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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Christmas and New Year at The Mermaid

The Mermaid is now fully booked for Christmas. We do hold a waiting list in case of cancellations.

Celebrate the New Year at The Mermaid Inn, with Fine Dining, and dance into the New Year.

Arrive at The Mermaid Inn after 2pm and enjoy a relaxed afternoon in historical surroundings.

The evening commences with a 5 course Dinner in our beautiful Two Rosette, Linen Panelled Restaurant.

Then to the Tudor Room where a table will be reserved for the Dance, with a bottle of champagne for each couple at Midnight to welcome in the New Year. 

The tariff for Dinner and Dance is £140.00 per person.

Available with overnight accommodation at a tariff of  £240.00 per person (No 10% Service Charge).

Why not extend your stay and add a night either before or after  New Year’s Eve for a special price of £120.00 bed and breakfast or £199.00 dinner, bed and breakfast per room per night.

Contact reception on 01797 223065 or email: [email protected]

The next Tours of The Mermaid Inn, are on Sunday 24th November, booking is recommended.

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 NDCS.org.uk 

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

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Multi-Instrumentalist – Phil Brown

Jazz Supper at The Mermaid – Thursday 28th November.

An evening with David Silk and Continental Drift, featuring multi-instrumentalist, Phil Brown. Enjoy good food, music and company.

Doors open 7pm

Music commences 730pm.

Advance booking recommended.

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

Press and Reviews

The Restaurant at The Mermaid:

Our new Seasonal Menu is now available, taste the flavours of Autumn………

Reviews on Open Table in September:

“Just amazing place to have delicious food, celebrated my birthday ! interiors amazing like from a medieval book , 9 of us had loads of fun :)”

“What a charming and fabulous restaurant. The roast beef melted in your mouth – obviously buy expensive products of quality.”

“A stunning dining room which truly feels like you are stepping back in time. We highly recommend”

“Outstanding food served in a beautiful historic setting with excellent ambient atmosphere thanks to no pop music noisy guests nor intrusive staff.

Totally exceeded my expectations which were high anyway beforehand

Looking forward to a return very soon.”

“Wonderful food. service and venue. Not cheap but worth every penny. I will be back.”

“Amazing little place, great atmosphere & ambience. Service was great from the outset & our waiter Patrick just enhanced it a little further with the added humour. He was also very helpful with his recommendation for the dessert which was delicious. All the food was lovely but I did find the chicken dish a bit on the heavy side due to the sauce & sweetcorn. Would have preferred it to be slightly more delicately flavoured personally. My husband enjoyed his lamb & both our starters were lovely. The pea & coconut soup that was sent out as complimentary was delicious as were the freshly baked rolls. Overall experience was really enjoyable & we would return if we were in the area again.”

7/10/11- The Mermaid Inn, Rye