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Places to visit whilst in Hythe

Hythe is an idyllic, small coastal town situated between the Romney Marsh and Folkestone with approximately 16,000 inhabitants. Historically it dates back to, and is mentioned in the Domesday Book, and possibly before that time.

Being situated around Hythe Bay and with hills behind, it would appear to have its own micro-climate, i.e. when Ashford gets a lot of snow, Hythe only seems to get a sprinkling. Being in the Bay it is somewhat sheltered from the prevailing south-westerly winds and Channel tides.

Hythe boasts many activities and sites of interest for visitors, whether it be for a day trip or for a longer, family holiday.

The Romney, Hythe & Dymchurch Railway

Railway287 years of Steam Railway Heritage set against the backdrop of some of Kent’s most picturesque countryside is what makes a journey on the Romney, Hythe & Dymchurch Railway a totally unique experience and is why this Heritage Railway is one of Kent’s Top Visitor Attractions.

 

Port Lympne Reserve.

Zoo HythePort Lympne ReserveExperience an African adventure in Kent when you visit Port Lympne Reserve  home to Kents only authentic safari experience, where giraffes, black rhino, wildebeest and more roam freely over 100 acres of Kentish savannah. Not forgetting western lowland gorillas, agile and playful primates, elusive small cats and impressive big cats. Port Lympne offers a wild adventure like no other!

St Leonard’s Church

St Leonard's Church Hythe GuideFew would disagree with the suggestion that this is one of the most impressive parish churches in Kent. Standing as it does upon a steep slope, dominating the town, overlooking the old houses jostling together and the little criss-cross lanes, apart from its architectural interest,

Royal Military Canal

Hythe CanalThe canal was conceived by Lieutenant-Colonel John Brown of the Royal Staff Corps of field engineers in 1804, during anti-invasion preparations, to ensure that a French force could not use the Romney Marsh as a bridgehead.

Hythe Beaches

hythebeachA wonderful place to walk and experience the local charm of Hythe, England. Hythe Beach is a daily mixture of sights and sounds. The promenade provides walkers, bikers and runners a picturesque place for activity runs almost the entire length of Hythe. The beach is quite rocky so footwear is needed but it doesn’t keep the sail boarders, wind boarders and fishermen from enjoying the water. The local sailing club allows for watercraft of all sizes to add to the scenes out on the water.

American Gardens

AmericanGardens4Resting amid the undulating hills leading from the North Downs to the southernmost Kentish coastline there is a small valley. Hidden here is a gem of astounding beauty, a treasure awaiting discovery: a secret garden in the depths of Kent .Named after the Californian Redwood tree planted 150 years ago at its centre,

Saltwood Castle

saltwoodCastle is privately owned and not open to the general public In Roman Times when the sea covered a great part of Romney Marsh, tides still flowed to the foot of the bluff where Saltwood Castle now occupies a promontary between two streams. The high ground below the Downs was virgin forest to the beaches and, the high tides then flowing some distance up the valley, the lower trees dipped their branches in the mingled waters of sea and stream. Thus the name Saltwood, whose origin stretches back at least to the year 488 when Aesc the son of Hengist and King of Kent, built a castle on the site. .

Fresh water Fishing

fishingThe canal is stocked with carp, pike, perch, bream, rudd, eels and other freshwater fish. Fishing permits are required from the Cinque Ports Angling Society on 01303 891450 and a rod license can be obtained via the Environment Agency. Allocated fishing swims/platforms are positioned on the canal and should be used when fishing on day tickets and during competitions. There are currently four single fishing platforms suitable for users with disabilities, two at West Hythe disabled car park and two at Burmarsh Bridge.

Sea Fishing

beach2Hythe Beach is a popular Winter and Summer venue. The medium depth waters give good sport with Mackerel and Bass in the summer months, with Codling and Whiting showing when the weather turns colder. The usual suspects of crab and worm work well on a two or 3 hook rig. Try clipping your rigs down to get that little e bit of extra distance.

Species Flat fish, Bass, Pouting, Whiting, Cod, Eels, Dogfish, Mackerel

Kite Surfing

KitesurfingKite surfing has taken off in Hythe, whenever its windy you will almost certainly be treated to the spectacle of brightly coloured kites zipping across the sky, pulling riders, jumping and surfing. There is unrestricted parking along the seafront, and a good area to set up, bbq etc. Kite surfing can be excellent within the Hythe Bay, with prominently south west winds. There is a lot of local support and a local kite and sail shop for your bits and pieces.

Wind Surfing

Wind surfingHythe is a large bay with best wind directions W-SW although  anything from NE through the easterlies to SW also works. The setup for windsurfing is nice and easy, with plenty of parking along the seafront. Hythe can see some nice waves coming in so it works as a wave sailing location as well as bump and jump. There is a lot of local support and a local kite and sail shop for your bits and pieces.

Kayaking

KayakHythe and has access to 37 miles of sea coast line and 27 miles of flat water. Enjoy canoeing and kayaking sessions in the south east of Kent surrounded by natural beauty. some even fish !!

Golf

imperal-golfHythe boasts two golf courses. A very challenging nine-hole links course, 18-tee and 5,402 yard golf course. It is, essentially, a quite unforgiving par 68 links course of particularly high standard. The second hole alone measures some 549 yards  a good hole by anyones standards. Bounded by the Royal Military Canal and the English Channel, you can really enjoy some refreshing sea breezes. There is a practise green and a well- stocked shop which also provides club repairs. Our second golf course is an 18-hole course and is the nearest golf course to the Channel Tunnel either side of the water. It is also considered to be one of the most picturesque courses in Kent.

Indoor Swimming

Hythe-poolHythe boasts a nice family size swimming pool, ideally suited for those rainy days when one can’t get to the beach. With all the usual facilities for the disabled. We also have a very strong swimming club called Hythe Aqua Swimming Club which runs synchronised swimming, water polo and competitive swimming. The main swimming pool is 25m x 11m with a dedicated teaching pool (baby pool) 9.5m x 4.5m. The pool caters for Early Morning Swims, Senior Sessions, Adult Only Sessions, Family Sessions, Lane Swimming, Aqua Fit Classes, Atlantis Swimming Lessons for All Ages, Pool Parties, Swimming Galas, Snorkelling and Personal Survival.

Hythe Historic Building

CenturiesFor a town that has been at the front of Britain’s defenses since Roman times it is remarkable that buildings, some dating back to Saxon times, are still standing. The remains of the Saxon church of St Edmond’s are still to be found as part of the North Transept of St Leonard’s Church. Centuries, built in the mid 12th C. is one of only a few buildings of that time whilst the High Street offer a number of Medieval Hall Houses clearly identifiable behind their more recent facades. The 16th C. Manor House and the Georgian Town Hall are well worth a visit.

Martello Towers

MartelloMartello Towers were small defensive forts first built in the South East of England during the Napoleonic War between 1805 and 1808. They were built throughout the British Empire, in 5 different continents, during the first half of the 19th Century. 103 in total were built around Britain, after the South East, a large number can be found in Essex, Suffolk and in Ireland. Martello towers.

Hythe Walks

Hythe Walk h 3There are many fine walks in and around Hythe, from our promenade which is approx. four miles long, to The Royal Military Canal which runs for 28 miles though some of the most idyllic countryside in Kent, not to mention the multitude of wildlife to be seen along the way. A walk too through Brockhill Country Park with its waterfall and tranquil surroundings is extremely rewarding. For those who are more historically minded, there are many buildings and structures to be viewed, i.e. the Sound Mirrors, Martello Towers, the ancient crypt of St. Leonard’s Church. There are also guided walks around our ancient buildings organised by the Hythe Civic Society.

Hythe High Street

Hythe-High-StreetHythe High Street is typical of a small, ancient coastal town featuring many buildings dating back to the 15th century. Uniquely, the High Street is approximately one mile long and has many interesting shops, 80% being non-franchise. These individual artisan shops makes it a far more adventurous and rewarding shopping experience.

Farmer’s Market

MarketHythe Farmer’s Market was established in March 2004 by popular demand and it continues to provide good quality local food to the people of Hythe and its environs. Run by volunteers, the market takes place on second and fourth Saturdays of the month from 10am to midday. Parking is available nearby

Car Boot Sales

Car-bootHythe has earned a well-deserved reputation for its successful boot fairs. With the three prominent ones being Hythe Cricket club, The Hythe Green, Saltwood Cricket Club with these three there ample parking. Of course there are many more thoughout the year in Hythe these you will find in our Events Calender or Upcoming events.

Race Course

Race-courseRacecourse which is situated in Hythe has, unfortunately, suspended racing for the foreseeable future. Nevertheless, during the course of the year there will be many events taking place. The War and Peace have made this there yearly show ground. There is of course are more shows which will be shown on Hythe

Tennis

TennisThe Club has eight all weather floodlit courts and has several social tennis sessions weekly and also full availability for individual games of fours or singles play. The Club enters over 20 teams in the local leagues during the summer months and 17 during the winter season. The Club is as active during the winter as it is in the summer and has a full social programme in addition to tennis tournaments and fun events. The Club has a very strong junior section under the arm of Nick Skelton our full time tennis coach and his team of qualified assistants. Although Hythe Lawn Tennis Club is a members Club and we do not have any facilities for Pay and Play we will always encourage tennis players to enjoy their chosen sport so whether you are living in Hythe and are interested in joining or whether you are simply holidaying in Hythe and want to play some tennis we will try to accommodate you.

 

The Hythe Festival

FestivalThe Festival comes round every second year. 2012 was the 10th the modern day festival; 20 years, and still going strong. In fact, there is even more history than that, for in 1951 when the Civic Society was still called the Hythe Citizens Union, a Festival Week with a nearly identical logo took place and included (according to the Official Programme price 6d), an Arts and Crafts Exhibition in the Institute (First Prize a 4-valve AC/DC Mains Wireless Receiver), a Ball in the Imperial (tickets 12/6), a Miss Hythe Festival, (young ladies over 16, resident in Hythe could enter; afternoon dresses to be worn), a Fashion Show, a Puppet Show in The Grove Half a century later a group of volunteers planned a follow-up, each chipping in an amount to buy stationery. 1992 was a worrying time in Hythe there were plans to impose a precinct on the High Street and traders were worried about the effect of that on foot-fall. It also happened that the Tour de France was to come through the Town, so Mayor Arthur Kensett called in his friend Cllr Maurice Maisey, and together they planned events surrounding that, to bring a little cheer to all.

The Venetian Fete

The Venetian FeteThe Venetian Fete PROCESSIONS of floating tableaus, plenty of music, a touch of pageantry, a grand firework display, a cast of hundreds, an audience of thousands, five hours of family fun  that is the Hythe Venetian Fete, held on the Royal Military Canal every two years. The town’s unique aquatic carnival is due to return on Wednesday, August 20, next year and the organiser  the not-for-profit Hythe Venetian Fete Society  has already started preparations for an afternoon and evening of exciting spectacle and entertainment. Traditionally, the main events of the fete are daylight and after-dark processions of decorated floats, each with a humorous, artistic, historic or topical theme. The daylight procession is headed by a ceremonial barge carrying the mayors of the Confederation of Cinque Ports in full regalia. The floats are illuminated at dusk. Happenings on the canal bank include a children’s fun fair and live entertainment. The Venetian Fete is one of south east England is most popular outdoor shows and attracts visitors from far and wide.

Martello Towers

MartelloMartello Towers were small defensive forts first built in the South East of England during the Napoleonic War between 1805 and 1808. They were built throughout the British Empire, in 5 different continents, during the first half of the 19th Century. 103 in total were built around Britain, after the South East, a large number can be found in Essex, Suffolk and in Ireland. Martello towers.

Sound Mirrors

Sound-mirrorOn the roughs above Hythe in Kent, on Ministry of Defence land, stands a 30 foot high concrete ear. Borne on a frame of umbrella-shaped iron rods, the disc is angled towards the sky, ready to catch any sounds that come its way. The sound mirror looks out over the flat expanse of Romney Marsh, and miles out to sea (France is just 23 miles away)

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 History of Hythe

 

CenturiesHythe Is a small coastal market town on the edge of Romney Marsh in the District of Shepway (derived from Sheep Way) on the south coast of KentThe word Hythe or Hithe is an Old Engish word meaning Haven or Landing Place.

The town has Medieval and Georgian buildings, as well as a Saxon/Norman church on the hill and a Victorian seafront promnade. Hythe was once defended by two castles, Saltwood and Lympe. The Town Hall, a former Guildhall, was built in 1794, its fireplace designed by the Adam Brothers.

Hythe’s market once took place in Market Square (now Red Lion Square) close to where there is now a Farmers’ Market every second and fourth Saturday of the month. Hythe has gardening, horse riding, bowling, tennis, cricket, football, squash and sailing clubs. Lord Deedes is patron of Hythe Civic Society,Red-Lion

As an important Cinque Port Hythe once possessed a bustling harbour which, over the past three hundred years, has now disappeared due to silting. Hythe was once the central Cinque Port, between Hastings and New Romney to the west and Dover and Sandwich to the east.

According to Hasted, a French fleet approached Hythe in 1293 and landed 200 men, but “the townsmen came upon them and slew every one of them: upon which the rest of the fleet hoisted sail and made no further attempt”.

In 1348 the black death afflicted Hythe, 1400 the plague further reduced the population.

 The 11th-century parish church of St Leonard’s

 Church-web-500px1Few would disagree with the suggestion that this is one of the most impressive parish churches in Kent. Standing as it does upon a steep slope, dominating the town, overlooking the old houses jostling together and the little criss-cross lanes, apart from its archi-tectural interest, its very situation is remarkable. It is dedicated to St. Leonard, the patron Saint of Prisoners.

 The church itself is of outstanding interest, with its famous graceful 13th century Chancel, rearing up loftily like the choirs of Canterbury and Rochester Cathedrals, its unusual ambulatory, and the ossuary or charnal-house.

 The original early Norman church, built about 1090, consisted of an aisle-less nave and a small square-ended Chancel such as that at West Hythe. Traces of this early Norman work may be seen in the two round-headed windows at the western end of the north arcade.

 At a later Norman period about 1175, consider-able enlargements were made when the aisles were added by piercing the north and south walls, and inserting an arcade of Norman arches. The plan of the church now became cruciform by the addition of north and south transepts, and a new chancel was built round the earlier one.

 The third stage in development was achieved in the 13th century, when the Early English style of architecture was reaching perfection. A west tower was added, the Norman choir demolished, and replaced by the existing magnificent choir and sanctuary.

 The chancel floor was raised to its unusual height and reached by a flight of nine wide stone steps. This was in order to build a vaulted passage, or Ambulatory, underneath the sanctuary for the customary church processions. This vaulted passageway was used for centuries as an ossuary or bone-house. Here was found, neatly stacked, an immense collection of mediaeval skulls and bones, which had been disinterred from time to time when fresh graves were dug.

 n 1910, the heap was carefully re-stacked after a thorough scientific examination had been made. The thigh bones numbered about 8,000, and the skulls 590Shelf-of-Skulls. From bits of pottery, broken sandals and wooden trenchers found at the bottom of the pile, it was ascertained from the British Museum that the bones were of 14th and 15th century.

 Lionel Lukin, credited with inventing the self-righting lifeboat, is buried at St Leonards

 Hythe Castles

saltwoodHythe was once defended by two castles, Saltwood and Lympe. Saltwood derives its name from the village in its shadow. During the reign of king Canute the manor of Saltwood was granted to the priory of Christ Church in Canterbury, but during the 12th century it became home of Henry d’Essex, constable of England.

Thomas Becket had sought from King Henry II restoration of the castle as an ecclesiastical palace. Henry instead granted the castle to Ranulf.

That the castle had been returned to Becket, as archbishop of Canterbury, and remained a church property until the reign of HenryVIII, when Hythe and Saltwood were to be sequestrated to the Crown, suggests that some complicity by the baron Rranulf de Broc waspossible in the murder of Becket. It was during this time at Saltwood, on 28 December 1170, that four knights plotted Becket’s death the following day. Hugh de Moreville  was one of the knights, along with Reginald Fizurse, William de Tracey, and Richard le Breton.

From the moment Hythe came under Crown control, the senior official of the town was also a bailiff appointed by the Crown. This state of affairs (uniquely for a Cinque Port) remained until 1575 when Elizabeth I gave the town control of its affairs.

The last Crown bailiff became the first mayor. His name was John Bredgman. A brass inscription bearing his name remains in the parish church, dated 1581.

Royal Military Canal

Canal200x200The Royal Military Canal is a canal running for 28 miles (45 km) between Seabrook near Folkestone and Cliff End near Hastings, following the old cliff line bordering Romney Marsh, which was constructed as a defense against the possible invasion of England during the Napoleonic Wars.

Geologically the town developed on a succession of non parallel terraces, rising from the level ground around the Royal Canal (previously named the royal military canal) towards the steep incline upon which the parish church of St Leonard was built. From the High Street, alleys lead up to the steeper levels of the town.

The canal was conceived by Lieutenant-Colonel John Brown of the Royal Staff Corps of field engineers in 1804, during anti-invasion preparations, as defensible barrier to ensure that a French force could not use the Romney Marsh as a bridgehead. It had previously been assumed that the marsh could be inundated in the event of an invasion, but Brown argued that this would take ten days to implement and would cause massive disruption in the event of a false alarm. At a meeting on 26 September 1804, the Prime Minister, Willian Pitt the Younger, and the Commander-in-Chief of the Forces, the Duke of York, both enthusiastically endorsed the scheme. John Rennie was appointed consultant engineer, and Pitt personally persuaded the local landowners to agree to the new canal.

Construction was started at Seabrook, near Hythe in Kent on 30 October 1804. By May 1805 only six miles of the canal had been completed; William Pitt intervened and the contractors and Rennie were dismissed. The work was navvies resumed by the Quartermaster-General’s department with Lt-Col. Brown in command. Civilian  dug the canal itself, while soldiers built the ramparts; up to 1,500 men were employed in the project.It was constructed in two sections: the longer section starts at Hythe and ends at Iden Lock in East Sussex; the second, smaller section, runs from the foot of Winchsea Hill to Cliff End. Both sections are linked by the RiverRother and RiverBrede. Artillery batteries were generally located every 500 yards (460 m), where the canal was staggered to create a salient, allowing the guns to enfilade the next stretch of water. A military road was built on the inland side of the canal, and crossings consisted of moveable wooden bridges. Any troops stationed or moving along the military road would have been protected by the earthen bank of the parapet, which was piled up with excavated soil. The canal was completed in April 1809 at a total cost of £234,000; it was hoped that tolls for use of the waterway and road would help to defray the cost. In addition to these works, a number of Martello Towers were built to protect the vulnerable sluices that controlled the water level in the canal, being Towers Number 22 to 27 and 30, three of them are still standing.

During the early stages of World War II, when a German invasion was looking likely, the canal was fortified with concrete pillboxes.

Martello Towers

Martello74 Martello Towers were built along the coast of Kent and East Sussex, between 1805 and 1808 to guard against invasion by Napoleon along with other defensive measures such as Forts, Redoubts and the Royal Military Canal (which runs through Hythe).

The inspiration for the south coast implementation of these distinctive round towers came from a British attack in 1794 on Mortella Point in Corsica. The Mortella Point tower resisted attack from the Royal Navy ships HMS Fortitude and HMS Juno, resulting in 60 casualties on the British ships and the ships had to abandon the attack. It was left to the army to eventually take the tower after 2 days of heavy fighting. The tower had achieved this long resistance with only 38 men, one 6-pounder gun and two 18-pounder guns.

The name Martello Tower took a while to settle on by the English military planners, probably originating from ‘Torri de Martello’, the name given to watchtowers in parts of Western Italy, but also perhaps from one Naval officer who described Mortella Point as ‘Myrtello Point’ as the headland that the tower stood on was covered with wild myrtle. Other descriptions used were ‘sea-towers’, ‘bomb-proof towers’, or ‘Corsican towers’ and in 1803 finally as ‘Martello towers’.

The towers never actually saw active service of course, Napoleon’s planned invasion came to nothing particularly after the Battle of Trafalgar defeat for the French Fleet which forced Napoleon to look elsewhere for conquest.

Today only around 26 of the original towers are still standing, many were built upon shingle beaches and the sea has inevitably claimed them, others were demolished to make way for modern developments, for example the Promenade at Hythe/Sandgate. Several have been restored and converted into residences,

 The Canal today 

RobertInHytheThe canal is now an important environmental site. The Environment Agency is the navigation authority and uses the waterway to manage water levels on Romney Marsh and Walland Marsh. It is important for fish and other wildlife, including kingfishers, dragonflies and marsh frogs, and it passes through several Sites of Special Scientific Interest. There is now a public footpath for the entire length of the canal via Hythe, West Hythe, Bonnington, Bilsington, Ruckinge, Hamstreet, Warehorne, Kenardington, Appledore, Rye and Winchelsea.

Mackeson

Malt-HouseHythe is also the birthplace of Mackesson.  and in in 1907. At that time it was claimed to be a tonic for invalids because it contained milk sugar or lactose. The sugar does not ferment, so the beer is low in alcohol. Mackeson’s was called milk stout until the British Government banned the term in 1946. However, Whitbread continues the connection through a milk churn on the label. It is still the leading brand in a declining sweet stout market and was once exported to 60 countries, and was brewed under licence in BelgiumJamaicaNew Zealand and Singapore

 

CrossThe Cinque port Court of Shepway

A monumental cross now indicates what was from 1358 a meeting place of the confederation of the Cinque ports, several miles west of Hythe, known then as “the Shepway crossroads”. Shepway cross, erected in 1923, the monument to the Court of Shepway, is beside the Hythe to Lympne road (B2067). The lathe of Shepway was the Saxon name for south east Kent, roughly corresponding with the modern District of Shepway, comprising Folkestone, Hythe, Romney Marsh and nearby villages as far north as Elham.

Many think this monument marks where the Lord Warden of the Cinque Ports held his court for Shepway, and it is referred to as the “Shepway Cross”. In fact the Shepway Cross is a civic war memorial erected in 1923. It was placed on the top of Lympne Hill because that was traditionally the site of the Court of Shepway.

Shepway Cross was paid for and unveiled in August 1923 by Earl Beauchamp, the Lord Warden of the Cinque Ports. The Archbishop of Canterbury, Randall Davidson, attended the ceremony. The memorial now shows signs of decay. The lettering denoting the monument’s true purpose is hardly legible.

 Notable People

  • Birthplace of Haymo de Hythe, Bishop of Rochester, elected in 1317 and resigned in 1352, confessor to Edward II and founder of St Bartholomew’s Hospital (formally St Andrew’s Hospital) on Bartholomew Street in Hythe. Son of Gilber and Alice Noble, Haymo was born in 1270 and died 1358.
  • The novelist Elizabeth Bowen spent her childhood in Hythe and retired to a house on Church Steps (overlooking the parish church) where she died.
  • The novelist H.G. Wells built Spade House at nearby Sandgate.
  • Saltwood Castle was the ancestral home of Lord Deedes and later home to Lord Kenneth Clark, the art historian, and his son Alan Clark, Conservative MP, military historian and renowned diarist.
  • Francis Pettit Smith inventor of the marine screw propeller was born and raised in Hythe; a plaque is on the wall above Paydens Chemist in the High Street.
  • Charles Wakefield, 1st Viscount Wakefield,  philanthropist and founder of the Castrol Oil Company.
  • Michael Howard was Member of Parliament for Folkestone & Hythe; he lives at nearby Lympne.
  • Noel Redding, bassist with the Jimi Hendrix Experience, gave his first public performance at Hythe Youth Club.
  • Tim Murton, fine artist, former scenic artist; emigrated to Canada in the 1970s but returns every year to paint.
  • Alison Chapman Television Antiques expert on David Dickinson’s Real Deal and The Secret Dealer  has a shop here.
  • Monte Saldo, bodybuilder and strongman lived in the town.
  • Ross and Paul Godfrey, founder of the band  Morcfheeba both grew up here.
  • The novelist Daphne du Maurier lived with her family at Hythe

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Where to stay in Hythe

Hythe is an idyllic, small coastal town situated between the Romney Marsh and Folkestone with approximately 16,000 inhabitants. Historically it dates back to, and is mentioned in the Domesday Book, and possibly before that time.

Being situated around Hythe Bay and with hills behind, it would appear to have its own micro-climate, i.e. when Ashford gets a lot of snow, Hythe only seems to get a sprinkling. Being in the Bay it is somewhat sheltered from the prevailing south-westerly winds and Channel tides.

 

Where to stay in Hythe. Hythe boasts many Hotels, B&Bs plus Holiday Lets and are designed to suite all budgets.

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Where to eat in Hythe

Where to eat in Hythe. Hythe has a kaleidoscope of eating places ranging from silver service to take-a-way. Cuisine-wise we believe we have every taste covered which includes good, old-fashioned British fare, Chinese restaurants and take-a-ways, Indian restaurants and take-a-ways , Nepalese, Mexican, Italian, French, Pizza, Doner Kebab, and Fish & Chip restaurants and bars. In all we believe we can cater for most palates.

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Hythe Public houses

Hythe boasts ten Public Houses serving all types of beers, ales, lager, wines and spirits. All of them serve food, some just bar snacks, whilst others serve full meals to a very high standard. Quite a few have outside gardens or patios and almost all are child friendly. Hythe now has its own micro brewery for all those dedicated beer drinkers who prefer specialised brews! Also in the High Street we have a cocktail bar and grill.

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This page is a new area for us, .and currently we are looking for ideas to promote local arts and crafts to a larger audience.

So if you have any ideas, please contact me at [email protected]

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Hythe Twinning Association

  The Association was founded in 1978 by a group of forward thinking people who realised that our future was linked to Europe.
 To this end they looked at several towns in France, Belgium and Germany before they chose Poperinge & Berck.
The connection with Poperinge is via Toc H and Lord Wakefield. The Rev Tubby Clayton started Toc H at Talbot House in Poperinge which was used by him to set up a rest centre for officers coming out from the Front.
When the house came on the market in about 1929, Lord Wakefield, a personal friend of Tubby, bought it and presented it to Toc H. It has been the ‘Mecca’ of that association ever since. A local representative has served on this association’s committee since it’s inception.
Berck-sur-Mer was chosen because of it’s similarity to Hythe. A seasonal sea-side resort with about the same population facing us across the Channel.
In addition, Portex had set up a factory there to comply with French regulations for supplying their Health Service and this provided a starting point.
 
The aim of the Association is to foster friendship with the peoples of our twin towns and to encourage – activities, hospitality, exchanges etc.

BerrckSituated just to the north of the estuary of the river Authie, Berck has a huge expanse of sandy beach and impressive grassy-topped dunes facing north onto the English Channel. The town comprises two parts  to the east, the old fishing town of Berck-Ville and to the west the seaside area, Berck-sur-Mer. Berck is the most southerly town in the Pas-de-Calais to have a name with Germanic roots, variously spelt over the centuries. Its origin has been conjectured to come either from berg (a hill or possibly dune); bekkr, the Norse name for a stream (‘beck’ in northern England); or beorc (a birch tree), designating a wooded area

poperingePoperinge is situated about 8 miles to the west of Ieper/Ypres. The region is famous for growing hops and furnishes 80% of Belgian production. The town is home to the national hop museum and is called the hop capital – hoppe stad in Dutch, a play on hoofd stad, the word for capital. A triennial hop festival and parade is held in the month of September. The local brew is known as Hommel (which means hops in the West Flanders dialect). The carillon in the tower of the town’s oldest church, Sint-Bertinuskerk, was noted as one of the most beautiful in Flanders in mediaeval times. It was destroyed during warfare in 1677 and restored in 1781 Population of around 11,300

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Hythe is nestled on the coast between Folkestone and the Romney Marshes. It sits nicely within its own sheltered bay and is relatively easy to get to by car, train or boat.

From the boat point of view, on leaving Dover we are the second town along the M20 and an ideal place for that potty stop and to absorb the old world charm of the English seaside.