The George in Rye Pub with rooms in Rye, East Sussex

Prices from:
£135 per night

David Hancock says:

  • Stylish venue; heart of Rye
  • George Tap; classic pub
  • Informal Grill; local seasonal food
  • Fab bedrooms ooze detail touches
  • Don’t miss Katie’s shop next door

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Overview

The George in Rye Rye, East Sussex, TN31 7JT

The personal touch

For Alex and Katie Clarke, bringing this down-at-heel 16th-century coaching inn in the centre of Rye back to life a decade or so ago was a labour of love. They adopted its stunning interior and smart courtyard with passion and enthusiasm and the locals and visitors love the place. At its heart is the George Tap, a classic pub complete with heavy ships timbers forming ceiling beams, a roaring winter fire, and Harvey’s Sussex Ale on draught. Elsewhere, along rambling corridors and under steeply pitched roofs, urban cool bedrooms come in all shapes and sizes, from intimate standard rooms to lavish junior suites, and while beds may be either antique or modern, they are all made up with Italian Frette linen sheets. Tivoli clock radios, walk-in showers (if it’s not a roll top bath) and Ren smellies are all standard issue. The atmospheric bar gives on to the contemporary and very casual George Grill where fresh, locally sourced meat and Rye Bay seafood are cooked on the wood-charcoal grill in the open-to-view kitchen; roast lobster with chilli, fennel and garlic, fish and seafood stew; roast poussin with tarragon mayonnaise. Excellent breakfasts and afternoon teas are further pluses.

Sticky fingers

Children are very welcome throughout The George; smaller portions of certain dishes are served and extra z-beds and cots are available. Why not book the Hayloft junior suite; there’s a raised kid’s sleeping pod (for two) replete with steps and flatscreen TV

Muddy paws

Dogs are allowed in the bar but not overnight in the bedrooms

Alfresco

The sheltered, plant festooned courtyard garden is the place to drink and dine alfresco on warm summer days – arrive early to bag a table

What’s the Damage?
29 doubles/twin & 5 junior suites – £135-£295 per night

What Else?

  • All credit cards taken
  • Alfresco dining
  • Private dining/function room
  • Disabled access to bar & restaurant
  • No parking; drop off outside; park in station car park

Gongs
Good Hotel Guide

Sleep

The George in Rye Rye, East Sussex, TN31 7JT

Do not disturb

Katie Clarke and design partner Maria Speake of Retrouvius sourced fabrics, furnishings and individual pieces from an eclectic range of established brands, reclamation yards and local designers, including handcrafted furniture from Hollands of Rye, to refurbish the George from top to toe. Rambling corridors under steeply pitched roofs lead to 34 fabulous rooms and suites, which exude a sense of relaxation, calm and comfort; all are individually styled with bold colours, rich fabrics, beautiful artwork and stunning bathrooms. They come in all shapes and sizes; choose a compact and cosy Queen room, perhaps Arts & Crafts Room 4 or the homely den of Room 3 with its seaside feel, or upgrade to a Luxury room such as Room 40, Katie’s take on a luxury wood-clad fisherman’s hut, or splash out on one of the truly romantic Junior Suites – decadent Room 41 has a loose Miami meets Rye theme to the décor, a nickel double roll-top bath, and a private patio. Whichever one you choose you can expect high levels of comfort and great attention to detail.

Creature comforts

Vi-sprung beds; Frette linen; William & Holland copper & zinc baths; Ren Bathroom Products; bathrobes; fresh tea, coffee & milk; homemade biscuits

Gadgets

Smart TVs; Ruark ipod docks; free Wi-Fi

Pampering

Unwind and distress with an in-room massage, reflexology treatment, or a facial with highly qualified therapist Sophie Kingsley

What’s for Breakfast?

Breakfast table: pastries, yoghurt & granola, juices, cereals and fruit; eggs Benedict, smoked salmon & scrambled eggs; smoked kippers; porridge with honey; field mushrooms on toast; full English breakfast

What’s the Damage?
29 doubles/twin & 5 junior suites – £135-£295 per night

What Else?

  • All credit cards taken
  • Alfresco dining
  • Private dining/function room
  • Disabled access to bar & restaurant
  • No parking; drop off outside; park in station car park

Gongs
Good Hotel Guide

Eat & Drink

The George in Rye Rye, East Sussex, TN31 7JT

Mastering the menu

The George Grill overlooks the high street and offers Mediterranean inspired modern British food, served with impeccable, friendly style in warm relaxed surroundings. The handsome, teal dining room has been designed and furnished entirely from reclaimed finds including a whole gym floor from a girl’s school in Wales and a huge fish wall-piece, which was originally commissioned for the reception of the Barclays London office in the 1950s. At the heart of the open-to-view kitchen is a wood-charcoal grill, where the kitchen team fast-cook Rye Bay lobster, locally landed fish, farm reared meats and vegetables from local growers and producers. Expect simply cooked, full-flavoured dishes that allow the quality of the ingredients to shine through. Typically, tuck into whole roast sea bass on crushed new potatoes with crab, chives and saffron bisque, or spatchcock poussin with hand-cut chips and tarragon mayonnaise.

On the menu

(Starters: £6-£8; Main Courses: £14-£23; Desserts £7-£8; Afternoon Tea £6.50-£24)

Seared Rye Bay scallops, serrano, salsify, spring onion & Olorosso; ham hock & parsley terrine, remoulade, pickles & toasted pugliese; potted salt beef brisket, mustard piccalilli, sourdough toast

Whole local bream, Garganega wine, fennel, cherry tomato, chilli, lemon & rosemary; salt marsh lamb rump, Sicilian braised chard, rosemary polenta and anchovy dressing; fish & chorizo stew; wood-roasted Rye Bay lobster

Rhubarb custard fool, almond crumble; dark chocolate tart, drunken cherries, crème fraiche

Time to Eat

Breakfast: 7am – 10am
Lunch: 12 noon – 3pm
Dinner: 6pm – 9.30pm

Bar meals: 3pm – 5.30pm

Local, local, local

Fish – Paul Hodges (PH Fish), Hastings

Fruit & vegetables (from local gardens & farms) – Johnson’s Fruiterers, Rye

Bread – Lighthouse Bakery, Bodiam

Local wine – Chapel Down, Gusborne & Hush Heath Vineyards

Rother Valley Brewery, Northiam (www.rothervalleybrewery.co.uk)

Behind the bar

The George Tap is a classic beamed bar with wood floor, rustic tables and two blazing log fires in winter. It remains the social hub of Rye and champions locally produced drinks such as Harvey’s Sussex ale and beers from Rother Valley Brewery among other local micro-brewery ales. There’s also heady Biddenden cider on draught and an impressive eight wines from vineyards across Kent and Sussex, notably nearby Gusborne and Chapel Down Vineyards (see Food Trail), feature on the excellent global list of wines. Craft beers, premium lagers, juices and minerals, and an extensive choice of spirits complete the pleasing picture behind the George’s bar.

Time at the bar

11am – 11pm

What’s the Damage?
29 doubles/twin & 5 junior suites – £135-£295 per night

What Else?

  • All credit cards taken
  • Alfresco dining
  • Private dining/function room
  • Disabled access to bar & restaurant
  • No parking; drop off outside; park in station car park

Gongs
Good Hotel Guide

Food Trail

Take it back home
Tour the brewery that brewed your favourite pint, visit the shop on the farm that reared your delicious Sunday roast beef, and seek out the roadside stalls selling the local crab and samphire on the inn’s menu, the Food Trail features the local artisan producers and suppliers where you can buy to enjoy at home.

Change of scenery
Looking for a pub for lunch following a country walk, a different venue for dinner, or a good café for coffee, light lunch or afternoon tea, then the best in the area are listed below. If you find a new and exciting eatery in the area that’s worthy of a mention on the Food Trail, then please to do let us know – gabrielle@innplaces.co.uk.

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Old Dairy Brewery, Station Road, Tenterden TN30 6HE

'Fine ales from the garden of England' is the tagline for this exceptional brewery housed inside two World War II Nissen buildings just off the High Street. As well a core range of beers such as Gold Top and Copper Top, there are seasonal ales and specials such as AK 1911 brewed to a century-old Kentish recipe. The Brewery shop is open Monday to Saturday and brewery tours run on Thursdays and Saturdays.

3

Silcocks Farm Shop & Cafe, St Michaels, Tenterden TN30 6TL

In a converted barn just outside St Michael’s, this exceptional farm shop sells a range of top quality organic meat and dairy produce from land farmed by the Fenton family for the past 25 years. Rare breed beef, pork and lamb is on offer alongside organic vegetables, and you can refuel at the Silcocks Cafe, which uses the same produce from the farm.

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Weald Smokery, Flimwell TN5 7QL

As well as its own superb smoked fish, meats and cheeses, this award-winning deli just off the A21 carries a huge range of local, British and international fine foods including pastas, chocolates and wines. There's also the Kiln Room brasserie serving light lunches, coffees and afternoon teas.

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Chapel Down Vineyard, Smallhythe, Tenterden TN30 7NG

With celebrity supporters, including Gordon Ramsay and Jamie Oliver, Chapel Down is widely regarded as England’s leading wine producer, with award-winning still wines, sparkling wines and craft beers produced amongst the 22 acres of vineyards at Tenterden. The winery and restaurant is open all year round, with guided tours offered between April and November.

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The Lighthouse Bakery, Bodiam TN32 5RD

Overlooking Bodiam Castle, this artisan bakery and school runs a number of regular workshops and classes. They also have a shop on the High Street in Ticehurst.

Out & About

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Activities

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Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch Railway, CT21 6LD

An integral feature of the Romney Marsh landscape since the 1920s, the narrow gauge Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch Railway is one of the region's most popular visitor attractions and a charming way to explore the distinctive coastline in this remote, south-east corner of Kent.

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Chart Hills Golf Club Biddenden TN12 8JX

Chart Hills is challenging, beautifully laid out course, designed by Nick Faldo, set in a stunning spot in the Weald, with peaceful views across its 200 acres of parkland, complete with oak woodlands and lakes. It is one of finest courses in the South of England.

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Kent & East Sussex Railway Tenterden TN30 6HE

The picturesque line weaves between Tenterden and Bodiam for 10.5 miles. Experience travel and service from a bygone age aboard beautifully restored coaches and steam locomotives dating from Victorian times.

Shopping

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Glass Etc, Rye TN31 7NA

Based in a former Salvation Army chapel in Rope Walk in picturesque Rye, Glass Etc is one of Britain's largest shops selling antique and 20th-century glass. A vast stock, not all of it on show, consists of around 30,000 pieces spanning the period c1750-1980.

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Alter ego Gallery, Battle TN33 0TZ

Seek out this Battle gallery and you'll discover a treasure trove of affordable art by Sussex-based artists. Examples include paintings of local scenes and original work by award-winning artists. Expect to find ceramics, textiles, greeting cards and collages.

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Shire Country Clothing, Battle TN33 0EA

Shire Country Clothing in Battle is the shop to head for to find ladies and menswear, clothing for children, footwear, luggage, hats, gifts and accessories. Brand names range from Dubarry to Hunter & Barbour.

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Carole Ridley, Tenterden TN30 6AU

This boutique draws customers from all over Kent and further afield in search of exclusive clothes and accessories. Expect jewellery, hats, bags and shoes - among many items. Carole travels all over Europe and the Far East to source clothes for every new season.

Places to visit

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Sissinghurst Castle Gardens, Sissinghurst TN17 2AB

Not far from Cranbrook, Sissinghurst's wonderful garden is the enduring legacy of Vita Sackville-West and her husband Harold Nicolson who laboured long and hard to complete this horticultural work of art. There's a lot to see at Sissinghurst, including Vita's tower writing room and nearby lakes and woodland.

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Smallhythe Place, TN30 7NG

Located in the glorious Weald of Kent, this small 16th-century cottage was the home of the greatly admired Victorian actress, Ellen Terry. Explore this pretty, half-timbered building and discover her fascinating theatrical collection. In the garden stands the thatched Barn Theatre.

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Great Dixter House & Gardens, Northiam TN31 6PH

Between Hawkhurst and Rye, Great Dixter was for many years the much-loved home of the renowned gardener and writer Christopher Lloyd who spent many years helping to establish one of the most exciting, colourful and constantly changing gardens of modern times. One of Great Dixter’s most striking features is the magnificent Great Hall, the largest surviving timber-framed hall in the country.

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Great Maytham Hall Garden, Rolvenden TN17 4NE

Situated at Rolvenden, Great Maytham Hall's wonderful garden can be viewed on Wednesday afternoons in spring and summer and the visit is well worth it. Great Maytham is where the writer Frances Hodgson Burnett lived around the turn of the century. Her time here inspired the classic tale The Secret Garden and the setting continues to evoke the magic of her writing.

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Rye TN31 7AY

Ten miles north of Hastings, the charming East Sussex town of Rye is filled with picturesque cobbled streets and clay-tiled roofs. Exploring the town really does convey the impression of visiting the set of a period costume drama or film. The National Trust-owned Lamb House, the former home of the American writer Henry James, is located in Rye and open to the public.

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Godinton House and Gardens, Hothfield TN23 3BP

One of the most important and fascinating houses in Kent, Godinton House at Ashford boasts an illustrious history dating back to the medieval period. The gardens are especially striking and idiosyncratic. Included here are a newly designed Rose Garden and the Walled Garden with its greenhouses and delphinium collection.

Walking

www.walkingbritain.co.uk
www.visitkent.co.uk
www.eastsussex.gov.uk
www.visit1066country.com
Rye lies at the heart of a unique landscape blessed with great scenery and evocative Romney Marsh boasts countless walks of varying lengths and themes.

Cycling

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www.visitkent.co.uk
www.eastsussex.gov.uk
www.visit1066country.com
East Sussex and Kent have miles of cycle routes to enjoy – everything from quiet country lanes to more challenging off-road trails. The Royal Military Canal, near Rye, is a favourite destination for many families, with long traffic-free sections making it safe and user-friendly. The Cuckoo Trail is another popular choice, running for 14 miles through East Sussex, from Hampden Park to Heathfield, and Bedgebury Forest near Goudhurst in Kent offers a good choice of off-road trails for all abilities.

Events

www.battlefestival.co.uk
www.visitkent.co.uk
www.eastsussex.gov.uk
www.visit1066country.com
One of the region’s most prestigious annual events is the Battle Arts and Music Festival. The Battle of Hastings Re-Enactment is a colourful, two-day event with living-history demonstrations, culminating in a re-enactment of the famous battle of 1066. Rye has its own Arts Festival in September, a popular Jazz & Blues Festival in August, and the Rye Bay Scallop Festival in February draws foodies from afar . Kent’s gloriously rich heritage is celebrated across the county. The Tenterden Folk Festival, the Rochester Sweeps Festival, Dickens Festival in Rochester and Broadstairs, Whitstable Oyster Festival and Faversham Hop Festival are just some of the annual events to be enjoyed in the region.

Getting there

Location, Location, Location

By Road: Best reached via A21 (Sevenoaks & Hastings) from M25, then take A268 at Flimwell, signed to Hawkhurst and continue following A268 to Rye

By Train: Rye station is a short walk from the George and is London St Pancras is just over an hour away via Ashford International (change) and the high-speed train to London

Address:

98 High Street, Rye, East Sussex, TN31 7JT

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