Our little corner of the south east produces some of the finest meat, seafood, fruit and wine in the UK so it’s no surprise that there are also a good choice of restaurants, pubs, cafes and tearooms close to Swallowtail Hill which have a strong emphasis on locally sourced food.
You’ll find a list of our favourite places at the bottom of this page.
Throughout the year there are festivals celebrating local produce and are well worth exploring if they coincide with your visit to Swallowtail Hill.
Scallops have long been fished in the waters of Rye Bay and the harvesting of them is restricted in order to preserve future stocks. The Scallop Festival in Rye each February sees many of the local restaurants offer special scallop dishes and local wines to celebrate this delicious and nutritious shellfish.
The Stade in Hastings is the home of Britain’s largest fleet of beach launched fishing boats. The nature of fishing like this – small boats with a small catch - means that the fleet has always fished in an ecologically sound way. Each September the Hastings Seafood and Wine festival is a glorious weekend of gourmet food and wine enjoyed alongside live music and street entertainment.
October in Rye is when Wild Boar Week takes place. Restaurants showcase dishes featuring wild boar as found in the local area, along with other speciality game from rabbit and pheasant to venison and mallard.
Our region is famous for its vineyards and you can visit many of them for tours and tastings. Most famous is Chapel Down which is just fifteen minutes’ drive from the farm. But we’ve also Hush Heath and Sedlescombe vineyard close by – and closer still is Oxney Estate which is just at the end of our lane.
The George Inn, Rye - currently closed following a fire in 2019 - refurb likely to be complete by summer 2021
Webbe’s at The Fish Café, Rye – specialising in fresh fish from Rye Bay and Hastings.
The Ship Inn, Rye – an excellent gastro pub serving locally soured food.
The Globe Inn Marsh, Rye – a cosy pub open for breakfast through dinner with a menu to suit all tastes and appetites.
The White Dog Inn, Ewhurst Green – hearty home cooked food in a lovely village pub – great for a Sunday Roast.
The Limewharf Café, Newenden - breakfast, lunch, coffee & cake - a lovely spot by the river.
The White Hart Inn, Newenden - a good pub menu and a lovely beer garden in the summer months.
The Curlew, Bodiam - formal food meets informal dining.
I am in love with this place! This place is perfection! Wonderful hosts too. Can't wait to come back for more adventures. A slice of heaven in the world - it will always be a special place for us both.
Sam & MJ
Perfect, idyllic, lovely and special times together.
Sheena and Lenny
The best pork pie we've ever eaten! We couldn't eat it all on our picnic (you don't underfeed do you!), so we're taking the rest home with us - delicious. Thank you.
Amanda & Michael
Wow – the Meadow Keeper’s Cottage is a work of genius. A beautiful, peaceful, setting and a most relaxing of places to stay. We loved every minute of it. Will definitely be back in the future.
Em & Dom
Brilliant weekend in Woodcutter’s Cottage. Very peaceful and left feeling purified, living in London as we do. Showered in sleet the first morning and frost the next, but the shower was toasty and invigorating.
Joe & Zoe Sharpe
The kids have loved the freedom here, the experiences, not to mention feeding the animals. Thank you for sharing this with us.
The most amazing weekend, so magical! Sarah & Christopher are the pefect hosts and couldn't have made our time here more special. Had our own private dinner in the Hill Top Tent watching the sun go down and my boyfriend proposed! Will never forget our stay here!
Dom & Matt
What a find! Exactly what we needed for a few days. Time together, no business, no children and time with a book. Sarah and Christopher thank you for your great hospitality. Rye – thank you for the great shops. Lunch at the George was fab. The experience has been fantastic and I’d like to think we’ll see you again one day.
Mary & Nick
We had a wonderful few days staying in the cottage, playing games and toasting marshmallows and running in the sand dune of Camber Sands - thank you.
Very much enjoyed our stay and also the boat trip to Bodiam; the science observatory at Herstmonceaux; and the rare breeds centre as well as fish & chips on the beach at Winchelsea. Many thanks!
Katie & Co.
Thank you for such a wonderful stay in your beautiful Meadow Keeper's Cottage. It's just the sweetest hideaway with some amazing touches. The area is stunning we visited Rye, Bodiam Castle and had a great meal at The Ferry Inn. A very special way to spend our first wedding anniversary.
Cathy & James
What a way to celebrate a 70th birthday, back to nature with most of the family. We had glorious weather too. Thank yoy for a great weekend!
Tish & John
Thank you for the beautiful setting and the most perfect wedding day. What a beautiful place to wake up as Mr & Mrs. We first fell in love with Swallowtail Hill two years ago - we'll definitely be back. Magical!
Hannah & Lee
Loved our time with you – thank you so much! Really relaxing just being here and got super lucky with the weather. Cooked an extravaganza on the campfire on two occasions, loved feeding the gorgeous animals, and waking up with the dawn to foxes, bird song, squirrels and sheep. Beautifully snug. Thank you so much.
Marie-Louise, Becca & Suko
A unique experience for a great escape away from the stresses and strains for modern city life and mod cons. Thank you!
Nadia & Claire
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