The Ship Inn is a family and dog friendly pub and dining room with individually designed hotel rooms. Located in the heart of the historic East Sussex town of Rye. The Ship Inn is a hub for locals visitors and friends alike.
Four out of our eleven boutique rooms are especially cosy for man's best friend. We are open 7 days a week for breakfast lunch and dinner serving locally sourced seasonal food and offer a wide range of beers wines and spirits served with flair and enthusiasm.
Welcome to the Ship Inn disputably Rye's oldest pub! Evidence shows that the original name of the Ship was 'The Cock and Coney' from a deed dated 1722. This grade 2 listed building was built in 1592. During the 18th century it was used to store contraband confiscated from smugglers (usually alcohol) the contraband would be auctioned off and buyers were expected to taste the goods before parting with their money this is most probably how the Ship first became a pub.
The sign on east wall quotes Lord Pembroke in 1781 "will Washington take America or smugglers England first?". Underneath there is a list of custom boats and men of war nearly all from the 18th century. Latin inscription on the other sign reads "God favors King Edward of England".
In more recent history the Ship was rumoured to be frequented by members of the famous writer's club named the Bloomsbury group whose members included Virginia Woolf and HG Wells.
Get an Ordnance Survey map covering the Rye area.
Heritage Rated from 1- 5 (low-exceptional) on historic interest
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Rye Castle Museum - 0.2 miles (Museum)
Rye Art Gallery - 0.2 miles (Museum)
Camber Castle - 1.1 miles (Castle)
Winchelsea Court Hall Museum - 2 miles (Museum)
Fairfield, St Thomas Becket Church - 4.9 miles (Historic Church)
Smallhythe Place - 6.3 miles (Historic Building)
Northiam, St Mary - 6.4 miles (Historic Church)
Great Dixter Gardens - 6.7 miles (Garden)
Newenden, St Peter's Church - 6.8 miles (Historic Church)
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