Confiscated Contraband At the Ship Inn
Rye has several famous old pubs and The Ship Inn has it's share of history...this place was where confiscated contraband was stored in the 16th C. It is currently also a hotel/B&B and serves great food! Hubby had the ham and cheese omlette and I had the Butternut soup and with drinks it came to around £14 for two. Very reasonable.
The pub has been host to many famous literary locals, including Henry James, EF & AC Benson, GK Chesterton, Belloc, HG Wells and Rudyard Kipling who wrote a delightful poem about The Smugglers that is now etched in the oak timber in the ceiling of the pub:
If you wake at midnight and hear a horse's feet, don't go drawing back the blind or looking in the street. Them that ask no questions isn't told a lie, watch the wall my darling while the gentlemen go by.
Five and twenty ponies trotting through the dark, brandy for the parson, baccy for the clerk. Laces for a lady, letters for a spy and watch the wall my darling while the gentlemen go by
Rye Tourism Ship Inn Pubs with warm fireplaces and hot food!