Ambling along the High Street in Rye we came across the Rye Deli painted in a gorgeous minty colour with huge glass windows. It looked welcoming and stepping inside we were hit with an amazing aroma of baked delights.
A true foodies heaven with racks of jars, boxes and tins of all manner of preserves, oils, biscuits and goodies for sale. A fantastic place to come if you need a present for someone who loves the finer things in life.
The aroma of the savories was mouthwatering, so much so that even after our lunch at The Apothecary we all got some snacks for later. Ollie went for a chunky Scotch Egg, Tester 1 went for a pastry Cheese Twist and I got a Brocalli & Stilton Quiche and a Red Pepper, Leek and Cream Cheese quiche. It's all homemade on site using fresh local, seasonal ingredients.
The menu is extensive, freshly made sandwiches with fillings such as pastrami with dill & mature cheddar or sweet chilli crayfish & lettuce. They also do some hearty grub which requires you bringing in a dish to be filled with meals such as cottage pie or fish pie or lasagne. The cheese selection cannot go unnoticed either with a huge selection of local, English and Continental cheeses with seasonal specialties.
The choice of savoury quiche flavours is also vast, along with an eye boggling selection of sweet pastries and tarts - Portuguese custard tart, black cherry bakewell, morello cherry almond pastry and Turkish delight to name a few.
One rack which caught our eye was full of tea from a brand you'll probably think you haven't heard of, Taylors of Harogate. These tea and coffee specialists founded in 1886 are an independent family company and as well as the special blends of tea on sale they are also the makers of the well known Yorkshire Tea.
Ollie demolished his scotch egg there and then and reported it to be top draw, with a crusty and crunchy outer which was as good as his mums. Still full from my lunch I saved the quiches for my dinner. The Stilton & Brocalli was very strong and definitely a must for blue cheese lovers whilst the Red Pepper, Leek and Cream Cheese was very tasty. Overall a great deli offering a huge range of home cooked and specialised produce.
28b High Street
28b High Street