We are delighted to announce we have launched our second venue together with The Hope Anchor Hotel. The Hope Anchor is situated on Watchbell Street in the heart of Rye, and will be featuring Afternoon Teas alongside refreshing Gin Cocktails and a selection of the UK’s finest Craft Beers with a cute and quirky vintage feel. It is a cosy and friendly venue packed to the ancient rafters with beautiful and varied creations from local artists, which is all available to buy starting at a very affordable £15. Please enquire with Emma Miller at Art & Soul regarding Artwork or Sandy Highfield at The Hope Anchor for hotel bookings. We will also be offering art classes and other workshops in the near future, please sign up to our newsletter for first refusal!
Dating back to the 17th Century and situated on the delightful cobbled streets in the heart of the citadel, The Hope Anchor is famous for it’s stunning views over the beautiful medieval town. The hotel has a rich and intriguing history. Once surrounded on three sides by the sea, Rye’s maritime heritage dates back to Norman times. To defend it against frequent attacks from the French, Rye became an ‘ancient town’ of the powerful Cinque Ports Confederation and soon became a smugglers paradise. The Hope Anchor was a favourite haunt of the infamous Tenterden Gang who took shelter after out gunning their rivals. The beautiful beam in the Tea Room was even salvaged from a real ship which was sunk in Rye Harbour. The Hope Anchor also features as ‘The Traders Arms’ in the popular Mapp & Lucia novels written by E.F Benson, who lived and wrote at Lamb House, and also stars in Malcolm Saville’s childrens stories as ‘The Gay Dolphin’. It is one of the smallest hotels in Rye, and a traditional family-run establishment which prides itself on a warm and friendly welcome.
The Hope Anchor, Watchbell Street & Traders Passage All Photography By Emma Miller. Prints available.