The Mermaid Inn: Rebuilt 1420

The Mermaid welcomes travellers:

The Mermaid welcomes travellers, to enjoy the unique experience of staying in a 600 Year Old Inn, dining in a 2 AA Rosette Restaurant and relaxing in the Giants Fireplace Bar, The Tudor Bar, or spending time on the walled patio.

The Cellars date from 1156 and the building was rebuilt in 1420 after The Mermaid and the Town of Rye were burnt to the ground by French Raiders on June 22nd 1377.

Experience a drink in the Giant’s Fireplace Bar and imagine how the Hawkhurst Gang, local smugglers in the 1730s and 1740s, caroused in the bar. Can you see the secret passageway entrance?

Dine in the Linen Fold Panelled Restaurant. Enjoy the ambience of the large restaurant, the cosiness of the Dr Syn dining room or the privacy of the Boardroom for your evening meal, lunch and breakfast.


The health and well-being of guests and staff still remains our priority. As such our staff will be wearing masks inside the building. We encourage guests to wear masks when moving around inside the building. Please go to our Covid 19 Protocol for The Mermaid’s adaptations to the guidance.

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From Sunday 30th August, Owner Judith Blincow will again be offering Guided Tours through the 600 year old Building, providing a walk through time. These will be held on the last Sunday of each month, commencing at 4pm and 5pm.

Tours can be pre booked. Contact Reception through [email protected] or 01797223065. All we ask is for a donation to the Mermaid’s Charity, The National Deaf Children’s Society.

The Medieval Citadel of Rye.

To discover the Rye story visit the newly re-opened Rye Heritage Centre. Home to the Rye Town Model, and the starting point for guided Rye History Walks.

Camber Sands

Rye Harbour Nature Reserve

Romney Marsh

The High Weald

The Old Town of Hastings

The Vineyards of Gusbourne  and Chapel Down

To give travellers full confidence to plan, The Mermaid is offering full refunds in the event of cancellations due to any more restrictions.

Reception is available to help you book.  Contact us on 01797 223065 or via [email protected]

The outside area will be open everyday of the week forDining and Drinks . We are able to offer sheltered tables, heating and lighting.

The Bar is open from 11am.

The Bar Menu is available, from Noon until 2.30pm and 6pm until 9pm.

(Bar Food Service is not available on Mon / Tue / Wed / Thu  Evenings, 6pm-9pm, for Non Residents)

We offer a Roast Lunch on Sundays

Reception is open ….please be patient as we are very busy…..we will respond to all enquiries. [email protected]om or 01797223065


Our Function Room for those special Days and Events.

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The Mermaid Inn
Mermaid Street
East Sussex
TN31 7EY

Telephone: +44 1797 223 065

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Car Parks in Rye:

Our car parking capacity is reduced, we now offer 15 spaces. If all the spaces are taken we recommend guests drop off luggage in reception, then park the car in Rye. We recommend The Market Car Park (Closed Wednesday Night for Thursday Market) which is 5 minutes walk or Strand Quay Car Park which is 2 minutes walk.

Click the links below for the details of all Car Parks in Rye, and Electric Charging Points in the Area. .

Car Parks in Rye.

Electric Charging Points

Restaurant at The Mermaid Inn

Dine in the 2 AA Rosette,Linen Fold Paneled Restaurant, where you can enjoy the ambiance of the large restaurant, the coziness of The Dr Syn Dining Room or the privacy of the Boardroom for your evening meal, lunch and breakfast.

For special occasions we offer a personalized service to help you plan your food and wine to ensure we create never to forget memories. We provide a range of settings for Private Dining and a range of menus.

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Recent Reviews


Good Hotel, Great Food, Superb Staff

We can only underline the many positive comments of recent reviews. We enjoyed first class customer service, beautifully prepared and presented food and very comfortable public areas. An early evening drink in front of the open fire in the bar is the perfect way to start the evening. Our standard room (30) was quite small. Room décor was traditional with creaky wooden furniture and an okay bed. However, getting to it up crooked narrow stairs and a maze of corridors was great fun. The highlight of our stay was the breakfast and dinner service. The quality of food is outstanding and the well-trained attentive staff superb. There are only four mains on offer at dinner but perfect for our two-night stay. Breakfast was the best we have enjoyed for many years with every option we desired. The Mermaid Hotel is highly recommended albeit Rye is a bit dull at this time of year especially with Covid restrictions taking charge.

Beautiful hotel, delicious breakfast, well managed

Gorgeous, charming, quirky hotel. Comfortable bed (room 25) with a decent sized room. There is parking and It is well placed in the town. The managers and staff cannot do enough to help and assist. We ordered an ice bucket and glasses for our room which (amazingly) arrived within 5 minutes. A huge thank you to Sam Cowling who looked after us exceptionally well during breakfast. His smile, warmth, service and professionalism went above and beyond with walking and sightseeing tips; also to the night Manager and Michael who speedily dealt with a couple of issues we had. We would definitely return and recommend to all our friends.

Wonderful historic building with great service and atmosphere

My husband and I stayed here in one of the superior four poster rooms. The bed was 360 years old but extremely comfortable! Water for the bath was piping hot and we pre-ordered our breakfast to be delivered to the room the next morning. We ate from the bar menu sitting near the enormous fireplace. The whole building is wonderfully wonky and a little bit spooky although we weren’t troubled by any ghosts. Every part of the service here was absolutely perfect and the bar food was great. Would thoroughly recommend (not our first time staying here)



“Beautiful old inn in a very picturesque street. The staff couldn’t have been more charming and our waitress was extremely welcoming. Covid-19 safety precautions were well addressed and we felt safe there with my elderly mother. Tables were well spaced and staff wore masks or visors. The lunch menu was limited to a selection of homemade burgers and fish. The smoked chicken burger was one of the best I’ve ever had and the raspberry pannacotta desert was divine! We have already recommended this destination to friends and will return when back in Rye.”

“We absolutely loved staying here. If you want to feel surrounded by history there is no better place. Floor boards creaked a bit, so what, the place is 600 years old what do you expect. Love It. Will return. Food and choice brilliant.”

“Really recommend this restaurant, and cosy bar with amazing fire…. food excellent, staff professional and friendly, really lovely atmosphere, Definitely book in advance as very popular Covid aware but not in your face”