The Hope Anchor  (Shortlist*)

At the end of a cobbled street, with good views over the town and adjacent marshes, this white-painted, family-owned hotel dates back to the 18th century, when it was a watering hole for sailors and shipbuilders. More recently, it featured in EF Benson's novels. It is managed by Christopher George; 'all staff are pleasant'. In the spacious, modern dining room, chef Kevin Sawyer serves 'well-cooked' traditional English dishes using fish, meat and produce from Rye and the surrounding area. 'Lovely' country-style bedrooms. Lounge, bar (snack menu), dining room; room service. Free Wi-Fi. Background music. Weddings. Children (cots, baby-listening devices, high chairs) and dogs welcomed. 16 bedrooms (1 in roof annexe; 2 apartments; cottage). Per room B&B £99--£180, D,B&B £112--£210
  • 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