It’s the Easter holidays and so I decided to do something cultural by taking a trip to Rye, East Sussex.
Full of quirky antique shops and pretty gift shops, I spent an hour or so exploring the main town and Mermaid Street. The mermaid hotel dates back to 1156 and apparently houses a secret passageway which connects to a pub called the Old Bell. Back in the day, smugglers would use Rye as a base.
I had a nice walk in the sunshine exploring the plethora of antique shops that Rye has to offer. Found a lovely little bargain, beautiful tea cup and saucer for 2 pounds!
For lunch, I popped into the Old Bell Pub. A real oldy worldy pub which takes you back in time. Everything in Rye is local. No big brand names. .. you won’t find a mcdonalds! I have a feeling its the same with the produce… mostly local. I ordered a cheese and ham panini and the ham was so tasty and freshly carved.
It was a perfect day, with perfect weather. The drive home was really interesting with lots of traditional ‘oast’ houses which display interesting architecture with conical shaped domes.
To finish off the day, I stumbled upon some pretty bluebell fields in the countryside surrounding Rye. I will definitely be going back to Rye for more exploring and shopping.