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A Stay at the Standard Inn, Rye

The Standard Inn in the charming town of Rye, East Sussex, is over 500 years old. It’s rich in history and has the decor to match. The quintessentially English Inn serves up excellent regional produce such as lamb from the nearby Salt Marshes, the day’s catch from Rye harbour or deliciously sweet Sussex scallops.

If you’re looking for bed and breakfast in Rye then the Standard Inn also has five individually designed guest rooms each with its own unique features. Read on for our review of the Standard Inn. If you’re visiting Rye for the day you might want to read our post What to see and do in Rye for ideas on what to see and do during your visit. 

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Rye, East Sussex 

The ancient town sits nestled between the English Channel and the sheep-dotted hills of the South Downs. Rye is one of five Cinque Port towns. These are a series of maritime towns in Kent and Sussex formed for military and trade purposes. Rye used to sit right on the coast but since the river silted up it’s now two miles from the sea.

The medieval town is as pretty as a postcard with crooked half-timbered houses, steep cobbled lanes and plenty of bars, restaurants and independent shops to explore. Step out of the Standard Inn front door and everything Rye has to offer is right on the doorstep. 


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Reviewed, The Standard Inn B&B in Rye, East Sussex

Reviewed – The Standard Inn, Rye

The Standard Inn is situated in a superb location in the heart of the town’s citadel. It’s close to Mermaid Street and as the whole of Rye is easily walkable everything you’re like to want to see and do are all nearby.

The rooms in the Standard Inn

The rooms have just as much character as the pub itself which is why the Standard is my favourite bed and breakfast in Rye. Original features were uncovered when the Inn was restored and they’ve added a few modern touches.

We were in ‘Hythe’ a large room at the front of the building with exposed beams on the walls and ceiling. A log burner is ensconced in the fireplace for extra cosiness on chilly days.

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Standard Inn, Rye bed and breakfast


The huge, comfortable bed with feather duvet meant we had an excellent night’s sleep. Wardrobe and drawer space for clothes and belongings was plentiful. Tea and coffee-making facilities with biscuits and flat screen TV were also provided.


The Standard Inn, Rye, East Sussex


All rooms have en-suite bathrooms.  Hythe had a bath with overhead shower, basin and W.C. The bathroom, which overlooked the garden, it was on the small side but perfectly adequate. Pecksniff’s toiletries added a nice touch.

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Standard Inn, Rye

The view over the curving street outside and the half-timbered properties opposite made me feel like I’d stepped back in time.

The Mint, Rye


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Breakfast at the Standard Inn

Breakfast takes place downstairs in the pub’s atmospheric Jug and Bottle bar (look closely for the historic carved beams). A roaring fire will keep you toasty in winter as you dig into fruit juice, cereals, yoghurt and fruit from the self-service counter. 

Your order for cooked breakfast will be taken at your table. We went for a full English with locally made sausages and homemade bread which set us up for the day nicely.


Full english breakfast


The Standard Inn – the pub

The Standard is a popular Rye pub frequented by regulars, locals and tourists. It’s my idea of the perfect English pub. There’s always a buzzy feel with a great ambience and welcoming staff and it gets busy fairly early in the evening.

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Standard Inn Rye


The inn has a small but select menu offering locally sourced food all reasonably priced. Table bookings aren’t taken so you’ll need to get there early if you want to eat. There’s a good wine list and the pub also serves local craft beers and ales including its own Standard Inn Farmer Ale. Vegetarian and gluten free meals are available on request. If you’re vegan the staff recommend The Fig at the other end of the High Street.

In summer head for the courtyard which is the perfect little sun trap. The pub is dog friendly. Check out this post about the best things to do in Rye, East Sussex.


Looking for somewhere to stay in Rye? Check for best rates and availability at the Standard Inn, Rye


What’s on in Rye

There’re some regular festivals in Rye that are worth checking out.

Scallop Festival – February

Jazz Festival – August

Rye Arts Festival – September

Christmas in Rye – December


Need to know

Some of the rooms are up steep stairs and may not be suitable for people with mobility issues. Downstairs is the pub so if you like an early night you might find the buzz from below disturbing.

Parking in Rye

There’s no on-site parking but plenty at nearby Station car park which is around five minutes away on foot. It’s reasonably priced at £2.60 per day.

Rye is easily accessible without a car. Trains from St Pancras London via Ashford take less than 1 hour 20 minutes.

The Standard Inn, 33 The Mint, East Sussex, TN31 7EN    01797 225 231

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What to see and do in Rye, East Sussex - Sussex Bloggers

Tuesday 9th of May 2017

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Kathryn Burrington

Sunday 7th of May 2017

I've only been to Rye once for a brief visit, it's such a lovely town. I really must go back and The Standard Inn sounds the perfect base for getting to know Rye that little bit better.


Tuesday 9th of May 2017

I go to Rye at least twice a year and more if I can, it really is lovely to visit and the Standard Inn is right in the centre of things so a good place to base yourself.