Stylish former coaching inn at the heart of historic Rye
The George in Rye makes a stylish hideaway at the heart of this fetching old sea town. Owners Alex and Katie Clarke have turned the former Tudor coaching inn into an address packed with flair.
- A swish address in seafaring Rye.
- Bedroom decor worthy of a film-set.
- Fish fresh off the trawlers.
Hit the Spot
Centre stage in olde-worlde Rye.
Have a pint at the George Tap bar, or eat fresh fish in the smart restaurant. There's also an attractive garden terrace and you can book an in-room massage or facial.
Good to know
Book well ahead at weekends, when rooms are snapped up fast.
ClosedOpen all year
ParkingThere is a carpark two minutes away. Drop your bags off at the front door and staff will direct you there.
AirportLondon Gatwick – 48 miles
TrainRye station – two minutes away
PetsDogs are welcome in the bar and on the terrace only.
ChildrenWelcome. Babysitting is available and there's a kids' menu in the restaurant.
Location98 High St, Rye, Sussex, TN31 7JT, United Kingdom
24 rooms and five suites
All rooms have big double Vi-Spring beds, REN bathroom goodies, fluffy robes, Frette Italian linen sheets, Tivoli clock radios and wi-fi. Some have four-posters, roll top baths and walk-in power showers. Look out, too, for velvet sofas and quirky antiques.
We loved Room 8 – a Junior suite whose clawfoot bath comes with his-and-hers champagne holders.
Eat & Drink
Start your evening with drinks at The George Tap – a congenial downstairs bar serving an array of real ales and draught cider as well as locally produced Sussex wines. Restaurant menus draw on strong Mediterranean influences, using fresh locally sourced ingredients such as Rye Bay fish and Romney Marsh lamb.
Breakfast is served until 10.30am. Tuck into local kippers, baked egg and crispy bacon, and porridge with honey.
See & Do
Cobble-stone Rye is a beautifully preserved old maritime town with winding streets, old pubs and lovely buildings. When you've finished exploring the town, walk along the long white beach of Camber Sands or visit the wonderful gardens at Sissinghurst (pre-booking may be necessary) and Great Dixter. The nature reserve and birdlife of Dungeness is also worth seeing.
The George in Rye works in partnership with the local Aveda salon, the Rye Retreat – two minutes away. Signature treatments include a four-hands massage.