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 Tours of The Mermaid Inn, on Sunday 27th July, are nearly fully booked.

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 on Thursday 25th July

An evening of live music, drinks and diningSwing, bossa nova and easy-listening tunes from bassist David Silk, multi-instrumentalist Phil Brown, sultry vocalist JacciNorris and guest vocalist Tazina Frankwho will be promoting her CD “Pieces of Dreams”.

Doors open at 7pm for supper, the show starts at 7.30pm.Tickets cost just £25 including supper, £10 for non-diners, and are available direct from the Mermaid Inn.

Advance booking recommended.The Mermaid Inn, Mermaid Street, Rye. Tel: 01797 2230

Tickets are £25 for a 2 Course Supper or £10 for Non-Diners.Contact reception on 01797 223065 or email [email protected] to your reserve tickets.

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.