The Countrywide Great Tour route: places to eat and stay in Rye

PUBLISHED: 16:05 17 June 2015 | UPDATED: 11:56 24 June 2015

Street of quaint houses in Rye (Getty Images/iStockphoto)

Street of quaint houses in Rye (Getty Images/iStockphoto)


Sussex will be welcoming The Countrywide Great Tour this summer so we took a closer look at the first stop in our county, Rye.

The routeThe route

The Countrywide Great Tour begins on 4 July and takes place over 64 days visiting a whole host of coastal locations across the UK. The tour arrives in Sussex on the afternoon of 10 August as cyclists close in on Rye.

Stage 39: Rye to BrightonStage 39: Rye to Brighton

Whether you’re taking part or supporting someone in the tour, there’s plenty on offer in the beautiful town of Rye. Here are a few places to enjoy a meal out and some hotel suggestions...



The Ship Inn - The Strand, TN31 7DB

A 16th-century inn with a rustic pub/restaurant offering real ales and a range of locally sourced food. Actress Clare Holman told us that The Ship Inn is her favourite Sussex pub.


Cobbles Tea Room - 1 Hylands Yard, TN31 7EP

The tea room nestled in the heart of the ancient Cinque Port town of Rye has been trading for over 50 years. They serve the finest teas from around the world with homemade cakes. As featured on our top 20 Sussex tea rooms.


The Mermaid Inn - Mermaid Street, TN31 7EY

Mermaid Street is a highlight of picturesque Rye, with its steep cobbled curve (recently seen on television inMapp & Lucia). Food is good, with two AA rosettes for the restaurant and lighter meals served in the bar.


Fletcher’s House - 2 Lion Street, TN31 7LB

Located right in front of St Mary’s Church, this tea room offers an extensive menu of home-cooked food that can cater for all dietary needs, including gluten free, dairy free and vegetarian options.


Landgate Bistro - 5/6 Landgate, TN31 7LH

British food with a classic or modern slant using locally sourced ingredients from local fields, woodlands and waters.



The Hope Anchor Hotel - Watchbell Street, TN31 7HA

A hotel dating back to the 17th Century with ensuite rooms. Restaurant serves local fish from Rye Bay as well as produce from Romney Marsh and surrounding areas.


Rye Lodge - East Cliff, TN31 7LD

An elegant hotel within the town walls of ancient Rye. If you’re taking part in the Countrywide Tour, you’ll be able to relax and enjoy the swimming pool, sauna & spa bath.


The Gallivant - Camber Sands, TN31 7RB

Just down the road in Camber Sands, this hotel has 20 bedrooms all furnished with coastal colours. All rooms are ensuite and include free WiFi access, flat screen TVs and a continental style breakfast in the morning.

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