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Had lovely well kept Harvey's Sussex but served in a mucky glass. Whole place did not seem too clean though Henry the vacuum cleaner was in the corner. What a shame. Other better establishments quite near to hand.
Beerscout - 28 Mar 2012 11:45
Nice little side street pub, good for a quiet pint in the evening. Beware the lunchtime bar maid though. I don't think she's related to the two brothers that seem to run the place, but she does her best to be awkward when you order food & responds with a snarl or a shrug if you dare to complain about the food or ask for chips with your main course instead of mash!
Buckhurstboy - 2 Mar 2011 11:02
Three of us dropped in here for lunch. Two of us ordered soup (brocolli and stilton). When it came, it was lukewarm, and tasted of nothing in particular, apart from the lumpy bits of flour floating about. The bread roll had been recently defrosted and was hard and chewy.

When I complained, I got no acknowledgement, apart from a slight shrug. No apology, no words whatsoever. Not an experience I want to repeat and definitely not a pub for eating in.
Sara_M - 30 Nov 2010 16:42
Popped in for food. Which was good, as was the ale.
Were this pub in my home town it would be streets ahead of the competition, but in Rye I'm afraid it's just another very good pub.
MankyBadger - 9 Nov 2010 22:43
Not a great experience here - group of 9, including 4 kids. Food served included lukewarm steak and kidney pies, and a fish pie without a single piece of fish. We complained about this, and were told that this was the way the fish pie is always prepared. We were given a £2 refund,not really adequate given the standard of the food on offer. Not cheap either - £7.50 about the cheapest meal on offer and no child portions or reduced price / sized meals avaliable.

Harveys best on draught - again, not in great condition and not a patch on the pints served elsewhere in town.

We were basically glad to leave this pub , wish we hadn't gone in there in the first place
mike_p67 - 31 Oct 2010 08:13
We were looking for decent ale and something to eat. Having found only one bitter on, decided to scout a few other pubs only to end up back here rather disappointed. However, the food here was excellent, ample and good value.
uriahheep - 19 Jul 2010 22:05
Closed on Sundays.
nickthefish - 28 Jun 2010 20:57
This is a fairly small pub in a sidestreet just off the High Street. As you enter the pub the bar is on the left, with a room at a lower level on the right - which appears exclusively reserved for diners - and another room through a doorway to the right of the bar which seemed cold and uninviting.
There was only one pump in use, serving Harveys Best. On two visits to the pub, the beer was well kept. On my second visit I had a 'mixed ploughman's' lunch which was generously portioned (£7.50).
I understand that the pub has been under new management for a couple of months and I found the staff to be polite and friendly. I do have one criticism though - why there was no heating on in the pub on one of the coldest days of the year?
Nevertheless, I would say this is a pub worth visiting when in Rye.
holbornboy - 3 Feb 2010 22:15
Friendly service (which is lacking in many Rye pubs), and beer straight from the barrel too.
MankyBadger - 15 Nov 2009 11:36
This is not the biggest pub in the world, but it still manages to get some nice tucked away areas in the different rooms/sections of the building.

During my visit there were four hand pumps, two of which had Harvey’s clips on and the other two were bare. None of these hand pumps were being used though as there were a couple of barrels of Harveys sitting on the bar. There was also a very limited selection of draught and a few of these were off. The seated area down a few steps to the right of the pub had an open fire that I’d imagine to be fantastic on those cold wintery nights.

The barman was polite and I would go back if in the area.
Strongers - 27 Mar 2009 11:37
Since my first visit eighteen months ago this place has really improved. Good ales, and straight out of the barrel for the bonfire parade. Whilst I've not weaten there myself, I've seen other people being very happy with the food.
This is a place to visit, and it's in a town with some seriously good pubs.
MankyBadger - 9 Nov 2008 11:00
Decent drinking pub with usually a few decent beers on tap but the food's not the best.
Folkey - 29 May 2008 12:11
The Times recommends this place for its food. Or so they advertised, at least.

Didn't get to pop in for a swift half, but did look very warm and inviting from the outside (particularly as it was a cold winter's day when I was walking by).
North_Easterly - 24 Nov 2007 09:05
improved beyond recocnigion...
MankyBadger - 10 Nov 2007 23:36
If they were as quick to serve you at the bar as the waitresses are to demand you should be eating, then they might be on to something. The locals aren't overly welcoming either.
It's not THAT bad, it's just that there's a lot of pubs very close that are a lot better.
MankyBadger - 26 May 2007 22:18
This is a god awful hole of a pub serving below par nutritional disasters, some free advice, avoid.
ahmedofrye - 27 Apr 2007 08:23
great family environment and plenty of good food - the roasts are fab on a sunday!
tay - 8 Mar 2007 09:49
Bar staff are great, friendly environment, fantastic food, lovely locals.
anonymous - 6 Dec 2006 18:01
Once upon a time this place was thriving. Packed on a Sunday, packed in fact, on a Saturday... who ever the chef was back then (and this is maybe... six years ago?) he was good. His food attracted locals and visitors alike, and the beer wasn't half bad either. These days, it's a sorry state. To be fair, it's not exactly awful, but the general feel is that it wants to be something its not. It's not a youngsters pub. They don't go there, and they probably never will, so get over it and focus your attention on improving your menu.
Oldsod - 19 Oct 2006 00:40
We had a week holiday near Rye and we only got to the Union on the one occasion. Beer choice was limited but excellent quality. Family friendly.
stevewilliams - 26 Aug 2006 15:45
We used this pub for eating and drinking everyday whilst near Rye. I cannot fault the service. The scallops are to die for. How did my husband put it "sex on a plate" The Sunday Lunch was excellent. As was the chicken. We said on our last day that we would have a pudding if it was the last thing we did. No ......... still couldnt manage to find room for a pudding.
catnjack - 4 Oct 2005 01:17
Old split level pub with sevral rooms. Good beer selection
lout_from_the_lane - 28 Nov 2003 14:04

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