gems from across the globe- I could have whiled away some serious hours in here.
100 High St, Rye TN31 7JN, UK
One thing Rye is exceptionally stand out at is its knack for antiques. With endless stores tucked away in winding alleys or nestled amongst the quay- the selection is impressive, varied and makes for the ultimate snooping session. Whether you’re partial to mid century, vintage or particular period pieces there’s a whole selection to peruse and arguably one of the things that makes this little market town so special.
Of all of the antique shops we popped into though, my favourite had to be Crock and Cosy– a crockery and kitchenware shop filled solely with antique and sorbet shaded second hand pieces. Whether you have a sole penchant for nostalgic kitchenaila (all sourced from the Victorian eras up to the 1960s) or simply after a pretty pink dinner set (and let’s face it, who isn’t?) I definitely recommend stopping by.
Strand Quay, Rye TN31 7DB, UK
If you want to play ultimate tourist top trumps then paying to admire the 360 views of Rye from the top of this beautiful church is probably the way to go. On a clear day there’s something pretty romantic about admiring the sights from the tallest spot in town from the tower, and getting to see where the river meets the sea is pretty lovely too. It’s a bit of a climb, but very much worth the couple of pounds for the beautiful architecture and sights. Yes, I am 80.
Lion St, Rye TN31 7LB, UK