New hopes for the Hope Anchor


Sandy Highfield, General Manager, of the Hope Anchor Hotel in Watchbell Street hosted a reception for neighbours and residents last weekend to launch the refurbished restaurant and collaboration with Art and Soul gallery. Prior to the Hope Anchor Sandy’s family previously run businesses in Rye for more than 40 years including the White Vine Hotel and Fletchers Tea Rooms but only the Hope Anchor now remains in the family.

Sandy gives her presentation.
The Hope Anchor is a husband, wife and daughter family-run hotel built around 1750 for local sailors and ship builders, The Hope Anchor is thought to have once sheltered the Tenterden Gang, who used its old secret passages for smuggling. 
Guests enjoying the hospitality

The anchor is the Victorian symbol for hope. Early Christians used the anchor as a disguised cross, and as a marker to guide the way to secret meeting places. The anchor was a key Christian symbol during the period of Roman persecution. The first century symbol wasn’t the cross; it was the anchor.

The historic Hope Anchor is a 3-star AA rated hotel with a newly refurbished restaurant, new menu, an RAC food dining award as well as free parking. The bar has a log fire, real ales, and the hotel individually styled bedrooms, some with four-poster beds, and there is a separate 200-year-old cottage.
More delights

The Hope Anchor has a special place in a lot of people’s hearts with many stories told of when locals used to work at the hotel, held their wedding receptions or special family occasions there. In collaboration with Emma from Rye’s Art & Soul, Sandy has big plans to turn the whole hotel into a huge art gallery supporting local Rye artists along with hosting art lessons during the day.

There are a number of events planned over the next few months including a Halloween party, murder mystery evening and Christmas specials; do give them a visit, I can recommend the two steaks and bottle of wine for £25 offer on a Friday night!

Image Credits: John Minter , Neale East .

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