This 17th century pub is hidden away on a flight of steps just beneath the ramparts of Rye Castle, at the south east corner of the old town. It’s a tremendously romantic setting. In the warmer months the beer garden is idyllic, with its views across the marsh and the River Rother. In the winter, the low beamed interior and log fire make it a warm and inviting place to hide away. The focus is on the best craft beer, local cider and natural wines.

Opening hours: 12-9pm, Weds – Sun (weather permitting).
(closed Mon & Tues, apart from bank holidays).
Sandwiches and fries made-to-order 12-4pm (subject to availability).

As long as social distancing rules remain in place, the Ypres is operating as a beer garden only: the inside of the pub will not be open to customers (although access to the toilets is possible from outside). On persistently rainy days, the business will simply close. This policy will be reviewed at the end of summer.

BOOKINGS ARE NOT TAKEN: on arrival simply wait in the designated area to be seated by a member of staff. All the tables in the garden are at least 2 metres apart. Don’t come in a big group: by law, a maximum of six people from different households can sit together.

Card / contactless payments only – cash is not accepted.

The pub is best reached by walking up to Church Square and then down behind the castle – ignore the route Googlemaps suggests! If you’re driving, park in one of Rye’s many public carparks and walk here.