Rye Food Bank Appeal £18,000.00…and counting!!

A massive ‘Thank you’ for the donations you have all made to Rye Food Bank so far.

Our charitable trust, The Jempson Foundation has been accepting monetary donations on behalf of the Rye Food Bank.

To date £18,000.00 has been raised for the appeal.

Stephen Jempson said “We are still living in unprecedented times, but we must not forget those within our community that rely on food banks” he continued “The need now is higher than we can ever remember. We have personally heard of some most distressing cases, so I do thank you for your continued generosity. We, at The Jempson Foundation have pledged to play our part, in making donations, providing goods at cost prices and challenging our supplier base to assist where they can” he concluded “Chris and her team at the Rye Food Bank are doing incredible work distributing goods to the needy and I can convey their grateful thanks to you all”.

Donations are gratefully received via the Jempson Foundation website –

Donation to The Sara Lee Trust

The Jempson Foundation recently made a donation to The Sara Lee Trust.

Katie Jones said, “We would like to thank the Jempson Foundation for their support. The donation will help us to provide online and telephone counselling, group support and selected safe complementary therapies to people in the Rye area who are affected by cancer or another life threatening illness – and their families, carer’s and other loved ones. Thank you, this donation will make a real difference.”

Preparing for Christmas

Alfred, who’s been at Jempson’s for over 40 years, prepares all of our collars of Gammon and Christmas Hams to order.
Please speak to Alfred on the Deli who will be more than happy to help, call (01797) 230214 (opt 3) or maybe add to your Home Delivery order?

Jempson’s Local Kitchen Christmas Menu

Jempson’s Local Kitchen re-opens Wednesday 2th December showcasing our fabulous Festive Menu.

For breakfast why not try Eggs Royal or Eggs Benedict and for lunch The Main Event or our delicious Jempsmas Burger? Of course, not forgetting Christmas Pud with all the trimmings or a selection of handmade, deep filled mince pies with lashings of brandy butter.

Happy Christmas everyone!

Christmas Trees…. Yes Please!

Exceptional freshly cut Christmas trees from just down the road at Peasmarsh store now!
Lots to choose from including the Norway Spruce and the magnificent Blue Spruce either potted or cut.

Mince Pies Galore!

We’ve been baking mince pies for 85 years!!
Sumptuous Cherry or Apricot Brandy, Viennese and Shallow or Deep Filled. Every Christmas, we hand bake over 40,000, which means we’re pretty good at it! Made every Christmas in our own bakery.

£75,397.50 SavaClub Mailout

Our Christmas ‘SavaClub’ loyalty card mail-out has been posted out with a whopping £75,397.50 worth of vouchers to redeem inside!!
If you haven’t got a card don’t worry, details of how to apply are here alternatively you can pick up an application form in any of our stores.

James Martin – ‘Meet the Expert’ – Update

The safety of Jempson’s customers and colleagues is paramount, therefore for everyone’s health, wellbeing, confidence, and safety we have decided to again re-schedule our ‘Meet the Expert’ cookery demonstration with James Martin.

Our planned events on Friday 4th December 2020 will now be held on Friday 25th June 2021.

The show times will remain at 4pm, 6pm and 8pm (with a book signing afterwards).

Please keep hold of your ticket, it will be valid, but note that it is not transferable to a different event time.

We look forward to seeing you all in June.

Stephen Jempson

Our gratitude is extended to our partners and sponsors of this event:

Coca-Cola Zero Sugar – Zero Sugar, great Coke taste

McDougalls Flour – Baking with Love Since 1864

Lurpak Butter – Good Food Deserves Lurpak

Hardy’s Wines – Established 1853

Peroni – The True Taste of Italy

Book your Christmas Home Delivery Now!

You can now book your pre-Christmas, Home Delivery slot for week commencing 21st December.

Simply email your preferred date in to / 01797 226044 (opt 4) or / 01424 774097 (opt 3) with your name, address (inc. postcode) and telephone number.

We’re delivering the goods!

Exceptional Local Turkeys

Locally bred, FREE RANGE White and PREMIUM Bronze turkeys available to order now!

Please phone our Turkey Hotline on 01797 230214 (opt 4) or speak to one of our friendly butchers at Peasmarsh store.

Turkeys may be collected from any Jempson’s store.

Jempson’s Local Kitchen – Government Lockdown

Prime Minister, Boris Johnson has announced a new month-long national lockdown in England, which will mean the closure of all non-essential businesses, including restaurants, starting on Thursday 5 November. Please see our social media pages for further information.

Government Lockdown November 5th 2020

Government Lockdown November 5th 2020

Further to the H.M. Govt announcement on Saturday 31st October, we would like to reassure all customers and supporters of the following:

Stock Availability

We have good availability at present – there is NO need to panic buy.

Our local suppliers for produce, meat and dairy products are expecting higher demand and are prepared.

Our bakers and confectioners will continue to work around the clock to maintain demand.

Opening Hours

We may have to slightly reduce our opening hours to allow for replenishment in the evenings.

This will be updated shortly.

Home Deliveries

We have a dedicated team contactable on 01797 226 044 option 4 ‘Home deliveries’. Please leave all details there.

We will endeavour to deliver the following day.

We have scaled up our Home Delivery Team in readiness for the expected higher demand.

Thank you for all your help, understanding and support to date.

Finally, an APPEAL

We are acutely aware that some are suffering badly as a result of the pandemic. Please do let us know if you or anyone you know has been affected.

There is no need to suffer unnecessarily, we have created a hardship fund for those in the local community and expect it to be used.

All correspondence will be totally private and no PR or advertising will result from any contributions given or forwarded to those in need.

Please email all details to

With our best wishes to all,

Stephen & all the teams at Jempson’s Stores & The Rye Bakery