A taste of the Med

Café Petit, "the small building with a big taste"

Apart from centuries of fascinating history, a superb collection of beautiful buildings, a picturesque harbour and cobbled streets, Rye also has a diverse range of shops and businesses catering for many tastes and styles, and one thing is for certain, you can usually find somewhere to eat or drink, seven days a week.

As you would expect, Rye offers traditional fish and chips and ‘pub grub’ but there’s also quite a lengthy choice of eateries available including street food, Thai, Chinese, Indian, Turkish, Italian and specialist fish, meat, fast food outlets and takeaways. And for those looking for Greek food there is Café Petit on Cinque Ports Street – you know, the one with the distinctive pink bicycle on the front.

A varied taste of the Mediterranean.

As the name suggests, Café Petit is not a big building, but inside it’s bigger than you might think and it’s cosy, welcoming and interesting and the display counter as you walk in offers a variety of cakes, macaroons, scones and buns. Seating inside is limited though, particularly as required during this pandemic, but there is a takeaway menu available Wednesday to Sunday from 12pm-3pm and 5pm-9pm.

Who could resist this? (diet can always start next week)

As well as specialising in souvlaki and gyros (chicken, pork, beef, halloumi and feta) Café Petit also serves hot and cold drinks, cakes and ice creams. My first visit there was last Saturday night when we fancied a change to the norm. We had the grilled meat souvlaki and the halloumi and feta gyros. The order was phoned through and collected less than half an hour later, and the feedback from the lucky recipients was a unanimous “delicious”.

But don’t just take my word for it, phone through your order on 07456 851015 then pop down to 10 Cinque Ports Street, Rye, TN31 7AD and taste it for yourself.

You can see the menu on Facebook @PetitRye, the photos above give you a flavour of what to expect.

Image Credits: Nick Forman , Café Petit .


  1. Looks very tasty – I pass the ‘Cafe Petit’ most days and had no idea all this lovely food was being created inside and great there is a takeaway menu too! I will be putting my order in soon!


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here