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The George in Rye - Pub in Sussex

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98 High Street, Rye, TN31 7JT, Sussex
England, United Kingdom

Alex & Katie Clarke
+44 (0)1797 222114(landline)

Old meets new at the George - exposed beams, wood panelled walls, chic contemporary bar and new restaurant serving brasserie style food

Rye is beautiful, old England trapped in aspic. It was a Cinque Port, Henry James lived here and the oldest church clock in England chimes at the top of the hill. The George stands on its cobbled high street right in the thick of things. Built in 1575 from reclaimed ships' timbers, its exposed beams and panelled walls remain on display. Inside, old and new mix beautifully – expect Jane Austen in the 21st century. There's a roaring fire in the bar, screen prints of the Beatles on the walls in reception, a sun-trapping courtyard for lunch in summer. Beautiful bedrooms come in all shapes and sizes (a couple are small), but chic fabrics, Frette linen and Vi-Spring mattresses are standard, as are good books, fine bathrooms, white robes and cashmere covers on hot water bottles. Some are huge with zinc baths in the room, one has a round bed. You eat in the George Grill, an open kitchen on display, perhaps Provençal fish soup, a grilled rib-eye with hand-cut chips, gooseberry soufflé with bay leaf ice cream. Walk it off by following the river down to the sea. Mapp and Lucia was filmed in the town.

Children welcome
Children of all ages welcome in some public rooms (highchairs not necessarily available).
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Credit cards
Credit or debit card payment accepted.
Wireless internet access available in the bar.
Public transport
Within 2 miles of a bus/train station.
Vegetarian meals
Good vegetarian options on the menu.
Licensed premises
Alcohol may be served.

Local points of interest from Alex & Katie Clarke:

Local points of interest from
Alex & Katie Clarke:

  • One of the best preserved medieval towns in England, Rye is home to the enchanting cobbled Mermaid Street, the impressive Norman church of St Mary's, a rich selection of specialist shops and a thriving fishing fleet.
  • The famous Inns were once the haunt of notorious smugglers, the Hawkhurst Gang.
  • Camber Castle, built by Henry VIII which is located in the dramatic Rye Harbour Nature Reserve.
  • Amongst the long list of attractions visit Lamb House, a National Trust Property (once the home of Henry James).
  • Enjoy the Rye Bay Scallop Festival every February. Further afield Great Dixterin Northiam or Chapel Down Winery in Tenterden - both a short drive away.
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Starters £6-£10. Mains £10-£22.


Open all day.


98 High Street, Rye, TN31 7JT, Sussex


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