The Kings Head Review
Just a five-minute walk from the centre of Rye, the Kings Head Inn is a family-run 17th century pub with food at its heart, using seasonal and locally-sourced ingredients where possible and cooking food to order.
I popped in on a Saturday lunchtime and received a friendly welcome from Lisa and her team. Once seated in the homely atmosphere of the restaurant – with its beamed walls and ceilings and brick fireplace – we chose to start with the bread basket, which was a delicious mix of crisp fresh seeded brown bread and bread sticks.
For the main I chose the pie of the day – chicken, ham and leek – which was a slice of short crust pastry pie with ample filling which came beautifully presented with creamy mash, seasonal vegetables and a large gravy boat. My partner chose the home-made 100% beef burger with spicy salsa, chunky chips and salad, while adding bacon and cheese too!
As the main meal portions were generous, we opted to share a dessert of orange, raspberry and passion fruit sorbet to refresh our palates and it definitely did the job.
We took the opportunity to visit the nearby town centre to walk off our delicious meal and enjoyed exploring the cobbled streets and independent shops.
With the motto eat, drink and stay, if you are thinking of making a weekend of it the inn’s location proves perfect. Being close to the town and as Camber Sands is nearby, there are a selection of 11 individually-designed rooms for you to choose from.
With Christmas coming up the Kings Head Inn is a great location to get together with family or friends, especially as it offers a large car park, and being dog-friendly even your four-legged friends can join in the celebrations!
Its sister pub, The Ship Inn in Dymchurch, has the same ethos, and having been newly refurbished and also changing the menus on a regular basis, it gives you many a reason to return again and again.
• Rye Road, Rye TN31 7NH, call 01797 225962 or visit www.kingsheadrye.co.uk