A comic relief

Beano and Dandy comics cover the ceiling at the Apothecary

Last week, after a wander around town sniffing out potential articles for Rye News, I felt the need for a flat white coming on. There are plenty of venues who offer a fine cup of coffee and apologies if I didn’t choose your establishment but on this occasion I chose the Apothecary- try saying that with a mouthful of peanuts!

It’s a fascinating building in a box seat position on the corner of East Street and the High Street and inside, with all due respect to the owners, it’s like a time warp. For those who may not have been there yet, it’s like going back in time. The décor and furnishings are old fashioned (in a nice way) the exposed floor boards show the signs of wear but it’s quirky and interesting and above all atmospheric.

Through the main reception and dining area, steps take you through to the rear dining rooms, the larger of the two holds quite a surprise. Looking up to the ceiling you are not wowed by the intricate dentiled cornicing or ceiling rose that you may have expected, and Michelangelo certainly wasn’t engaged to decorate the ceiling, instead the whole ceiling is completely covered in pages from the Dandy and Beano comics. A veritable collage of comics and although quite unexpected, they fit in well with the building, furnishings and “bespoke” interior.

Having enjoyed my flat white and after taking a few photos for the record, I left to go “walkabout” once more, refreshed and pleased that I was able to share the experience. Pop in and see what I mean – if nothing else it’s unique, in fact very Rye!

Image Credits: Nick Forman .


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