The Mermaid Inn: Rebuilt 1420


Mermaid Street is currently closed due to ongoing electrical works. Access is via the High Street, and turn left opposite The Olde Bell Inn.

This Summer escape to The Mermaid Inn and Rye. Discover the experience of staying in a 600 year old Inn, with a 2 AA Rosette Restaurant, The Giants Fireplace Bar, and Cellars dated to 1156.

Then discover the unique town of Rye, with its’ cobbled streets, independent shops, cafes and restaurants, all within the medieval citadel. The Rye Heritage Centre, with its’ Sound and Light Show is the place to begin the discovery of Rye……..


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 Giants Fireplace Bar

Restaurant at The Mermaid Inn:

Mermaid at Night


On the last Sunday of each month, Owner Judith Blincow will be offering Guided Tours through the 600 year old Building, providing a walk through time. These will be commencing at 4pm and 5pm. The next set of Tours are on Sunday 28th July 2024.

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


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



Great Find and Steeped in History

Lovely old smuggling Inn. Stayed overnight in the top room, wouldn’t recommend this room if you have mobility issues, but we were fine! Welcoming and helpful staff, lovely atmosphere and nice breakfast. Situated right in the middle of Rye so great for exploring. Great find and steeped in history


From Start to finish our meal at the Mermaid was a delight. We visited to celebrate my 60th Birthday. It defineltely made my birthday all the more special being treated well. The food was delicious and every mouthful was a pleasure to eat. We highly recommend eating here. The surroundings make it special. The staff couldn’t have done more to make our visit better. Spacing between the tables is really good.