Flush with success

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Conversion work is well under way.

As well as being awarded the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) South East Pub of the Year for 2021 and 2022, Rye Waterworks was also recently awarded the fiercely contested CAMRA South East Cider Pub of the Year for 2022. It’s no wonder this micro-pub is one of the must-visit, top tourist attractions in Rye, famed not only for its fine selection of ales, ciders and gins but also it’s simple yet hugely popular bar snacks namely pork pies and scotch eggs.

The annual sloe gin competition is now a popular favourite. Regular outings to neighbouring hostelries on a first come first served basis are also very popular, so an early reservation secures a seat on the coach. Regular home cooked food competitions on a Sunday lunchtime have produced some amazing results and, if all of this wasn’t enough to whet your appetite, before too long you will have the chance to experience the Waterworks latest initiative, its own brewery and tap room!

Building works are now underway at The Old Dairy in Playden after a lengthy planning process, which was delayed due to Covid, finally resulted in permission being granted for the former agricultural building to be converted. The toilet block is nearing completion and the brewery itself is the next on the agenda to be built. Watch this space for further updates.

The old sign at The Old Dairy

Given the huge amount of communications received by the planning department at Rother District Council in support of the application for change of use, I have no doubt this latest initiative will be another huge success story for the future.

Image Credits: Rye Waterworks , Nick Forman .

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