Spicing up the Kitchen

This spicy little number is a treat for those of us who like some fabulous flavours in our food.

A shop selling mainly herbs and spices, along with other delicious foody delights, all waiting to excite your culinary senses.

Hot Shop

With a massive array of chillies and chilli powders, the Rye Spice Company is the hottest place in town. Situated on the outskirts of the medieval town of Rye in East Sussex, models of a sleeping Mexican man and giant guitar-playing chilli beckon you in.

Started by owner Robert Hollands and his two sons in 1995, the business began by importing pepper, and today supplies herbs and spices to wholesalers, caterers, hotels, schools, prisons and restaurants. Two years ago the shop was added, along with an online delivery service, to deliver one of the largest selections of herbs and spices in the South direct to customers.

Try before you Buy

Inside, the Rye Spice Company shelves are stuffed with rows of jars, bottles, packets and baskets of delectable foods. Sauces, crackers, chutneys, pasta, chocolate, beer and even frozen chilli Vodka shots, accompany the extensive array of seasonings.

Whatever your taste, mild, medium or scorching, they've got them all. Or, as Robert put it, "We've got chillies here from 'not hot' to 'make your ears bleed' hot."

There's also an area made over for the Spice Kitchen where on the last weekend of every month free tasting events are held and Robert cooks up delicious dishes for customers to sample. Chilli, paella, French and fish are some of the culinary themes he's cooked up, along with the latest seasonal weekend, 'Christmas Curry Special', where visitors learnt how to liven up those turkey leftovers.

Inner Chef

With the friendly and personal service often experienced with small family-run businesses, this is a shop where you can chat, ask for advice and recommendations, watch some cooking being done, and try the tasty products before you buy.

The perfect place to tempt out our inner chef and encourage us all to get a little more experimental with the spices in the kitchen.

As the Rye Spice Company motto says, 'With a little spice, anyone can cook.'

Find Rye Spice Company at The Spice Warehouse, Harbour Road, Rye, East Sussex TN31 7TE. Tel 01797 225015. Look them up on the web where you can order online, and on Facebook and Twitter. Their free tasting events resume in 2017 with a big Curry weekend planned for the end of March.

Date: 02 December 2016
Author: The 360 Company