Green thinking at Hayden’s

About Hayden's Guest House in Rye

Welcome to Hayden’s. Here you will find all the little details that make Hayden’s a different prospect to any other venue in Rye. We explain why we are here and go into greater detail about what we mean by eco-friendliness.

Hayden’s is run by Richard and Kate Hayden with a lot of help from Kate’s parents, John and Sheila Luck. After ten years of muddling through the commuter torment of London life, we decided to abandon the capital in favour of a new venture. Determined to set up an eco-friendly business, we opened Hayden’s on Christmas Eve of 2005.

The main feature of our green policy covers food. We believe firmly in the benefits of organic farming. In Rye, we are extremely fortunate to be surrounded by several high-quality organic farms and we frequently buy direct from most of them. Naturally, this means we are able to supply fresh, organic and local food all at the same time.

If a product is not available organically nearby, we still try to buy in the area in order to promote freshness and reduce food miles. Inevitably, even this is not always possible, particularly when it comes to tea and coffee.

Fear not, we have a policy for this, too. In these cases, we strive to buy Fairtrade; sometimes we can get organic Fairtrade, which puts a big smile on our faces. Luckily, our supplier for almost all the dry goods we need is a company based in Brighton so it helps the local economy, too.

We use energy efficient lights wherever possible and our toilets have half-flush settings. The planting on our terrace is grown to organic principles. All cleaning materials used by the business are Ecover plant extract products.

We recycle cardboard, plastic and glass and compost all kitchen waste that is appropriate. Our take-away cartons are corn-starch or pressed wood. We encourage honeybees on our terrace and guests receive an eco information sheet in their rooms.