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This year we really are stoking the log fires at The George in Rye. When it’s chilly and grey there’s nothing like sitting by the hearth in the Tap, watching the flames dart about. If only the ice in our G&Ts didn’t melt so quickly.  As thoughts turn to winter festivity, we are here to invite, indeed to beckon you to Rye to see in the New Year, George-style. Every year we open up the ballroom for a drinks reception, celebratory dinner, and dancing to a retro-style band. In 2011 you adored The Rock ‘n’ Roll Society, and so we have invited them back for more. In their words, the band take some liberties with classic arrangements; expect rousing versions of 1950s tunes and make sure you get your gladrags on for the dance. Those booking two or more rooms at The George over New Year will find a complimentary bottle of champagne on their table at dinner. Space is fast running out, so find the details on how to book here.

If you hope to be in Rye in the leadup to Christmas, we would defintiely recommend a trip to Bateman’s house any time from 1st-19th December. Rudyard Kipling’s former Jacobean home is nice to visit any time of year, but will be transformed to offer the sights, sounds and smells of an Edwardian Christmas. There will be a trail for children, traditional Mummers plays and carols in the grounds. All the events are detailed on the National Trust website – we hope you enjoy!

Many of you will know about the Rye Bay Scallop Festival, but this year we have something new for you: the Hastings Herring Fair. We know what you’re thinking: “Herring??!! Hardly the lap of gourmet luxury!” But think again. This much maligned fish is about to get a makeover. The festival starts on Friday 23rd November with a Silver Darlings Banquet, hosted by chef Paul Webbe at the Jerwood Cafe. On Saturday, after shanty singing there will be a performance from the Hastings Barrow Boys who will use dance, song and Catherine wheels to carry out their “A Catterning and Clemmening”. Back to herring itself, you’ll learn how to pickle and smoke the fish at stalls from Billingsgate Market and the Marine Stewardship council. The whole event is generously being organised by Hastings Fishing Fleet. If you have been seduced by the sound of this festival, you can see all the events on the 1066 country website. Can’t wait.

Each newsletter we seem to be recommending an exciting new shop opening in Rye. Well, November is no different, as we announce the arrival of drapers Merchant & Mills, who are making all things haberdashery cool once more. From beautiful dress patterns to sewing kits, scissors and oilskin bag kits, they are a bit like the shop Labour & Wait, who did great things for washing the dishes with their lovely tea towels and brushes. Merchant & Mills have just arrived on Tower Street and you can also visit their website.

Until next time,
The George in Rye

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