A glorious drive down to Rye in wonderful spring sunshine. Perched on a hilltop and surrounded by marshland, historic Rye – so quintessentially English.
First stop is Knoops for hot chocolate. Knoops sells such wonderful hot chocolate. I actually dream about it and wish I had someone on hand to make me one every morning (and evening for that matter). The choice is surprising and amazing. From sweet smooth and indulgent to full on 99% cocoa with no added sugar there is literally something for everyone. You can add flavours too, recommended by the chocbar(istas)! Fresh spices and herbs, fruits, sea salt, lavender.
We a chose a 39% smooth and frothy milk chocolate, a 54% with lavender and, transported to chocolate heaven, take ours to Camber Sands to walk Lily on the sand dunes.
Stopping to buy some fish from Rye Bay fishmonger to make a fish stew later. Lunch at the stylish, sophisticated and somewhat quirky George in Rye. There’s a buzz about the place, a relaxed atmosphere good service and great food. We chose giant gambas with lemon, chilli, garlic and fennel seed, and a ‘Bacon blue’ burger with Gorgonzola, sweet caramelised onion and balsamic mayo in a brioche bun. Delicious!
Provencal stew – later in the day!