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May 7th, 2012, 10:26 AM
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Jamikins & Bikerscott in 1066 Country

Hello dear Fodorites!

Bikerscott and I just got back from a lovely long weekend spent in and around Rye, Sussex. To put it frankly - we both LOVED it! The town itself is really exactly what you picture a town in England to look like with tonnes of great pubs and restaurants.

On Sat morning we dropped the pugs at the kennel in Kent and continued on to Brookland to our first country pub stop, The Royal Oak: http://www.royaloakbrookland.co.uk/

This lovely pub had a roaring fire (cant believe we needed a fire in May!) and great food. After lunch we visited the medieval church beside the pub which has a very distinct bell tower. http://greatenglishchurches.co.uk/html/brookland.html

We then headed out for Rye. We stayed at Hayden's right on the High Street: http://www.haydensinrye.co.uk/Haydens/Home.html

We stayed in Kingfisher and would highly recommend it. Our friend stayed in the Red room and it was fabulous. The beds were a bit hard for our tastes, but not enough to not have a good sleep.

Rye is a fantastic little town, the best thing being that its high street is still full of independent shops - not a Tesco or Next in site! And the restaurants are high quality and full every night - reservations are definitely recommended. Even country pubs around were packed and required reservations for Sunday lunch.

The first night we visited several great pubs, which included:

The George on the High St - this was our least favourite but it was convenient and had a decent atmosphere: http://www.thegeorgeinrye.com/

The Mermaid on Mermaid St - this place was awesome, very olde worldly! http://www.mermaidinn.com/

And finally ended at The Ship, where we had a great dinner: http://www.theshipinnrye.co.uk/

After a great night's sleep and a delicious breakfast we headed out to Battle, where the battle of 1066 changed English history forever. Battle itself is a cute place, but we went into the 1066 Battleground and thoroughly enjoyed the included audio tour. Great way to spend a couple hours!

We then headed to the White Horse for Sunday lunch. This was the third pub we called as everyone was booked solid! http://www.thewhitehorsehurstgreen.com/ Yummy roast beef really hit the spot.

We made our way back to Rye and wandered the cobbled street for a while before hitting the local curry place across from our hotel for dinner. Excellent as well.

Today we packed up after another great breakfast and headed out to Cranbrook. I am originally from Cranbrook BC, named after the Cranbrook in Kent so I couldnt resist a visit. It was a great little village with the tallest remaining (wind)mill in the British Isles.

From there we headed out for a final pub lunch at the Three Chimney's: http://thethreechimneys.co.uk/about.html

This pub was excellent (but not cheap!) and was also fully booked - we got the last available table!

From here we drove home to London following the small roads through countless well preserved villages.

Final Thoughts:
We absolutely loved this area of England and would highly recommend it to travelers wanting to see more of the beautiful countryside. Its a great alternative to the Cotswolds, with lots of history, great country and village pubs, and some lovely villages.

You can see the pics here:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/pug_gir...1d0c711012f4b6
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May 7th, 2012, 10:32 AM
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Actually this is a better link:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/pug_gir...7629988582955/

Enjoy!
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May 7th, 2012, 10:34 AM
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hi both,

great trip report.

we used to live in Kent and loved driving out to this area on day and [sometimes] overnight trips - in fact i think we stayed at the Mermaid once.

i agree that it's lovely and it's a shame that it gets overlooked by foreign tourists. you can guarantee that it'll be crammed with local ones though on a nice summers day, so well done for going out of season.
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May 7th, 2012, 10:40 AM
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lovely pics, BTW. How I miss Kent!
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May 7th, 2012, 10:50 AM
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Thanks Jamikins, it really does look like a pretty part of England. I've made a note of all your resto recos for the next visit to England, possibly next year.

Your pictures are beautiful too; loved the ones of the Bluebells and the Wisteria in bloom.
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May 7th, 2012, 10:53 AM
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Thanks guys!

My new top tip for finding great pubs in the UK is to download the iPad or iPhone Good Food Pub Guide 2012! Its amazing!!!
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May 7th, 2012, 11:11 AM
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Thanks, jamikins. I really enjoyed your report, and the pictures are lovely.

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May 7th, 2012, 11:45 AM
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You could pop up to Stamford Bridge to see the first invasion in 1066 which exhausted the house carls and seperated them from the rest of their troops so much that they lost at the second one. Just outside York.
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May 7th, 2012, 12:03 PM
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Will add it to my list bilbo! Great tip
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May 7th, 2012, 02:09 PM
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Jamkins, Thanks for your colorful report and excellent pics! Reminds me of a favorite poem.

“Home Thoughts from Abroad” by Robert Browning


“OH, to be in England now that April ’s there
And whoever wakes in England sees, some morning, unaware,
That the lowest boughs and the brushwood sheaf
Round the elm-tree bole are in tiny leaf,
While the chaffinch sings on the orchard bough 5
In England—now!”

Remember?
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May 7th, 2012, 08:00 PM
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Nice pictures!! I love Kent/East Sussex too. There is so much to see and so much history around every corner (guess that can be said about most parts of the country Huh? -- but it is just pretty thick on the ground in Kent)

I debated long and hard about what to do w/ the 3 days between my stay in the Dales at the end of this month and hitting London Jubilee weekend. Almost chose Kent because its been a few years - but in the end decided to fly over to Jersey.
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May 7th, 2012, 09:02 PM
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This is much too tame for a Jamikins and Bikerscott report!

C'mon, bring on the good stuff!!!
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May 7th, 2012, 11:41 PM
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Haha that's because I wrote it, not Bikerscott haha joannyc!!!

Janisj - jersey is great, I used to go there for work...the food is fabulous!!!
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May 8th, 2012, 09:36 AM
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Thank you, Jamikins and Bikerscott! Now I've got more places to add to my wish list!
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May 8th, 2012, 06:51 PM
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Lovely pictures. Years ago I was in Sussex/Kent with two nephews in tow. We loved it! The boys played on a beach near Winchelsea. We visited Bodiam Castle and Battle, rode the Dymchurch,Romney & Hythe railroad(not sure that I have the names in the right order)saw a model railway museum and explored Rye. I rememberr there was a model of Rye at the Tourist office. It was quite large and as the recorded narrative went on, lights came on to show which part of the town was being discussed.

Glad you hade a chance to explore and thanks again for sharing your pictures.
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