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The Ship Inn, Rye, East Sussex

The Ship Inn

3.8
3.8
395 Reviews
£25 and under
Gastro Pub

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Booked 22 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Gastro Pub

  • Hours of Operation

    Wed–Sun 12:00–21:00

  • Phone number

    01797 229256

  • Payment Options

    MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Area

    Rye

  • Parking Details

    There is a pay and display car park adjacent to the property.

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Popular dishes

Menu

While You Wait

  • Whole Nocellara Olives£5.00

    • Mussel Popcorn£6.00

      citrus mayonnaise

      • Balfour Leslie's Reserve Brut NV

        • 125ml£7.50
      • Jake's Lager

        • Pint£5.00
      • Puffed Pork£3.00

        smoked paprika seasoning

        • Rosemary and Kent Honey Focaccia£4.00

          rapeseed oil, balsamic vinegar

          • Balfour Brut Rosé 2017

            • 125ml£9.50
          • Jake's IPA

            • Pint£5.00

          Oysters & Platters

          platters are available at individual or sharing sizes

          • Classic Oysters£10.00

            shallot, sherry vinegar & lemon

            • Hot Seafood Platter£20.00

              two Rye Bay scallops, mini moules marinière, mussel popcorn, salt & pepper cuttlefish, whitebait, battered cod cheeks

              • Crispy Oysters£10.00

                citrus mayonnaise

                • Cold Seafood Platter£20.00

                  two oysters, potted shrimp, crayfish tails, dressed crab, pickled cockles & whelks, roll mops

                  Small Plates

                  • Juniper Beef Carpaccio£9.00

                    pickled shallots, pear, Parmasan mayonnaise

                    • Razor Clams£9.00

                      chilli, fennel & thyme

                      • Burrata£8.00

                        marinated heritage tomatoes, pickled walnuts

                        • Bloody Mary Cured Salmon£8.00

                          crème fraîche, sorrel, celeriac remoulade

                          • Whipped Feta£7.00

                            charred radish, brown butter leeks

                            • Devon Crab Salad£8.00

                              cucumber gazpacho, pickled radish

                              • Smoked Ham Hock Terrine£8.00

                                capers, piccalilli, house bread

                                Large Plates

                                • Onglet Steak£25.00

                                  devilled butter, potato fondant, cherry tomatoes on the vine, baby gem & blue cheese salad

                                  • Seasonal Squash Gnocchi£15.00

                                    squash purée, kale, pumpkin seeds

                                    • Pan-Fried Duck£24.00

                                      potato dauphinoise, charred baby gem, red wine jus

                                      • Spiced Cauliflower Steak£14.00

                                        toasted sesame dressing, chilli chutney, onion bhaji

                                        • The Captain's Burger£15.00

                                          brioche bun, Sussex Charmer, rosemary chips, spring slaw; Vegetarian burger also available

                                          • Jake's IPA Battered Fish & Chips£15.00

                                            burnt lemon, caper & dill mayonnaise, pea ketchup

                                            • Lemon Sole£20.00

                                              sauce vierge, seaweed buttered pink firs, herb oil

                                              • Moules Frites£8.00

                                                Jake's Kentish cider, smoked bacon, confit onions, samphire

                                                Sides & Sauces

                                                sides £5 each | sauces £5 each

                                                • Rosemary Salted Chips

                                                  • Potato Dauphinoise

                                                    • Purple Sprouting Broccoli with XO Sauce

                                                      • Chimichurri

                                                        • Sweet Potato Fries

                                                          • Creamed Kale with Bacon

                                                            • Baby Gem & Blue Cheese Salad

                                                              • Green Peppercorn

                                                                Last updated: 8 April 2022

                                                                What 395 people are saying

                                                                Overall ratings and reviews

                                                                Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

                                                                3.8
                                                                3.8 based on recent ratings
                                                                • 3.8Food
                                                                • 3.8Service
                                                                • 3.9Ambience
                                                                • 3.7Value

                                                                NoiseModerate

                                                                Loved For

                                                                • East Sussex

                                                                  Healthy

                                                                • East Sussex

                                                                  Lunch

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                                                                1. KK

                                                                  KeithK

                                                                  Bath

                                                                  2 reviews

                                                                  4.0

                                                                  2 reviews

                                                                  Dined 1 day ago

                                                                  overall4food4service4ambience3

                                                                  Great meal, nice staff, good service. Menu could have more choice but quality was very good

                                                                2. A

                                                                  Anon

                                                                  Yorkshire

                                                                  3 reviews

                                                                  2.0

                                                                  3 reviews

                                                                  Dined 4 days ago

                                                                  overall2food2service3ambience1

                                                                  Very poor food and full of teenagers drinking at the bar where we were seated. Service very slow but friendly

                                                                3. SG

                                                                  SteveG

                                                                  1 review

                                                                  5.0

                                                                  1 review

                                                                  Dined 6 days ago

                                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                  Outstanding on all levels friendly helpful staff and yummy food . Delicious

                                                                4. CH

                                                                  CarolH

                                                                  Buckinghamshire

                                                                  3 reviews

                                                                  4.0

                                                                  3 reviews

                                                                  Dined on 13 May 2022

                                                                  overall4food4service4ambience4

                                                                  Interesting food ,well cooked and presented. Laid back relaxed buzzing atmosphere with friendly and attentive staff.

                                                                5. MK

                                                                  MickK

                                                                  London

                                                                  25 reviews

                                                                  4.0

                                                                  25 reviews

                                                                  Dined on 10 May 2022

                                                                  overall4food4service5ambience3

                                                                  Good service, staff very friendly and helpful. Menu bit limited but well presented and good portion. Dog tolerant which we are not keen on. Music on the edge of being too loud. Nice buzz in restaurant area.

                                                                6. PD

                                                                  PennyD

                                                                  London

                                                                  1 review

                                                                  1.0

                                                                  1 review

                                                                  Dined on 8 May 2022

                                                                  overall1food1service1ambience1

                                                                  Arrived at Ship inn. 15 mins before our time slot. Was shown to table, waitress informed us that they had no Sunday lunches. We were very disappointed. The main menus didn’t have anything we wanted. Whilst we were leaving another couple came out as they had booked and were also disappointed with the pub.

                                                                7. DS

                                                                  DeniseS

                                                                  1 review

                                                                  2.0

                                                                  1 review

                                                                  Dined on 6 May 2022

                                                                  overall2food3service2ambience3

                                                                  Service was not the best. Wasn't asked if the food was ok whilst we were eating. My husband's fish had a lot of bones in. My steak was nice.

                                                                8. j

                                                                  jonnyb

                                                                  London

                                                                  15 reviews

                                                                  3.0

                                                                  15 reviews

                                                                  Dined on 1 May 2022

                                                                  overall3food4service1ambience4

                                                                  Aargh - it’s so frustrating when it’s the service that lets everything down. The welcome was warm, the service attentive at first, and the first courses were tasty. We finished them and all agreed we wanted a dessert. So we waited for our plates to be cleared. And we waited. And we waited. Someone came and served other tables and we tried to make eye contact. It was almost like our gaze was being avoided. So, after a good 20 minutes or so we all decided the moment had passed, and we got an ice cream on the way home instead. This is exactly what happened the last time we visited when lockdown lifted last year. Things were just getting back to normal and things were a bit chaotic, so we made allowances. To have the same experience a year later is just annoying. Please just check to see if main courses have been finished!

                                                                9. IW

                                                                  IngeW

                                                                  1 review

                                                                  3.0

                                                                  1 review

                                                                  Dined on 1 May 2022

                                                                  overall3food3service2ambience5

                                                                  The ambiance was great. Food was ok, not great. Took very long to get the food though. Unfortunately not as good as we expected.

                                                                10. AL

                                                                  AndyL

                                                                  Jersey

                                                                  3 reviews

                                                                  4.0

                                                                  3 reviews

                                                                  Dined on 30 April 2022

                                                                  overall4food4service4ambience4

                                                                  Broccoli in Xo sauce. I’m a convert. Duck and Onglet steak were both good.

                                                                11. GS

                                                                  GourmetSteve1

                                                                  London

                                                                  15 reviews

                                                                  5.0

                                                                  15 reviews

                                                                  Dined on 29 April 2022

                                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                  Very nice pub , lovely staff and very good food and value

                                                                12. MB

                                                                  MarianB

                                                                  East Sussex

                                                                  1 review

                                                                  4.0

                                                                  1 review

                                                                  Dined on 29 April 2022

                                                                  overall4food5service4ambience4

                                                                  Food was excellent When Bill arrived drinks that had been paid for were included in the bill. Also drinks that were for another table were included in our bill. This was corrected. Bearing in mind most people just tap their card without looking. So always check your bill

                                                                13. D

                                                                  Disgusted

                                                                  1 review

                                                                  1.0

                                                                  1 review

                                                                  Dined on 29 April 2022

                                                                  overall1food2service1ambience3

                                                                  1. when I booked were not told it was a 2 hour slot 2. After 1 hour & 15 minutes were told they needed our table for another booking and then told we could only have the table for 2 hours when we pointed out we had only been there for I hour & 15 minutes the manageress was extremely rude, so we left. 3. We were with a wedding party who were celebrating before the wedding the next day, no one else was asked to leave and stayed until closing time. I think because our table was the first booked a group had walked in off the street for a table on the chance the manageress thought she would pick on us because we were 4 pensioners and an easy target. We would not go there again and when we told the others why we had left they too thought this was disgusting way to treat paying customers especially elderly people.

                                                                14. N

                                                                  Nico

                                                                  London

                                                                  4 reviews

                                                                  vip
                                                                  5.0

                                                                  4 reviews

                                                                  Dined on 27 April 2022

                                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                  Fantastic food and service! Can’t wait to go again!!

                                                                15. AM

                                                                  AngelaM

                                                                  London

                                                                  8 reviews

                                                                  5.0

                                                                  8 reviews

                                                                  Dined on 19 April 2022

                                                                  overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                                  We were on a break in Rye. This Inn was recommended. As a vegetarian I was impressed with the food.

                                                                16. DT

                                                                  DamianT

                                                                  London

                                                                  12 reviews

                                                                  vip
                                                                  4.0

                                                                  12 reviews

                                                                  Dined on 16 April 2022

                                                                  overall4food4service4ambience4

                                                                  A great lunch at the outdoor tables in the sun. Great food, great staff.

                                                                17. LH

                                                                  LHfishfan

                                                                  1 review

                                                                  4.0

                                                                  1 review

                                                                  Dined on 13 April 2022

                                                                  overall4food4service4ambience4

                                                                  The Ship was a lovely find, great decor, atmosphere and a warm welcome. Really enjoyed our meal, a little bit heavy on the fat fryer, and the local wine was excellent. Wonderful evening in this beautiful town, will definitely return!

                                                                18. N

                                                                  None

                                                                  London

                                                                  1 review

                                                                  1.0

                                                                  1 review

                                                                  Dined on 12 April 2022

                                                                  overall1food1service1ambience2

                                                                  Far below standard. Food poor. Service pleasant but unprofessional. Avoid.

                                                                19. OT

                                                                  OpenTable Diner

                                                                  Washington DC

                                                                  2 reviews

                                                                  4.0

                                                                  2 reviews

                                                                  Dined on 12 April 2022

                                                                  overall4food4service3ambience3

                                                                  Good quality food although service a little slow . We are there for the best part of 2 hours for lunch and we had 2 courses . Quite challenging with very small children

                                                                20. MB

                                                                  MummaBear

                                                                  1 review

                                                                  2.0

                                                                  1 review

                                                                  Dined on 11 April 2022

                                                                  overall2food4service1ambience2

                                                                  Food was incredibly slow for all customers, lots of complaints. Service otherwise was average Food was decent, I’d have liked a pudding but ran out of time

                                                                21. TW

                                                                  TinaW

                                                                  Oxford

                                                                  1 review

                                                                  5.0

                                                                  1 review

                                                                  Dined on 8 April 2022

                                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                  Had a lovely evening We stayed over as well as had a wonderful meal at The Ship Inn The food was delicious and I was catered for with my intolerances Very good value for money and great friendly service Will definitely return ❤️

                                                                22. RD

                                                                  RayD

                                                                  East Sussex

                                                                  1 review

                                                                  3.0

                                                                  1 review

                                                                  Dined on 2 April 2022

                                                                  overall3food2service3ambience2

                                                                  Very smoky. Noisy. Lots of dogs allowed in. Food was below average. Fish was full of bones. Chips were not chips but wedges. Didn’t stop for a dessert. Not my kind of eatery.

                                                                23. MG

                                                                  MartinG

                                                                  East Sussex

                                                                  1 review

                                                                  4.0

                                                                  1 review

                                                                  Dined on 31 March 2022

                                                                  overall4food5service4ambience5

                                                                  Although they didn't have our first choice of food, what we did have was very tasty, and the local lager was good too.

                                                                24. LK

                                                                  LouiseK

                                                                  London

                                                                  5 reviews

                                                                  4.0

                                                                  5 reviews

                                                                  Dined on 27 March 2022

                                                                  overall4food3service5ambience5

                                                                  Service was amazing but we were a little disappointed with the food. We went for Mother’s Day and all had the Sunday roast. Our food was lukewarm and the meat wasn’t great. Our table was booked for 5.30 (kitchen closed at 6) so I wonder if it was due to us getting the last meals. However, service was amazing so we will give it another go!

                                                                25. P

                                                                  Paul

                                                                  London

                                                                  1 review

                                                                  3.0

                                                                  1 review

                                                                  Dined on 27 March 2022

                                                                  overall3food2service2ambience3

                                                                  Ordered a bacon roll for my daughter, the bun was burnt. We highlighted to the waitress but was still charged on the bill.

                                                                26. FW

                                                                  FanniWaa

                                                                  Las Vegas

                                                                  3 reviews

                                                                  5.0

                                                                  3 reviews

                                                                  Dined on 26 March 2022

                                                                  overall5food5service4ambience4

                                                                  Great place to dine. Lovely setting and ambience, the food was delicious (you must try the whipped feta) and the staff were all very helpful. Delightful evening in every way.

                                                                27. CG

                                                                  CG86

                                                                  London

                                                                  1 review

                                                                  3.0

                                                                  1 review

                                                                  Dined on 26 March 2022

                                                                  overall3food3service2ambience5

                                                                  The food wasn’t as tasty as it has been previously and our table wasn’t waited on as efficiently as I would expect. We had to go to the bar to ask for sauce etc. however, staff were very friendly and welcoming. I would still come again.

                                                                28. W

                                                                  Wils

                                                                  London

                                                                  1 review

                                                                  1.0

                                                                  1 review

                                                                  Dined on 20 March 2022

                                                                  overall1food1service2ambience2

                                                                  The food was cold served on cold plates and you only get an ice bucket with wine if it's a hush heath wine. We were told this is because they only want the best experience for their own wines

                                                                29. c

                                                                  chris

                                                                  London

                                                                  104 reviews

                                                                  3.0

                                                                  104 reviews

                                                                  Dined on 20 March 2022

                                                                  overall3food2service2ambience2

                                                                  Some problems with the good as the ovens were not working. Burger was a bit dry. Not the first time I have been but this day was disappointing.

                                                                30. A

                                                                  Andrea1

                                                                  Birmingham

                                                                  14 reviews

                                                                  3.0

                                                                  14 reviews

                                                                  Dined on 15 March 2022

                                                                  overall3food4service3ambience3

                                                                  Generally an enjoyable evening and meal but some issues with wines selected and different one supplied ( much more expensive )

                                                                31. OT

                                                                  OpenTable Diner

                                                                  London

                                                                  3 reviews

                                                                  4.0

                                                                  3 reviews

                                                                  Dined on 13 March 2022

                                                                  overall4food5service5ambience4

                                                                  Delicious Sunday roast with all the trimmings!

                                                                32. LN

                                                                  LauraN

                                                                  Brighton

                                                                  1 review

                                                                  5.0

                                                                  1 review

                                                                  Dined on 13 March 2022

                                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                  Excellent roast dinner in lovely atmosphere with great service.

                                                                33. TM

                                                                  TracyM

                                                                  East Sussex

                                                                  1 review

                                                                  2.0

                                                                  1 review

                                                                  Dined on 7 March 2022

                                                                  overall2food1service2ambience2

                                                                  Place on the cool side which doesn't allow a relaxing comfortable visit, food served on cold plates which made food tepid.Slow service and no offer of a reduction when I pointed out how lukewarm my food was , I had to eat very quickly and it was cold by the time I had finished. An offer to reduce my bill or offer a free dessert or coffee would have been appreciated - will not return

                                                                34. SF

                                                                  SaraF

                                                                  London

                                                                  2 reviews

                                                                  5.0

                                                                  2 reviews

                                                                  Dined on 6 March 2022

                                                                  overall5food5service4ambience4

                                                                  Lovely venue. We’ve been a few times and the food was as amazing as ever. One or two items not available … but at the tail end of a very busy Sunday that’s understandable. It’s really nice here and we’ll be back.

                                                                35. ZT

                                                                  ZogTheGood

                                                                  Surrey

                                                                  5 reviews

                                                                  4.0

                                                                  5 reviews

                                                                  Dined on 5 March 2022

                                                                  overall4food3service3ambience4

                                                                  A Good evening , let down by 2 things firstly the staff were a little chaotic as in not knowing which tables were which led to them running about trying to work things out and second thing was the coleslaw, it was soft and mushy and flavourless more akin to baby food than crisp fresh punchy coleslaw.

                                                                36. DB

                                                                  DebbieB

                                                                  Kent

                                                                  1 review

                                                                  1.0

                                                                  1 review

                                                                  Dined on 5 March 2022

                                                                  overall1food2service1ambience2

                                                                  Service was poor. Waited a long while for drinks and then having to ask to order food as almost like we’d been forgotten. Menu offered was not the correct one for a Saturday evening, given Sundays one, so not a lot of choice and missed out on several preferred options that we did not know about. When raising this with the waitress, was just offered and apology and not even any type of drink or discount etc. Also the fire makes the air very smoky and seems that the chimney needs cleaning. On leaving our clothes smelt like we had been near a bonfire. Overall very disappointing.

                                                                37. r

                                                                  rogerk

                                                                  London

                                                                  1 review

                                                                  3.0

                                                                  1 review

                                                                  Dined on 4 March 2022

                                                                  overall3food3service4ambience4

                                                                  Nice ambiance and good service , Food was very good but extremely small portions ,starter of scallops for ten pounds consisted of just 3 small scallops , Main course of cod loin was delicious but very small indeed . Because of this would probably not return

                                                                38. OT

                                                                  OpenTable Diner

                                                                  Brighton

                                                                  7 reviews

                                                                  2.0

                                                                  7 reviews

                                                                  Dined on 27 February 2022

                                                                  overall2food4service1ambience2

                                                                  The roast was really tasty however we order our dessert and waited half hour asked the waiter if they had forgotten and was told they would find out then and only after asking I was told there was only two in the kitchen so it will be ready soon or I could just leave it. I desired to just leave. Also it was not very clean with crumbs in the table, hand marks round the water bottle and old bits of food up the wall. Real shame because the cooking was let down by the cleaning staff and waiting staff. If someone had come over to apologize for the delay with desert would have been polite.

                                                                39. CS

                                                                  CliveS

                                                                  Kent

                                                                  2 reviews

                                                                  4.0

                                                                  2 reviews

                                                                  Dined on 27 February 2022

                                                                  overall4food4service4ambience4

                                                                  Pleasant atmosphere on a Sunday afternoon, staff were attentive and helpful. There were a couple of issues with two of the meals but the staff dealt with them in a positive way and ensured everyone had an enjoyable time.

                                                                40. G

                                                                  Gunner

                                                                  London

                                                                  4 reviews

                                                                  1.0

                                                                  4 reviews

                                                                  Dined on 26 February 2022

                                                                  overall1food1service2ambience1

                                                                  Very disappointing. Arrived to be told that due to staff shortages there was a restricted menu. Was prepared to accept that but then the crab which my wife could have eaten was also not available despite still being on the menu. She was offered cheese beignets which when they arrived were completely indigestible. Overcooked so much as to be black, saturated in oil and stone cold. Why don't restaurants just close for the night when they don not have a chef capable of cooking food?

                                                                Safety precautions

                                                                • Cleaning & sanitising

                                                                  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
                                                                  • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
                                                                  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
                                                                  • Contactless payment available
                                                                • Screening

                                                                  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

                                                                FAQs

                                                                The Ship Inn is rated 3.8 stars by 395 OpenTable diners.

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                                                                Booked 22 times today
                                                                Google Map for The Ship Inn

                                                                The Strand Rye, East Sussex TN31 7DB

                                                                Additional information

                                                                • Area

                                                                  Rye

                                                                • Hours of Operation

                                                                  Wed–Sun 12:00–21:00

                                                                • Cuisines

                                                                  Gastro Pub

                                                                • Dining style

                                                                  Casual Dining

                                                                • Dress Code

                                                                  Casual Dress

                                                                • Parking Details

                                                                  There is a pay and display car park adjacent to the property.

                                                                • Payment Options

                                                                  MasterCard, Visa

                                                                • Additional

                                                                  Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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