Advantages Excellent food, friendly attentive staff, great selection of drinks, massive beer garden
Disadvantages steps up to the toilets might be difficult for disabled diners, loud music on a friday
London is a funny old place. One minute an area is considered terribly C2DE (or downmarket for non marketers!) the next a starbucks and organic bakery moves in and before you know it you can add a couple of noughts to the most average home in the area. Peckham is one such area currently being gentrified. The butt of a million jokes at the expense of the hit BBC comedy 'Only Fools and Horses' the residents of Peckham are now having the last laugh.
Peckham is located about 5 miles south of central London, and is the shabbier neighbour to upmarket East Dulwich. I have to be honest there are still probably only about 3 really decent places to eat at the moment in Peckham, but with planned developments for a tram link into central London, and the various 2012 backed initiates for the area its all looking pretty rosy for the future.
Located at the top of Rye Lane the Rye Hotel overlooks part of one of the most beautiful, and surprisingly not that well known about, parks in South London. A large old building with several floors; however just the ground floor is open to guests. From the outside on a fine day you'll see the doors open and several tables and chairs set out for customers. There is also a decked area to the left of the main doors which also has several permanent benches. When you enter from the road the first thing you'll probably think is, 'wow this place is really nice'. You walk first into a bar area that has lots of tables with mismatched chairs of all sizes. The floor is exposed wood, and the walls are white with lots of local modern art displayed. If its winter you'll see a wonderful big open fire roaring in the grate with comfy sofas surrounding it just begging you to buy a drink and sink back and enjoy them. The bar itself is also worth a mention in my opinion. It's really beautiful, and has a large wooden clock set into the top of it. The combination of the old fashioned wood and the modern high end spirit bottles looks great. Up at the bar are 4 or 5 trendy looking high silver stools with black swivelling seats that are also comfy to while away a few hours on.
The Rye offers several beers on tap including, Youngs, Hoegarden, Guinness, Fosters and Stella Artois. They also serve the now popular Magners Cider by the iced glass.
They also have a wide range of bottled lagers, including Sol and Rolling Rock, classic cocktails and a great wine and champagne list.
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