The Mint

In the heart of the Ancient town of Rye stands “The Mint”. Breath in the salty sea air, smell the lingering perfume of wisteria and hear the cry of the seagulls as you unwrap the delights of  “Mint Ideas.”

Feel the warm greetings as you step over the threshold and meet local residents and proprietors, Charlie and Jean Clarke, while you browse through their treasure trove of trinkets galore!

Enjoy the blending of the old with the new through the lovingly restored furniture by Charlie combined with with an explosion of contemporary artwork and gifts for friends and home. Discover all this and more within the confines of their traditional and beautiful fifteenth century building.

There is a lovely little tea room called Swann Cottage Team rooms at number 41 where Linda and her husband Steve clearly enjoy what they do in their 15th century family run business, from the tea room you can also exit onto Cinque ports street.

If you like Antique desks and quality furniture and pleasant decorative items then perhaps Rye Antique Desks at number 54 could interest you for a while, this very original tiny shop is another “Tardis” with new little treasures being acquired on a weekly basis by Jean to keep the many regular visitors entertained.

At the Black Sheep Brian offers some lovely Antique china and glass with a selection of lovely hand-knitted woollens that you just wish someone would have sent you for Christmas. You remember that really nice of dinner service with one missing piece ? Well Brian offers a china matching service so you can return your dinner service to its former glory, it would help to take along some of the original pieces so it can be measured and properly identified but the effort is well worth your time.

Plaristo Craft shop is breaking the mould, it’s a lovely little shop offering Natural and artistic candles and from March 2012 is offering “scenes of Rye” candles, this are gorgeous. In addition they have many handmade cards and original woven and knitted items. Don’t mention the weaving Dyeing and crocheting otherwise you will end up buying something else nice to carry home.

You will also find a painting gallery and three antique shops.

If you were off to the beach for the day or planning a walk in one of our local forests or perhaps a round of golf then you may like to know Marino’s Fish cafe quite possibly make the best fish and chips in Sussex. Presented in a well made heat retaining box your meal will still be piping hot when you reach your destination.

With two pubs and the best Fish and Chips for miles

If you wanted to stay in the heart of the Mint then Crispins Apartments offer Comfortable accommodation with a Two bedroomed apartments sleeping upto 4 people from only £300 a week and Children are welcome, they even have parking if you ask them  Swann Cottage Tea rooms 01797 222423
Marino’s Fish Bar 01797 223268
Black Sheep Antiques 01797 224508 or try brian.c.wright@hotmail.co.uk Mint Antiques 01797 224055 or try desks@tiscali.co.uk or see www.ryeantiquedesks.co.uk Mint Ideas  07840 214141   Plaristo Craft Shop 01797 222802 or see www.plaristo.comCrispins Apartments 01797 227492 or see www.crispinofrye.co.uk

  • The Standard Inn The Standard Inn is one of Rye’s most popular pubs, serving great food and reasonably priced beer with a garden area to the rear and easily accessed from The Mint or Cinque Ports street. Offering 5 Bed and Breakfast rooms in the heart of the citadel it is well worth a visit if only to meet ...
  • Crispins Self Catering The large double aspect living room overlooks the rear walled courtyard and at the front you can keep an eye on life in Rye with the ever changing scene in Cinque Ports Street. The room has a leather sofa bed, armchairs, dining table & chairs, colour TV, DVD and video.  The newly fitted kitchen, also ...
  • Marino’s Fish and Chips Rye If Carlsberg did fish and chips. All cooked fresh to order and nicely presented you are going to love the Fish and Chips here, you can also call and book a table for your meal or hire the restaurant. 37-38 the Mint Telephone: 01797 223 268