Bar and Food

Our Clubhouse has a well-stocked bar selling a wide range of beers, lagers, wines, spirits and soft drinks. We sell locally brewed Adnams throughout the year with a guest beer from them in the summer months! 

Our galley offers a variety of food, ranging from paninis to our chef's specials.  Our menu is prepared fresh to order and we always use local suppliers where possible.  We are happy to cater for all dietary requirements: vegetarian, gluten and dairy free. 

We aim to change our menu on a regular basis and we also have a selection of specials (at weekends) and desserts on our "blackboard"

Hiring the Clubhouse

Our Clubhouse offers unique surroundings for your business meeting, conference, corporate event, private party or wedding with great facilities and stunning panoramic views overlooking the River Orwell.  In good weather, our large lawn that runs down to the riverbank is a fantastic place for a gathering.  We offer a wide range of dining options, from canapés and drinks to formal dinners. 

We offer a Winter and Summer Menu of either two or three courses with filter coffee available if required. Please contact the Office for copies of our latest menu:
Diners can experience our locally sourced food along with an impeccable level of service, and all of our food is prepared in house by our catering team.  We also have a fully stocked bar with a substantial wine list and our wine supplier can source other wines to suit your tastes and budget.
The whole Clubhouse is available for hire (subject to availability), or any of the three rooms can be separately hired according to your needs.  The following is a list of recommended maximum numbers of guests for each of the rooms:

  • Main Club Room: up to 70 guests.
  • Ashbury Room: up to 40 guests.
  • Orwell Room (on the first floor): up to 16 guests.
To enquire about booking the Clubhouse, please contact the Office on 01473 780319 or email:

Club Library

The Club Library is in the Orwell Room on the first floor. It has an extensive collection of sailing related books, mostly non-fiction, planning charts (paper and digital) and other publications. There are also several members’ cruising logs which have been entered for the Cruising Log Trophy over the years. 

Most of the library stock may be borrowed by members and makes a great source of escapist and inspiring reading for your summer cruise or winter fireside. Instructions for borrowing are in the Library Loans Book.

The Library catalogue can be found online.  This is an Excel spreadsheet that can be used to search for authors, titles and class mark.

The Club’s archives prior to 1970 are housed at the Suffolk Records Office, Gatacre Road, Ipswich. The catalogue for this part of our archives is available from Suffolk Heritage Direct by clicking on the following link to their website:

Once you enter the Suffolk County Council records office site you can search under GC805 for the RHYC material. Basic help information can be found under the ‘site help’ button at the top right of the screen.

Members of the Library Committee are always willing to do their best to answer questions on the archives. Contact them via the Office.