Greetings from East Sussex!
Here in Rye, we’ve been reveling in glorious sunshine and soaring temperatures for weeks. We’re very lucky to have several of the best beaches on the south coast on our doorstep and there is no better time for a refreshing dip in the sea. We recommend heading down to Pett Level which is less well-known and quieter at weekends. It is a pebble and sand beach with imposing cliffs at one end, and home to the odd fossil, so keep your eyes peeled! Alternatively, we are the only Hotel in Rye with a swimming pool (complimentary for all our guests staying with us), so the perfect way to cool down at the end of a busy day of sightseeing!
As of this week, we are serving afternoon tea on our sunny terrace or in our pretty lounge or dining room. Enjoy a pot of freshly-brewed tea, warm scones (served with clotted cream and local preserves), an assortment of finger sandwiches and a selection of cakes. Why not add a glass of champagne to make the occasion even more special? Our champagne afternoon tea includes a half bottle of champagne to share between two. You can add afternoon tea to your booking when you book online, or our friendly front desk team will be happy to book this for you.
Our friends at the Rye Jazz Festival have now added even more events to their programme over the August bank holiday. We can’t wait to see the legendary Joan Armatrading in the intimate setting of St Mary’s Church on Monday 27th. Here at Rye Lodge, we are thrilled to be hosting a “Latin Vibe Pop Up ” with the Women’s International Cigar Club during the afternoons of Sunday 26th and Monday 27th. Join us for an afternoon of Cuban and Latin music with world class musicians, cocktails, tutored cigar smoke, premium rum tastings and authentic food. See the Rye Jazz website for tickets and more information.
Enjoy the sunshine and until next month!
Rye Lodge Hotel
Summer is in full swing and Rye is basking in day after day of glorious sunshine. On the subject of swing, our friends over at the Rye International Jazz Festival have announced a knock-out line-up of headliners for the summer event over the August bank holiday weekend, 24th-27th! Legendary jazz saxophonist Courtney Pine and worldwide star Joan Armatrading are among the glittering performers. What’s more, the festival has now been extended into September, with Corinne Bailey Rae and Dionne Warwick taking to the stage at the De La Warr Pavilion in Bexhill over the weekend of 7th and 8th! Get more information and tickets here.
In other news, a brand-new boutique music festival is coming to East Sussex this weekend, June 15th-17th. The TN32 Festival has been launched by local singer/songwriter Sam Calver as a way of bringing together the astonishing array of musical talent in the area. From soul to reggae, there will be something to cater for all musical tastes. What’s more, there will be street-food stalls and craft beer to satiate the crowds, plus hot tubs, sauna, yoga and massage for those in need of some pampering after all the partying! There will also be plenty to keep the little ones entertained, with a kids’ rave, fun-fair rides, face painting, craft activities and a forest school. Book tickets here.
Our local Nature Reserve at Rye Harbour is one of the largest and most important wildlife sites in England. The Rye Harbour Discovery Centre Appeal is raising money for a much-needed, brand new visitor centre at the site and it’s getting a big boost from the Hastings Philharmonic this Saturday June 16th, at 7.30pm, from their special opera gala at Rye’s newest venue. The Old Bourne Auction House in Rock Channel Quay has been transformed for this special event, featuring the Hastings Philharmonic orchestra and chamber choir, plus conductor and baritone Marcio da Silva, soprano Alice Privett, tenor Leonel Pinheiro and bass Vedat Dalgiran. There will be stirring music from a selection of composing heavyweights, including Puccini and Verdi. Book tickets here.
Until next month!
Rye Lodge Hotel
The hedgerows are frothing with cow parsley, the sun is shining and the calendar is chock-a-block with fabulous things to do in Rye and the surrounding area!
We cannot wait for the Peasmarsh Chamber Music Festival on June 21st-24th. This special event features world-class musicians performing in nine-concerts over a four-day run. On June 22nd, at 8pm, the festival comes to St Mary’s Church in Rye with its fabulous orchestral concert.
The National Open Gardens Scheme sees a stunning selection of local gardens throw open their gates during the month of June. Whether you’re a dab hand at horticulture or a novice who can’t even care for a cactus, these quintessentially English gardens are the perfect source of inspiration. Beauchamps, open during the afternoon of June 10th in nearby Udimore, is a real gem, affording beautiful valley views and a colourful, mature cottage garden.
For some fresh air and stunning scenery, take the short trip down to Rye Harbour Nature Reserve for a guided walk by the sea. On Saturday May 26th, as part of the 1066 Walking Festival, there is a Coastal Plants walk, giving ramblers the opportunity to discover how the flora and fauna thrive in the shingle and saltmarsh environment. The walk starts at 10am from the Rye Harbour village car park and lasts some 2 hours. After the exertion, we recommend a massage in Rye Lodge’s own treatment room.
Finally, the weekend of June 30th and July 1st heralds the Wealden Literary Festival in Woodchurch. Set in the spectacular garden of a family home, Boldshaves, the event brings together authors and artists from all over the country and offers a wonderful programme of events. Not to mention a yummy selection of street food!
Until next month!
With best wishes
Every year, Rye, East Sussex devotes an entire week to one scrumptious underwater clam—the scallop. The 16th Rye Bay Scallop Week is scheduled for Saturday 24th February – Sunday 4th March 2018.
Scallop fossils date back 3 million years, and the shell of this tiny seafaring creature has been used symbolically for hundreds of thousands of years. Its shell is found in many well-known business logos as well as in Princess Diana’s coat of arms. It can also be seen on Prince William’s Knight of the Garter crest.
Aside from its history with the Royal family, the scallop holds many secrets that the average person may or may not realize. It is a hermaphrodite in its shell, and includes both a male gonad and a female gonad, along with a gill, a foot, a mouth, a fully working digestive gland, mantle and hinge ligament. It swims along the ocean floor when startled but moves very little aside from being spooked. It also has a tentacle and eye spot along with ears. It is very similar to a fish but is known in the scientific community as a mollusc.
Scallops tend to prefer clean, fresh salinity water and do quite well in the warmer waters off of the southern coast of England and Wales. They don’t grow to maturity until around 3 years of age, and you can tell this by looking at their stripes on their shells. For every band on their shell, they’ve been alive for one year. They spawn every year from April to September and increase in growth from April to June.
When consumed, the Scallop is widely accepted to be an aphrodisiac. In terms of nutrition, the Scallop provides a nutrient dense source of Vitamin B12, protein, iron and calcium.
Rye and Rye Bay have long since been a source for scallops and have been fished there for hundreds of years. Even King Charles himself stated, “The cheapest sea-towne for provision of fish in our house,” when referring to this tiny sea faring town. Rye’s fishing fleet moors nearly two miles from the sea, but nonetheless bring up hundreds of thousands of scallops every single year.
If you’re looking for an easy way to indulge your taste buds in seafood dishes, then you don’t want to miss this event. A variety of restaurants will be there showcasing their scallop based dishes, all featuring freshly caught scallops and other seafood-based culinary fair. If you have your heart set on tasting and enjoying the finest scallops in England, then you’ll definitely want to make it out to this festival.
In addition to the wide array of delicious foods and perfectly cooked scallops, the Scallop Festival will also be including tasting events, cookery schools and demonstrations as well as local live music and much more. The Scallop Festival is an all ages event and perfect for the entire family, so don’t hesitate to bring the whole lot!
The Rye Lodge Hotel is the perfect place to stay during your visit. Rye is an ancient city that holds a rich history, and the Hotel is located right in the town.