The Ypres and its big, green garden are open for drinks four days a week – Thursday to Sunday – from noon until late evening. We don’t take bookings: just turn up and add to the gaiety of the pub.
Beer and cider is our main focus. Our favourite breweries are the likes of Deya, Burning Sky, Kernel, Polly’s, Beak and Howling Hops. We also support small local producers such as Three Legs, Nightingale Cider and Rother Valley Brewing. Our draught lager comes from Rothaus in Germany’s Black Forest.
Our food offer consists of local cheeses and cured meats alongside superior bar snacks. Subject to availability, we serve these all day.
The pub is best reached by walking up through town to Church Square from the High Street, and then down the steps by the castle. *Ignore the route Googlemaps suggests*: it’ll take you all round the houses! If you’re driving, park in one of Rye’s many public carparks and walk here.
The pub’s name refers to the adjacent medieval castle, which in turn was named for John de Ypres: he was a nobleman from the Flemish city of Ieper/Ypres (in modern-day Belgium), who lived in the castle as a private residence for several decades from 1430. It’s got nothing to do with the First World War: this pub’s been here since the 17th century, so that conflict is recent history to these old timbers.