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.

You will also find a painting gallery and some 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

  • The Greenhouse Rye
    Located in the Mint Mark enjoys filling the shop with a varied and interesting selection of beautiful house plants and often fascinating decorative items for the home. The stock changes depending on availability and seasonal changes. Email +441797226572
  • 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 ...
  • 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: +441797223268