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The Ypres Castle Inn

A well-kept secret in the ancient town of Rye

At a glance

AA Pick of the Pubs
Bar menu
Microbrewed ales
Open all year
Dog friendly

Known locally as ‘The Wipers’, the pretty Ypres Castle Inn sits beneath the castle’s ramparts and has been providing hospitality since 1640. As you'd expect with such a long pedigree, the atmosphere is relaxed and friendly, and the reading room is stocked with an eclectic literary mix and children’s games. The bar, featuring the original timber frame of the building, serves Larkins and Harvey’s, plus Biddenden cider, all to be savoured beside the log fire. There are magnificent views of Romney Marsh and the River Rother from the garden; the Rye Bay fishing fleet moors close by. Light bites include baguettes, ciabattas and bruschettas; popular choices are smoked haddock, salmon and pea fishcakes; local sausages and mash; or locally caught fish and chips. Booking is advisable for the traditional Sunday roasts. The pub hosts live music on Friday nights, Sundays and in the garden in summer.

Opening hours

  • Open all year
  • Days closed: Monday (November to March)
  • Open all day
  • Opening times: noon to 11
  • Lunch: all week 12–3
  • Dinner: all week 6–9

Food and drink

  • Microbrewery ales

Price guide

  • Credit cards accepted


  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Garden
  • Coach parties welcome, notice required
  • Wedding receptions


  • Children welcome
  • Children's portions
  • High chairs
  • Baby change


  • Dog friendly
  • Allowed in bar
  • Allowed in restaurant
  • Allowed in garden

Getting here

Behind church and adjacent to Ypres Tower.

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