All the pubs in Rye that AREN’T the Ypres Castle – No.1 – The Hope Anchor

The Ypres is a great drinking house, it really is, but it’s not the only pub in Rye, and I suppose I need to do all of them now Mrs RM has a caravan down there.

Perhaps best not to do them all after 3 pints in the Ypres,

but I did attempt to walk those off amongst the cobbles and timber,

though the truth is you can walk the walls in 2 minutes,

in which time you’ll come to an inviting hotel bar that you’ll need to check on What Pub just in case it sells cask.

Oh, it does. And I really fancied a Harvey’s.

Two gentleman drinkers in one corner, a group of French tourists in the other appreciating the jazz.

One of the French group approached the bar and asked for a glass of milk.

“JUST…milk ?”

“Yes, semi-skimmed”

and paid the £1.50 on his card. The last person I saw drink milk in a pub was 5 years old.

I didn’t expect much from the Sussex Best in a small hotel bar, but it was…

(FAB = NBSS 3.5, cool and rich).

I made more notes here than at any pub this year, the well-dressed and erudite Old Boys being a pubgoer’s dream.

It dawns on me, I have lost..fifty p !”

Did you get home safely and sensibly last night ? (pause) I sense not.

It was nonsense, it was magical, but I suddenly realised I was ******, so I did the only thing possible, and had a Guinness.

Back at the caravan, Mrs RM had made her own plans.

4 thoughts on “All the pubs in Rye that AREN’T the Ypres Castle – No.1 – The Hope Anchor

  1. “The last person I saw drink milk in a pub was 5 years old” reminds me of the Pheasant in Stafford kept by Sid Tomlinson from 1939 to 1980, in the mid 1970s one of only two Ansells pubs in town that hadn’t ben converted to keg, the other being the Railway. Despite his age Sid was also a milkman and occasionally I saw customers ordering and drinking a pint of milk, served in a normal pint glass.

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