Archive for February, 2009

What Rye Reads

Friday, February 20th, 2009

Rye is known as a writer’s town – it’s the birthplace, living place and death place of all manners of classic authors.  Some have slightly dubious links to the town while others are at Blue Plaque Level.

But what do Ryers read? Though we’d love to say we’ve read Henry James’ The Golden Bowl (yep, he lived in Rye for many years and you can visit his house) the answer is, erm, we haven’t got round to it yet. Next year, we promise.

We asked the Martello Bookshop, down the road from The George, to reveal their top-selling titles of the moment. They’re independent booksellers and so free of those 3-for-2 tables that are controlled by the marketers with the budgets to make a book a hit – meaning there’s a little more diversity in the books on offer.

So, what are we all reading in Rye? Local author John Ryan’s Pugwash series are perennial best-sellers for children and the young at heat. Here are a few other hot titles:

‘When Will There Be Good News?’ by Kate Atkinson
the latest literary detective book in a series featuring Jackson Brodie which is recommended by Martello Bookshop staff

‘The Old Country’ by Jack Hargreaves
a best selling nostalgia trip which appeals particularly to those who remember Jack Hargreaves’s television programmes

‘Doctor Syn’ by Russell Thorndike
a story of smuggling on Romney Marsh featuring the sinister Dr Syn, a vicar with a shady past as a pirate and leader of a smuggling gang. Let us know if you bump into him near Rye. He’s probably still wanted.

‘New Moon’ by Stephenie Meyer
sequel to the phenomenal vampire love story ‘Twilight’, a favourite with teenagers (though adults have been known to secretly love the book…) which has been made into a blockbuster film.

‘The Road Home’ by Rose Tremain
a new offering on the subject of economic migration from the author of Restoration.

New Moon, the new vampiric novel from Stephanie Meyer

New Moon, the new vampiric novel from Stephanie Meyer

Want to tell us about books you’re loving at the moment? Drop us a line at and we’ll feature them.

London Fashion Week eat your heart out

Thursday, February 19th, 2009

Rye may not house the Couturiers of Paris, but we don’t need the likes of Chanel to dip our toes in the fashion water.

We recently hosted a catwalk show in the Ballroom of our very own George in Rye (yes, Dior will be booking the venue for next year!), which was organised in aid of the NSPCC.

The team from Aveda organised a hair and beauty show and about 40 models who are customers of Rye Retreat – a day spa in Rye which does a wonderful head and shoulder massage – sashayed down the catwalk in front of an audience of 120.
Over £2000 was raised and Rye took on London Fashion Week at its own game for one night only. Check out some of the photos below (we’re sure the models won’t mind we’ve included a shot of them in their hair rollers!).

The Rollers - all part of the look

The Rollers - all part of the look

They've got the catwalk sorted

They've got the catwalk sorted

If you’ve got any ideas of  events we could host at The George, get in touch and you never know, we might just take you up on it.

Hello from the Blog in Rye!

Wednesday, February 18th, 2009

Hello There

Yep, The George in Rye finally has its own blog. You can expect this to be a place where we report on interesting and unusual things happening in and around Rye, and offer an irreverent take on what’s going on at The George in Rye.

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Ok, first off – in a couple of days Rye will be overrun with scallops for the Rye Bay Scallop Festival.  If you love seafood, this one’s a goodie. Many of the restaurants round town lay on special scallop menus, or if you’re really into your food, look out for the cooking classes. Market Fisheries are running a scellop cutting demonstration for the cheffy ones among you.

Two years ago a journalist came to cover the festival and managed to eat about 20 scallops. If you manage to beat this record, let us know: we salute you.

Scallops be Afeared - the fishin boat's coming to get you!

The festival’s running between 20th – 28th Feb, and you can find out what’s going on at the festival website.