The Mermaid Inn
Rye Bay Scallop Week Menu
February 18th – February 26th 2023
Each of these dishes are available for
Luncheon or Dinner in Our Main Bar and Restaurant
as a Starter or as a Main Course
“Shell Baked” Rye Bay Scallop
Winter Vegetable & Scallop Nage
Pan Seared Rye Bay Scallops
Spinach, Thyme braised leeks, Champagne Velouté, Caviar
Rye Bay Scallop Ceviche
Blood Orange, Chilli, Lemongrass, Ginger
We suggest a Glass of Gusbourne English Sparkling Wine with your Scallops
Why not explore the local Gusbourne Vineyard……www.gusbourne.com
It’s shucking time again!
The 2023 Rye Bay Scallop Week is scheduled for Saturday 18th February – Saturday 26th 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 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?