Posted by: travelrat | October 3, 2011

A Quick Visit to Rye

Rye: 17th July 2011

I don’t know what I did to get on the mailing list of the ‘George’, in Rye, for I’d never been to Rye in my life! Nevertheless, they send me an interesting newsletter from time to time, so, since we were in the area, we thought we might check it out for lunch. However, we only got as far as reading the menu on the outside wall, when our visitors spied the Old Bell, and just had to go in.

It’s a lovely old pub, and I give it full marks for resisting the temptation to call itself ‘Ye Olde Bell’

But, it certainly merits the title ‘Old’, for parts of it date from the 14th Century. It’s a lovely, flower-decked half-timbered building, with which my guests from overseas were delighted. The interior is in keeping, too, and everyone enthused about the reasonably priced roast chicken. I had the ‘Pork Pie Ploughman’s’, for I don’t like a heavy meal in the middle of the day. And, being something of a connoisseur of pies, this was as good as the product of Melton Mowbray.

See for yourself … someone told me the other day that you can always tell a blogger, because he’s always taking pictures of his food.

They say there’s a tunnel linking the Old Bell with another equally appealing old inn, the Mermaid, for Rye … and, indeed, many other ports in this area … used to be a a centre for the illegal import of several desirable commodities. Most of the local inhabitants used to delight in doing the Government out of their share of the profits.

But, it’s a port no longer (although it’s still one of the Cinque Ports, which would take far too long to explain about). The sea is now a good distance away. But, it’s still a delightful town to potter about and photograph … and when you get tired of quaint half-timbered buildings, there’s a church and a castle.

I’d like to have spent longer here, but our time was limited. Garry and Joanne had to be back on the boat by early evening, and Dover Castle awaited us …



  1. Now that’s what I call a Ploughman’s Lunch. Delish. The first photo is fantastic. What a pretty area. Love the hanging baskets!

  2. Hi Keith,
    The meal looks really nice, a lovely selection of fresh salad. 14th Century, I would love to go strolling through there. 🙂

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