If you're looking for a relatively low-key affair, with around 40-50 of your closest friends & family, where delicious food and a relaxed atmosphere in nice surroundings is the bit that matters most, well then the Ship will serve you well!
It's a 15th century building with lots of character - big windows, original fireplaces and plenty of beams. The pub is situated at the bottom of Mermaid Street in the heart of Rye, which is about as picturesque and charming a town you shall find in all of Englandshire. Rye is also a five minute drive from Camber Sands with its miles and miles of open sand (perfect for a long walk to kick out the cobwebs the morning after the night before).
The pub has different sections which are very flexible and can be used to accommodate your guests in a number of ways. To give you an idea - there's a main bar and restaurant on the ground floor filled with a mix of armchairs, sofas, tables & chairs. This part of the building is great for a drinks reception, or to relax in after dinner and chat late into the night by the fireplace. (also works well as as an area for a live band).
Then upstairs is a private dining room with it's own bar and this is probably the best place to hold the wedding breakfast and the speeches.
The Ship has 10 bedrooms, all en suite, and we recommend that all are booked as part of the event to ensure you have the building to yourselves. If other members of your party are staying nearby (there's a hotel with a further 10 bedrooms directly opposite the pub) then you can all congregate for breakfast together at the Ship the next morning. Breakfast options include eggs benedict, kippers, american pankcakes & french toast.
When it comes to the main wedding meal, the Ship majors on local fish but also has a wide selection of meat dishes and some good vegetarian options too. The chefs are happy to cook bespoke dishes too if you like (and of course tastings can happen in advance).
We've an extensive wine list, a few different champagnes and a barman who makes a kicking margherita.
All of this is at your disposal but in short, we're up for doing whatever you want if we think it'll work so call us with your ideas and thoughts on what you want or come down for a visit and we can go from there...