Rye

History & culture
The beautiful medieval town of Rye, just 3 miles away from Camber by bus, bike or foot is a pleasure to explore for its cobbled streets, ramparts and magnificent church, whose tower offers spectacular views across the countryside to the sea. Once an important port, Rye still boasts its own fishing fleet and the freshest of catches are regularly available by the quay.

There are reminders of the days when pirates ruled the waves in many a local pub, and everyone's favourite pirate, Captain Pugwash, was created here by author and illustrator John Ryan. Other literary associations include Henry James, who lived at Lamb House, which is open to the public, and E.F. Benson, whose Mapp and Lucia series was based on Rye.

Rye boasts countless antique and junk shops, and its thriving creative community is on show through numerous art, craft and photography galleries.

Food and Drink
Shopping and eating in Rye is a real treat thanks to the survival of many independent retailers. The high street boasts a butcher, greengrocer and bakery all selling fresh local produce - as does Jempson's, the large, independently-owned supermarket.

There are tea and coffee shops galore, both  olde worlde and contemporary. Our favourites for tea and scones include Hayden's and Fletcher's Tea Rooms, while the Fish Cafe, George Hotel and Landgate Bistro are top-class restaurants which show local produce such as Romney Marsh lamb, Rye Bay plaice and scallops off to their best advantage.

Local pubs such as the Ypres Tavern are full of character, not to mention beer from nearby Harvey's and Sheperd Neame breweries.
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