The Mermaid Celebrates 600 years of welcoming Travelers in 2020.

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.

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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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Rye Bay Scallop Week: Feb 22nd – 1st March 2020

Each of these dishes are available for

Luncheon or Dinner in Our Main Bar and Restaurant

as a Starter £8.50 or Main Course £17.00

Coquilles St Jacques

Baked Scallops, Burnt Lemon Crust

Gusbourne Sparkling Wine

Pan Fried Rye Bay Scallop

Broccoli, Orange and Candied Cashew

Scallop Tatar

Avocado, Sesame, Chilli Soy, Cucumber & Coriander

We suggest a Glass of Gusbourne English Sparkling Wine with your Scallops. Discover

The next Tours of The Mermaid Inn, are on Sunday 23rd February, booking is recommended. Tours are at 4pm and 5pm.

Comment from the September Tours:

” Dear Judith
I just wanted to thank you for taking the trouble to take my visitors and me round the Mermaid. They have now returned to USA, and were still saying the trip to Rye and the Mermaid was the highlight of their six week tour round England and Scotland. For me, it was the perfect day despite the weather.”

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 

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

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Rye Bay Scallop WeekJazz Supper at The Mermaid – Thursday 27th February

An evening with David Silk and Jazz Ensemble, featuring Earl Okin. Enjoy good food, music and company.

An evening of swing, Bossa Nova, easy-listening tunes and a delicious two course meal!

Trumpet-impersonating virtuoso, guitarist, pianist and reluctant sex symbol Earl Okin is probably the best performer of Bossa Nova outside of Brazil. Earl Okin has given concerts around the world in theatres, clubs and festivals, and regularly performs at Ronnie Scott’s and cabaret and concert venues such as The Pizza Express and the Royal Albert Hall

Doors open 7pm

Music commences 730pm.

Advance booking recommended.

Tickets £25 including a two course meal. £10 Non – Diners.


Coquilles St Jacques

Baked Scallops, Burnt Lemon Crust

Gusbourne Sparkling Wine


South Coast Cod in Beer Batter

Hand Cut Chips, Minted Mushy Peas & Tartare Sauce


Supplement (£6)

Raspberry and Ginger Baileys Cheesecake

Ice Creams & Sorbets

A Selection of Local Cheeses 

Home-made Chutney & Biscuits

Filter Coffee, Tea or Infusions with Petit Fours

Contact reception: [email protected] or 01797 223065

Press and Reviews

The Restaurant at The Mermaid:

Recent Reviews:

“Superb food in an historic setting. Loved my cauliflower with marmite ice cream. It worked. Good choice of gins in the bar and the wine list good and the young staff were attentive and amusing. “

“Steeped in history. A very atmospheric setting, whether it’s a romantic occasion or just dinner out. Food was inventive, tasty and served with timely courtesy. The Bar was full of people at 6pm on a monday eve. That should tell you it is a good place to go! “

“We enjoyed a fabulous dinner at the hotel including scallops for starters and local Romney lamb for main course and delicious Bordeaux wine. Some other reviewers have commented that they find the portions small Certainly they are not ‘pub portions’ but that’s not the point here – dishes are well-prepared and presented and taste exquisite and a 3 course meal is perfectly filling. And the service was excellent with mainly locally trained waiters/waitresses. “