Bottoms up!

The Waterworks is not just a main tourist attraction, but is now a CAMRA 'Pub of the Year 2020'

With the lockdown restrictions easing, many will be travelling to see relatives not seen for months and it is predicted that the roads will be busier this weekend than they’ve been all year.

With pubs in lockdown many have been finding solace by drinking at home but finally, after much deliberation and speculation, pubs are able to reopen this Saturday July 4, a step closer to normality and only time will tell if the obligatory social distancing measures being imposed will work and be heeded by staff and customers.

We haven’t the space to list all the openings or goodies on offer this weekend, but Rye has more than its fair share of hostelries to choose from including wine bars, traditional chain pubs and tied houses, small private clubs and independent pubs with real ales and ciders. Details of many of the local watering holes can be found by visiting here.

The Ship Inn is offering a complimentary drink to celebrate reopening after lockdown.

There are some tempting offers available to entice customers back into the pubs, and The Ship Inn has been leafleting in Rye with the message “as soon as we get the go-ahead from the government we will be delighted to welcome you back through our doors”. If you complete their flyer and bring it with you it entitles you to a complimentary glass of Balfour 1503 or a pint of Jake’s beer or cider. In addition, pints of draught beers or ciders are £3, Balfour still wines £5 (175ml) and 125ml Balfour 1503 sparkling wines £5. Further information is available on their website.

Another coveted award to add to the collection.

The Waterworks (main photo) is reopening on Saturday July 4 with limited numbers inside and out, and there will be menus for the drinks choice as it is table service only with a huge investment in PPE kit and measures aimed to keep staff and public safe. Outside, the Waterworks is proudly displaying their CAMRA (Campaign for Real Ale) “Pub of the Year 2020” banners after winning this fiercely contested and coveted award. Find out more by visiting their website.

The Outside Inn with a fine view of the Landgate arch.

Just around the corner in Tower Street, the Outside Inn as well as serving a huge choice of bottled beers, cocktails and wines is also offering refreshing ‘slushies’ at the moment as well as barista coffee, Sussex ice cream and soft drinks. It will be opening a booking facility for tables and drinks shortly, with priority given to locals. Like other pubs, it’s table service only for the time being. You can find out more here.

The Globe Inn Marsh

Along Military Road, the Globe Inn is shortly to finish its programme of refurbishment and is scheduled to open officially on July 15 or earlier if the works are finalised, but as from 1 July customers are invited to come along and see what’s changed, standing at the bar area for now is a thing of the past, and to eat or drink you now need to book seats on a themed table, details here.

The Ypres Castle Inn, tucked away but well worth a visit

July 8 sees the reopening of the Ypres Castle Inn, a 17th century pub hidden away on a flight of steps just beneath the ramparts of Rye castle, at the south east corner of the old town with a delightful beer garden. The kitchens will reopen in late July but until then, quality snacks are available. Further enquiries to

Shepherd Neame, the area’s oldest brewery will be phasing in their re-opening of pubs in the area, the first 150 will open on Saturday but according to their website,  this won’t include the Cinque Ports Arms in Rye, or the William the Conqueror on Rye Harbour.

Image Credits: Nick Forman , Ramblinns .


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