Once a year, every year, the medieval town of Rye celebrates that tenderest of morsels, the mollusc with the most, the Rye Bay Scallop. Forget those Scottish imposters, the gently sloping sandy bed of Rye Bay is the place for scallops, and the time is February.
All over town, nature’s bounty is celebrated with demonstrations, special menus, live music – and the traditional wheelbarrow race, more of which later. At the Ship we’ve something everyday.
We have daily specials with something for everyone, from the familiar Coquille St Jacques, to more adventurous dishes. Korean ramen anyone? Book a table to be sure, or just turn up and see what we have on the day.
SATURDAYS 18TH AND 25TH – SCALLOPS ON STAGE
This is a four-course exhibition of a menu with our friend the scallop very much centre-stage, the life and ‘sole’ of the party, but not alone. The menu is £50 per person, and you can see if it’s for you here.
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SUNDAY FEBRUARY 26TH – WHAT A LOAD OF SCALLOPS!
Help us close the Scallop Week with the most fun you can have on one wheel – the annual What a Load of Scallops wheelbarrow race. It’s a cut throat competition, in which teams of four race to get their barrow full of scallops from the boat at quayside, to the Ship Inn. It’s about a mile and a half of mud sweat and tears. Race starts outside Rye Bay Fish on the bridge at 10am prompt.
If you’d like to enter, email email@example.com Entry is £10 per team and all proceeds got the Lifeboats.
That’s it! So, if you’re a ‘fan’ (geddit?) of the scallop, then get the dates in your diary.