Historic Boozers And Locally Sourced Beer: The Very Best Pubs In Rye

This charming destination is full of gems, whether you're exploring the old town or relaxing by the harbour. But for tourists and locals alike, the question remains - where to go for a pint? Luckily there are a plethora of pubs in this town, so whether you're after a historic boozer or a more modern affair, we've got you covered with our guide to the best pubs in Rye, East Sussex.


Globe Inn Marsh

You may pass this destination on your drive in to Rye, and it's definitely worth stopping for. Found on the outskirts of town, the Globe Inn Marsh flaunt quirky interiors like low-hanging lights and colourful furniture, with a private room available for hire upstairs too. As for their menu, you can expect local beers, ciders and wines alongside fresh seasonal produce and fish delivered to the door every single day. Sustainability is at the heart of what this pub does, using renewable energy and reinvesting in woodland around the East Sussex region.

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Come for the kooky decor, stay for the impeccable food at this gastropub in Rye.

The Mermaid Inn

Hunting for old pubs in Rye? The Mermaid Inn is certainly the most historic - it's been around since 1156, though it was rebuilt in 1420. As you might expect, this venue boasts traditional wine cellars, wooden beam ceilings and stained glass windows, making for a cosy drinking atmosphere. You can grab a three-course dinner here for £49.50, featuring citrus cured salmon and stuffed saddle of lamb, or swing by for Sunday lunch at £17.95 each.

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Get a slice of history alongside your pint.

The Ship Inn

Wondering where to eat the best pub food in Rye? The Ship Inn is a traditional drinking den dating back to 1592, with a cracking menu to boot. They sell local wines from the award-winning Balfour Winery and a series of guest ales, which pair nicely with classic British dishes like fish 'n' chips, pies with chive and parmesan mash or dry-aged steaks. For those of you heading out earlier in the day, you can also tuck into hearty breakfasts amongst the dark wood and exposed brick interiors here.

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Soak up hundreds of years of atmosphere at this old-school pub.

Rye Waterworks Micropub

Though it may be the smallest, Rye Waterworks is still one of the town's best boozers - particularly for fans of local ales thanks to their CAMRA listing. The first micropub in South East Sussex, you can find them situated in what used to be a water pump house. Expect beers and ciders from across the region, as well as wine, gin and a selection of light bites. You'll struggle to find a cosier place to drink, and if you're looking for dog-friendly pubs in Rye then this is the place for you too.

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Good things come in small packages at Rye Waterworks Micropub.

Cinque Ports

One of the best pubs near Rye Harbour, Cinque Ports serves everything from filling breakfasts to mouthwatering Sunday roasts, on top of British favourites like pies or gammon and eggs throughout the day. You can munch on these tasty eats in the friendly drinking den or outside in their spacious garden. What's more, there's plenty of entertainment and fun activities on offer here, whether you're into watching sports, live music or farmers markets. 

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Their pretty beer garden is perfect for the summer months.

The Ypres Castle Inn

Boasting a roaring fireplace, plush velvet booths and rustic decor, you can always count on The Ypres Castle Inn for exceptional independent beers. Whether you're knocking back pints in the welcoming pub or its beautiful, spacious garden, you can take advantage of the ever-changing variety of brews on tap. They also offer Sussex-based ciders and vodka or gin produced in neighbouring county Kent, all of which can be paired with delicious charcuterie boards and local cheeses.

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Keep it local at The Ypres Castle Inn.

The Queen's Head

For country pubs on Rye's high street, look no further than The Queen's Head. This place oozes charm and comfort, serving traditional grub and refreshing pints. And the best part? This old-school venue hosts a regular rotation of live music, featuring performances from local bands and some artists from further away too. So if you're in the mood for a relaxed evening of great food and even better entertainment, check out this gem.

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This cosy pub is serving food fit for a queen.

Old Bell

Looking for the best pubs for lunch? The Old Bell is a strong contender, thanks to a menu of fresh, homemade food such as baked camembert, bacon cheeseburgers, stone baked pizza and fish tacos. The desserts here are to die for as well, whether you're in the mood for Belgian waffles with Nutella or a dreamy chocolate fudge cake. This 15th Century watering hole also fronts a peaceful sun terrace where you can look out over the bustling streets.

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Enjoy burgers and beers in this historic building.

The King's Head Inn

Of all the Rye pubs and restaurants, The King's Head Inn is certainly a favourite - thanks to a menu of tantalising seasonal dishes. Think fresh baguettes or ploughman's at lunchtime, with main courses like curry of the day, oven-baked pies and three bean chilli in the evening. You'll always find a pint of Sussex's famous brew Harvey's bitter here, alongside a range of whiskies and an excellent wine list. Feeling tired after a hearty meal? They've even got rooms available to stay in.

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Sit back and enjoy some seriously good pub grub at this charming destination.

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