The Hope Anchor  (Shortlist*)

A once-upon-a-time smugglers’ refuge, and a watering hole for sailors and shipbuilders past, this white-painted, family-owned hotel stands at the end of a cobbled street. It has good views across the quayside, Romney Marsh and Camber Castle, to the sea beyond. Managed by Christopher George, it is run with ‘pleasant’ staff. Most of the ‘comfortable’, simply furnished bedrooms have panoramic views; all are equipped with tea- and coffee-making facilities, a clock radio, a TV and slippers. In the spacious, modern dining room, chef Kevin Santer serves ‘well-cooked’ traditional English dishes using fish, meat and produce from Rye and surrounding areas. Lounge, bar (snack menu), dining room; room service. Free Wi-Fi. Background music. Weddings. Parking permits supplied. Children (special menu; cot, monitor, high chair; over-5s £30 per night) and dogs (in some rooms) welcomed. 16 bedrooms (1 in roof annexe; 2 apartments, 1 on ground floor with patio; 1 cottage). Per room B&B from £115, D,B&B from £160. 2-night min. stay on bank holidays.
  • Our 3-day midweek winter break was exceptional value. All the staff, including management and cleaners were pleasant. Our good-size room had been almost completely refurbished, and was always warm enough. It was comfortable, but the bed was fitted with a duvet, and sheets and blankets could not be offered. The ensuite bath/shower room needed refurbishing. The food at dinner was well cooked and included in the' off season package' was a bottle of house wine per couple each night and the choice of wines was good. Breakfast was not up to the standard of the dinner. Muzak varied between classical and old pop.

    Colin Boocock, 05/02/2014

  • This is a comfortable and well run hotel. The rooms are lovely and food very good and the staff welcoming and helpful. We stay at the Hope Anchor every year because we love Rye and the surrounding area.

    Valerie Collier, 15/11/2013

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The Hope Anchor

Watchbell Street, RYE Sussex England TN31 7HA


01797 222216