From this Friday the 25th February the quaint and historic seaside town of Rye comes alive with the annual celebration of locally produced scallops. With most of the restaurants in the town specially adapting their menus to make the most of the shellfish caught on their doorsteps, cookery demos and lessons happening every day and plenty of fishy fun to be had, Rye is the place to be from this weekend!Scallops, whilst not traditionally seen as an aphrodisiac like the oyster, are often portrayed as a symbol of fertility; with Venus rising gracefully from the waves in her own scallop in Sandro Botticelli’s ‘The birth of Venus’.
We have a selection of lovely seaside properties in and near to Rye so that you can get involved in the scallop madness between the 25th February and the 4th March. For a family break with a fishy feel, why not try Anvil Cottage, right in the heart of Rye. This lovely property with plenty of nautical features sleeps 6 and is available from Saturday the 25th until Wednesday for £420.
For a visit to Rye with a group, it would be difficult to top the position and feel of The Highlands, complete which sleeps 11 and is available from the 25th for a week at a price of £1050.
The George in Rye are offering a vast amount of special dishes and events to celebrate the festival, as well as a scallop tasting evening taking place on the 29th February, where guests will have each of their five course celebrating the king of shellfish matched with a suitable (and locally produced) glass of wine.
There is outdoor scallop cooking on the Fisherman’s Quay and you even get the opportunity to pick up the freshest of these delicacies at Market Fisheries on Simmons Quay to cook up at your nearby seaside cottage.