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Rye’s Scallop Week Festival received a boost when it was featured in a recent Guardian article which urged people to visit Rye.

The article, by Clare Gogerty, was published on January 13.

It praised the town and surrounding area stating that Rye was an ‘idyllic’ place for a weekend break.

The article says: “It was probably the jumble of fine Georgian and medieval houses, cobbled streets and views of Romney Marsh that drew writers EF Benson and Henry James to Rye. Both lived in Lamb House, the setting for fictional town Tilling in Benson’s Mapp and Lucia books.

“Seafood is the other draw: Next month the annual Rye Bay Scallop Week (21 Feb-1 March) is on, which encourages local restaurants to dish up this toothsome mollusc in ever-more inventive ways.

Both the Globe Inn and the George Hotel get name-checked with the Globe being described as “an eccentrically furnished clapboard building with log fires to hunker beside while nursing a well-kept pint.”

Both the Ambrette and Webbes Fish Cafe are praised in the article which goes on to say that “the High Street is packed with tea rooms offering homemade scones and sandwiches.”

The article gives details about local transport links, including rail and bus, and recommends a visit to Camber Sands.

Jeakes House is recommended and described as “a snug, richly furnished 16th-century small hotel in the centre of town.”

The article states: “There are plenty of shopping opportunities including The Vintage Stockroom, a new shop packed with utilitarian furniture, industrial bits and Americana.

“There are a cluster of antique shops by the quay including Glass Etc (Actually in Rope Walk), run by Antiques Roadshow expert Andy McConnell.

“The George hotel has just opened The Shop Next Door , selling hotel-inspired soft furnishings.”

The much anticipated Scallop festival has helped put Rye on the nation’s food map and attracts foodies from all over the country, eager to sample the local seafood delicacy.