Without wishing to state the obvious, 2021 has been a year of change for all of us but with the light at the end of the tunnel now in sight, we can see a way forward. There has been change at Rye News too and with Chris Lawson now firmly ensconced as the new editor it was felt that we should find a new home for our weekly Saturday morning editorial meetings.
We needed a quiet, business like environment, in the centre of Rye with facilities for refreshments and access to loos. Somewhere where we could discus and plan the next issue of Rye News without disturbance and where we wouldn’t disturb others by being there.
Without hesitation Jane Brook came to our rescue and for those of you who haven’t met Jane, she’s the owner of two local businesses, Space Coworking at the Old Cinema in Fishmarket Road and the Brewery Yard Club (BYC) in Landgate. Two very different venues but both with the facilities and location we were looking for.
Space Coworking is a Covid-19 secure facility with private offices to hire, dedicated desks available plus day offices, meeting room hire, hot desking and so much more. The light and very well equipped space has proved to be very popular, an ideal venue for meetings and a professional working environment with all that you need on hand.
In contrast, the BYC is very different, arranged over four mezzanine floors. The lower ground floor houses the conference room, again very well equipped with plenty of seating, refreshment facilities and acoustically lined making it ideal for quiet contemplation. It was once a snooker room in its previous life as a working men’s club, adjacent are the toilet facilities.
On the upper level is the atmospheric bar area, very well appointed but with a cosy Ronnie Scott’s feel about it, mainly due to its very comfortable soft furnishings, subtle lighting and well stocked bar. Up a short flight of stairs takes you to the main split level function suites and with a capacity to accommodate up to 150 people it could be the perfect venue if you are planning a post Covid-19 celebration.
Live music now features regularly at the club, last week saw the amazing Roger Hubbard who brought the house down and as part of the forthcoming Rye Jazz and Blues festival, the legendary Earl Okin will be performing at the club on August 28. The bar opens at 6:30 for an 8pm performance, one not to be missed! The following day, The Drawtones plus special guest Jim Mullen take centre stage and for both events, there are a limited number of tickets remaining.
And if that wasn’t enough, Happy Sundays is a regular open mike event from 4pm-9pm, a chance for any budding singer or musician to just ‘have a go’ and an opportunity to test your material, for the onlookers there’s always a cocktail or two available to buy. The food menu is also very popular at the BYC, something for everyone, fresh, tasty and well presented.
Rye News are very grateful to Jane for allowing them to meet at her club and for her continued support for so many Rye based businesses, the BYC is one of Rye’s best kept secrets and if you haven’t been there yet why not give it a try, its amazing what’s inside but in the conference room downstairs the team at Rye News have based themselves, planning and putting together the next edition of your local newspaper. If you think your venue or business deserves a story, please get in touch but for news of what’s happening next at the BYC check out their website or call on 01797 222857, I might just see you there.
Image Credits: Nick Forman , Jane Brook .