Tea at the Apothecary, Rye

Tea at the Apothecary

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Nothing like tea and toasted tea-cakes at The Apothecary. A rambling tea shop in Rye. Leather armchairs, newspapers and a congenial atmosphere. You have to walk in the wild wind for a few hours to deserve this and to enjoy the atmosphere to the full!

We had a pot of tea and toasted tea cakes. The tea was served in a large pot so there were plenty of extra cups whilst I read the Saturday papers. This could rate as my favourite tea shop.

5 stars.


Rye accommodation

Places to stay in Rye.

I always prefer to stay in town because its great to pop out in the early morning or evening to soak in the atmosphere. There is a wide variety of places from bed and breakfast to smart hotels. Jeakes’ House in Mermaid street is in a lovely situation on the old cobbled street running up through the centre of town. Parking is a little difficult but we stayed in a delightful room at the top of the house with a four post bed. Breakfast was good with home made marmalade. Its a b&b so they don’t do dinner but that’s no problem as there are lots of places to eat.


I have always wanted to stay at the windmill which looks very attractive but can’t say much about it until I have.

Rye lodge

Rye lodge is a sumptious hotel. Its right in the town and has good parking just round the back. There is a swimming pool and variuous other luxuries. I didn’t really like breakfast. The room was too small and we sat with all the other people in an embarrasing silence waiting for a slow waitress to administer the food. I prefer a more home made feel to a place but its worth a look.

Top O’ the Hill is an inn at the top of the hill (surprisingly), just on the outskirts of the town. Its just a little bit too far from town for me although you could probably walk it in ten to fifteen minutes. The accommodation is in a seperate cottage style annexe and I must say that the rooms were delightful. You could park right outside your room. Modernish rooms with four poster bed, TV, tea and coffee facilities, bed side tables and lights. The only problem was the shower was broken and I couldn’t even fill the bath properly so that was a little sad. Breakfast was good although white sliced bread and no fruit or yoghurt. However, it was cheap which makes this place excellent value just let down by a few details. Ymzala gives it 3 stars.

Flackley Ash

The Flackley Ash is actually out at Peasmarch which is perhaps ten minutes drive from Rye. Its a little on the pricey side for Ymzala but very comfortable with spa, pool, gym and all that jazz. The rooms were kitted out with all the usual tea making and TV watching equipement and was large and comfy. The best thing about this place were the grounds. Plenty of them and some nature walks to walk off that large dinner or to get yourself going in the morning.

Breakfast of course is the most important meal of the day and this one ticked all the right boxes. Yoghurt and fruit were all there for you to help yourself, plenty of tea and coffee and I seem to remember that the cooked bit came up to Ymzala standards.

If it was in town you would have the lovely grounds and although expensive it was good value for money and you do feel a little bit special driving in across the gravel and walking in the grand front door. So I give this an Ymzala four star rating.

Rye -Harbour walk

A walk from Rye Harbour.

Place: Rye in Sussex.

A great winter’s walk. Drive down to the Harbour from Rye. Park in the car park to the right as you reach the end of the road. Come out the car park and go straight on through the gate and follow a track out to the beach. The track goes parallel to the River Rother to the left and the marshes stretch out to the right. So there are plenty of birding opportunitities on both sides. Along this path we saw some kingfishers.
The RSPB hut is on the track and there is all sorts of useful information to glean from the board. I was really hoping to see the Marsh Harrier and the guide said that he had seen one yestereday so I was very keen and kept my eyes pealed.

Keep going past a strange desolate red hut that makes a good subject for a photograph. On to the beach and then turn right following along with the marshes on the right and the beach to your left. Every so often it is worth braving the wind and go over the top to see the shoreline. We tracked a friendly flock of oyster catchers with their long red beaks. Continue up the beach to the first set of groynes and then you know its time to head back into the marsh by a small track. This leads to an excellent hide that over looks a pool.

This track continues back towards the car park but there are some excellent views over the marshes. Skirt to the right of the caravan park on the way back to the carpark. Now you have earned a well deserved pot of tea and toasted teacakes back the Apothecary coffee shop in Rye town. Enjoy.