Cellars dating from 1156 and the building rebuilt in 1420.

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.

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The Mermaid Inn
Mermaid Street
East Sussex
TN31 7EY

Telephone: +44 1797 223 065

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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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The next Tours of The Mermaid Inn, are on Sunday 29th September, booking is recommended.

We are now taking bookings for the last Sunday of each month, Tours at 4pm and 5pm. We only ask for a donation to our charity NDCS.org.uk 

To reserve a place please contact reception on 01797 223065 or [email protected]

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Jazz Supper at The Mermaid – Wednesday 25th September

An evening of outstanding live music and improvisation with The JazzNights Ensemble, featuring Paul Brown. A career in music has seen singer / guitarist Paul Brown perform in a wide variety of settings, to critical acclaim. He plays a vast repertoire of popular songs, ranging from the 50s and 60s classics to current chart sounds and classical tunes. The Jazz Ensemble features sultry jazz singer Jacci Norris and hosted by impresario / bassist David Silk.

Advance booking recommended.

Tickets £25 including a two course meal. £10 Non – Diners.
Contact reception: [email protected] or 01797 223065

Romeo and Juliet Dining Experience SOLD OUT

“A pair of star-cross’d lovers take their life” – the greatest love story ever told performed in the 600-year-old Mermaid Inn, believed to have once been visited by Shakespeare’s company! A dining experience like no other, ‘Dining with Romeo & Juliet’ is the latest pocket production from Bowler Crab. Feast your eyes on Bowler Crab’s abridged version of the romantic tragedy whilst you dine with a four course meal in the Tudor Room, the actors interacting with the audience, performing each act between each course.

In 2017 Bowler Crab became the official resident theatre company of The Mermaid Inn following the sell-out performances. A full version of Romeo & Juliet was first performed by Bowler Crab back in 2014 and now by popular demand, we bring you the debut of our shortened ‘pocket production’! Previous dining experience versions of Macbeth, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Twelfth Night have all sold out at The Mermaid Inn so book now!

Tickets are £45, which include a 4 Course Meal – Contact reception on 01797 223065 or [email protected]

Menu: To be pre-selected

Romeo & Juliet Dining Experience
Thursday 19th September 2019


Act 1

Cold Smoked Salmon
Crispy Capers & Dill Crème Fraiche

Chicken & Leek Terrine
Spiced Tomato Chutney, Melba Toast

Act 2

Maple Braised Beef Cheek
Leek Mashed Potato, Red Wine Jus

Wild Mushroom Fricassee
Crispy Potato Rosti, Poached Duck Egg

Act 3
Elderflower & Lemon Posset
Seasonal Berries & Shortbread Biscuit

Act 4



Press and Reviews

Mermaid Inn – what an experience!

We stayed at the Mermaid Inn for two nights (8th – 9th July 2019). We were made to feel very welcome from the moment we arrived. The staff were at all times friendly, helpful and professional. Our room was kept very clean. The hotel itself is ancient and it was an absolute privilege to stay in such a historic and beautiful old building.

You will not get lifts, wet-rooms or air conditioning in this hotel because of the historic importance of the building. In the UK we have planning restrictions which thankfully help preserve our historic buildings and prevent the heart and soul being ripped out of them. The hotel does have staff who can help carry your bags up the stairs if required and WiFi is available. Two electric fans were provided in the room and these were helpful. If you are arriving by car you will need to drive carefully up the two-way (!!) Mermaid Street (which is heavily cobbled and on a fairly steep hill) and turn left through the archway of the pub in order to access the car park. The car park can get quite full and you may find you are boxed in by the odd ‘late arrival” – but don’t panic if you are since the hotel manage this very well.

We ordered our evening dinners from the bar menu. The food was beautifully cooked and reasonably priced. There is a more formal restaurant if you prefer ‘fine dining’ but that is not our thing so it was good to have a less formal option.

Finally, I can confirm that we certainly ‘got more than we bargained for’ as far as the ‘paranormal’ was concerned. On our first night we were treated to a light show of what I think are called ‘light emitting orbs’ swirling around the room for about a minute or so. These tiny balls of light were coloured green and gold . This was accompanied by the spoons rattling in the tea cups (of their own accord!). On the second night we had a whole cluster of white orbs bursting light rays across the room (as bright as an arc-light) This lasted about a minute. These were all visible by naked eye. I am 58 years old and have NEVER seen anything like it in all my life. The room was most active between about 03:15 to 04:30 in the morning. Scary and fascinating.