Rye Bay Scallop Week

The Mermaid Inn

Rye Bay Scallop Week Menu


Rye Bay Scallop Week 2024

Saturday 17th February – Sunday 25th February

Each of these dishes is available in both The Restaurant & The Bar 

Starter £15.95

Main £24.50

Poached Rye Bay Scallop

Thyme Braised Leeks, Salmon Roe, Champagne Veloute


Pan Seared Rye Bay Scallops

Charred Peppers, Cucumber, Sauce Americane


Grilled Rye Bay Scallops

Blood Orange, Lemongrass, Chilli, Ginger

We suggest a glass of English Sparkling Wine with your Scallops

Why not explore the local Gusbourne Vineyard……www.gusbourne.com

It’s shucking time again!

The 2024 Rye Bay Scallop Week is scheduled for Saturday 17th  February – Sunday 25th February.

Rye Bay Scallop Week in Rye, East Sussex offers the perfect opportunity to indulge in seafood delights!  There will  be Scallop events including tasting events, cookery schools and demonstrations, live music and more!

Scallop History

Scallop fossils have been found dating back over three million years and the shell is used symbolically in many ways. Apart from being the logo of a well-known oil company it can often be found in heraldry including Princess Diana’s coat of arms, the Spencer family crest and more recently on Prince William’s Knight of the Garter crest. The shell shape has long been considered a sign of pilgrimage too, particularly of travellers to the shrine of St James at Santiago de Compostela in Spain.

There is a small Wesleyan chapel in the town of Winchelsea, just a mile or so from Rye, overlooking Rye Bay. John Wesley, renowned Methodist preacher, used this little chapel, built in 1785, and conducted his last open air service in the town of Winchelsea in 1790. Is it a coincidence that the Methodists adopted the scallop shell, taken from John Wesley’s coat of arms, as their symbol?