Posts Tagged ‘rye’

Apple Day

Friday, October 23rd, 2009

Apples aren’t the the most glamorous of fruits compared to the papaya or lycee. Is this because it’s a boring fruit, or simply because the supermarkets only sell a fraction of the hundreds of varieties that are out there? Thank heavens for Apple Day, which is every year shines a light on this taken-for-granted fruit and celebrates local varieties. In Rye apples took centre stage for during the farmers market this week – from bobbings to apple pie-making competitions and juice tastings. Sadly the great British weather was a bit of a dampener, but the hard-core fans (sorry for the pun!) turned out to support the Pippin and Cox. Check out the pictures.

Bobbing Boy - don't fall in!

Bobbing Boy - don't fall in!

Tasty to the Core!

Tasty to the Core!

Apple Crisps? What next!

Apple Crisps? What next!

Granny Smith

Granny Smith

Juel in the Crown

Thursday, May 21st, 2009

There’s a shop in Rye which is dangerous. It beckons you in with glittering jewels and you may well emerge back onto the streets of Rye a little bit poorer.

But we have to say that Juel is one of the most wonderful treasure-troves around, selling  jewellery that you’d never find anywhere else. Most of what they sell is handmade in Europe and each piece is unique. This is not where you go for a silver neck chain, this is where you go for someting that will make a real statement.

We’ve also just found out Juel are offering a hire service so you can make like Cate Blanchett and head off to a party wearing something seriously special (pearl choker below a case in point) knowing that it’s not cost you very much. Sadly Juel don’t provide a security guard to protect you on the red carpet, but maybe next year.

You wouldn't wear this when popping out for a pink of milk...

You wouldn't wear this when popping out for a pink of milk...

Given that they specialise in being ahead of the curve, we asked Juel co-owner Judith Herbert about the cultural movements influencing what you’ll see in the shop:

“We don’t follow seasonal trends because we adopt a ‘futurist’ approach –  we look at key events –  like anniversaries of  famous artists and designers – that have a great influence on design in our environment, from clothing to interiors and architecture. These movements become reference points for the jewellery we buy for Juel.

So at the moment in jewellery, you’ll generally be seeing elaborate designs around, which stems from the Victora and Albert museum’s current Baroque Exhibition, also abstract designs which take a cue from all the Picasso revival’s that are going on.

“For next season, we’re anticipating a 1950s and modernist revival, and Juel is also going to be reflecting the Art Deco period with a strong contemporary edge.

“Another movement, linked to the recession, is the revival of ‘Art in Design’. We want to offer products that will stand the test of time, and that offer versatility – people are being more cautious in buying new clothing, so this season we are having great success with vibrant colours that lift and enhance neutral outfits. Sometimes it is more prudent to purchase accessories than to replace items in the wardrobe. Several new looks can be created using accessories, say with a simple black dress. It is a formula used always by stylish French women.”

So there you go: make like the French and don’t bother with a new frock, all you need’s a necklace (though make sure it’s Art Deco!).

Juel have shops in Battle and Rye, and say hello to Judith next time you’re in. She might even show you that pearl choker.

Comic Relief Etc.

Friday, March 13th, 2009

Many visitors to Rye tell us that the highlight of their trip has been stumbling into the shop Glass Etc and coming out a few pounds poorer but much happier. Run by raconteur and glass Expert Andy McConnell, who is one of the Experts on the BBCs Antiques Roadshow, Glass Etc. is a treasure trove of a shop. It specialises in glassware – much of it completely affordable –  which sits on the shelves looking beautiful and twinkling, and you can usually guarantee when you go in that:

a. Fleetwood Mac will be playing
b. You will be offered a cup of tea
c. There will always be something anomolous for sale (a few months ago there was a sack of Wet Walnuts from Andy’s house in France)

Inside the treasure-trove of Glass Etc.

Inside the treasure-trove of Glass Etc.

It’s truly a wonderful place that takes life light-heartedly, so it came as no surprise to hear that Andy will be starring in Comic Relief this Friday night. Tune in to BBC2 at 6.30pm tonight (friday) for Priceless Antiques Roadshow, where andy will be traversing Rye with tongue firmly in cheek. Expect much mischief and fun…

Andy McConnell in action on Antiques Roadshow

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.

For more formal news you’re best off subscribing to our newsletter via The George in Rye website.

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.