Welcome to Rye, a historic and outstandingly beautiful town in East Sussex, England. It finds itself some two miles from the sea at the confluence of three rivers: Rother, Tillingham and Brede.
For hundreds of years, the area was known for its shipbuilding. Indeed, many such vessels constructed here served the Crown in times of war. Since then, it has become an ever-popular tourist attraction, with several places to get an Afternoon Tea in Rye.
The history of Rye dates back to at least Roman times. It later became an essential member of the Cinque Ports confederation during the Medieval era.
One of its oldest surviving buildings is Ypres Tower, built in 1249 as a defence against the French. The Mermaid Inn, originally built in 1156 and rebuilt in 1420, later became a haunt for the infamous Hawkhurst Gang.
Today, history fans would be hard-pressed to find a better place to visit than Rye. Why not wander down its stunning cobblestone streets and admire the ancient buildings on either side of the highstreet?
Once you’ve worked up an appetite, be sure to stop in an Afternoon Tea Rye venue for lunch. Many establishments here stock products from The Kent and Sussex Tea and Coffee Company, thus ensuring quality and consistency.