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During Step 2 of lockdown unwinding, the beer garden is open for drinks from Thursday to Sunday, from 12 noon until 8pm (so we’re closed Mon-Weds, apart from the May Bank Holiday).

Each of our tables is equipped with a 3 metre wide parasol to fend off any showers. In the event it’s set to rain all day, we’ll have to close.

We aren’t taking table bookings, and aren’t operating as a restaurant: the kitchen will remain closed for now. Just turn up in groups of 6 or fewer, be ready to check in for track & trace, and then enjoy great drinks served to your table.

This ancient inn is a place for people from near or far to rest and be thankful. It’s hidden away on a flight of steps just beneath the ramparts of the castle itself, at the south east corner of Rye’s old town. It’s a tremendously romantic setting.

The Ypres is all about craft beer, local cider and low intervention wines. If you like those things, you’ll love it here. There are no big brands: everything is from genuinely independent producers.

We’re supremely dog friendly: alongside the beers, they’re the stars of the show.

The pub is best reached by walking up to Church Square from the High Street and then down the steps behind 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.