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The Union, Rye, East Sussex

The Union

4.6
4.6
763 Reviews
£26 to £40
Contemporary British

The Union is a modern British restaurant, with a cocktail bar upstairs, set in a beautiful 15th century building in the heart of Rye. Our menu is made up of small and large plates which we recommend sharing across the table. Our team will be on hand to guide you through your visit.

Our food is guided by the seasons and our menu changes depending on what produce we have available to us. We primarily use British produce and work with local suppliers to ensure we always source the very best ingredients we can get our hands on.

We’ve carefully selected a fantastic crop of our favourite wines from across the world, as well as aperitifs and cocktails, and local beers, which we feel work wonderfully with our food offer and casual dining service.

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Booked 6 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary British, Tapas / Small Plates, Cocktail Bar

  • Hours of Operation

    Wed–Sun 12:00–22:00 Lunch Thu, Fri 12:00–15:00 Sat, Sun 12:00–17:00 Dinner Wed–Fri 17:30–21:00 Sat, Sun 17:00–21:00

  • Phone number

    01797 229289

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Smart Casual

  • Area

    Rye

  • Cross Street

    High Street, Rye

  • Parking Details

    Street parking is available on our road (East Street), as well as anywhere along the High Street (within easy walking distance to us). A 2hr stay costs 80p and parking tickets are available from a machine or via the RingGo app. Parking fares apply Mon-Sun 9am-6pm.

  • Public Transit

    We are situated 5 minutes walk from Rye train station and bus stops servicing the local area.

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Dog Friendly, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Vegan, Wine

What 763 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

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  • East Sussex

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  • East Sussex

    Best Service

  • East Sussex

    Best Ambience

  • East Sussex

    Best Value

  • East Sussex

    Fit for Foodies

  • East Sussex

    Healthy

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Wonderful meal

  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Brighton

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    The last time we visited was pre-covid and then it was a steak and burger style diner. Now the menu is tapas based and was super and the staff very pleasant. Recommended if you are in Rye.

  3. AF

    AustinF

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Would definitely return, although a little on the expensive side.

  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    A lovely spot. Fab food.

  5. KL

    KateL

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 June 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Really great find. Venue is super cute, not too busy/loud, staff lovely and attentive, menu all locally sourced and food delicious. We had a really fab evening

  6. LP

    LucyP

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Delicious food, great service, lovely atmosphere. Highly recommend to anyone visiting Rye

  7. JL

    JamesL

    London

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 4 June 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    This is a sharing menu (apart from two meaty ones) explained and delivered by knowledgeable and thoughtful staff. Beef tartare was excellent as were enormous Colchester rock oysters. All others colourful and interesting (butter bean hummus, spicy kohlrabi - perhaps a bit too spicy but excellent with munched with the ricotta which might have been a bit bland on its own) Lovely ancient room in Rye. Not sure if I liked the background music but all in all a very jolly evening with cocktails and Sancerre.

  8. GA

    GillianA

    Kent

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 4 June 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    Outstanding service. Food comes in plates and they suggest 2/3 plates per person. This is popular at the moment and some people may not like this way of eating. However, all the dishes we chose were delicious and even the bread was homemade. Dessert was yummy too.

  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 3 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent food and service. Beautiful restaurant in a lovely location.

  10. U

    Ul78

    Liverpool

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 2 June 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4

    Nice restaurant - the food was good, cocktails excellent and the service very attentive. Overall a good spot for dinner in Rye.

  11. DG

    DebbieG

    Brighton

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on 2 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    A great first visit. We received a warm welcome & enjoyed our selection of small plates. We’ll be back again soon!

  12. r

    russellb

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 1 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent quality produce and inventive cooking...the ham croquettes a triumph!! Only let down were the suspiciously Waitrose anchovies..a great improvement on the previous steakhouse....thoroughly recommend it 🕺

  13. LW

    LouW

    London

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on 29 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Fantastic tapas style sharing restaurant and great wine and ambience!

  14. G

    Gingi

    London

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 25 May 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    Had a lovely dinner making the most of the inventive menu. The small plates allowed us to try a number of dishes all of which very tasty. Good service by friendly staff. Both the people and the dog were made to feel very welcome.

  15. PL

    PaulL

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 May 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4

    Excellent food delivered freshly cooked and very tasty. good service from friendly attentive staff. Pet friendly and nicely furnished/decorated. Overall a very pleasant experience. Try it, you will not be disappointed if you like to taste new things cooked to a high standard.

  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Friendly staff. Delicious food. A little expensive but worth it imo

  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great sharing menu with good choice of dishes for vegetarians & meat eaters alike. The whole seabass with samphire & purslane was cooked to perfection. Friendly & efficient service added to the occasion.

  18. I

    Insync100

    London

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 19 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Lovely Tapas style sharing meal.

  19. LP

    LysterP

    West Sussex

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    There was nothing to fault our evening at the Union. The service was friendly and attentive, the ambiance relaxed and the food amazing - would definitely come here again and also try their other business The Plough.

  20. DO

    DanielO

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 May 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4

    Imaginatively prepared and nicely presented food with great service. Excellent value.

  21. NG

    NicolaG

    Birmingham

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 15 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Lovely relaxed restaurant with excellent food. Loved the concept of sharing plates and trying lots of different flavours. Very interesting ideas and lots of fresh local ingredients. Friendly and efficient service - will definitely be back!

  22. MS

    MarkSLQ

    London

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 14 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Stunning food and great service. Would really recommend

  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Surrey

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 14 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Utterly fabulous mean last night. The staff are super attentive and as food….. amazing, compliments to the chef. Was a real highlight of our mini break. Thank you

  24. SH

    SamH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    A truly exceptional restaurant. Everything about our experience was wonderful, from the beautifully decorated space, the cosy ambience, the relaxed yet very attentive staff, and the delicious food. The menu is unusual and intriguing, based around smaller sharing plates (a concept we love), and we were not disappointed by a single dish. We couldn't have asked for more!

  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Loved it, took my husband here for his birthday with our dogs. We had an amazing relaxing time x

  26. IF

    IanF

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 1 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Good food. Imaginative menu with food options outside the run of the mill.Very good ambience. Outstanding value in comparison to London!

  27. RP

    RichardP

    Brighton

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 27 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    A really fantastic dinner. Delicious and varied food and great service.

  28. JH

    JohnH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent food and charming staff. A must if visiting Rye.

  29. JH

    JennieH

    East Sussex

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    fantastic selection of food, the staff were really helpful. I would recommend the steak!

  30. I

    Izabela

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 17 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Wonderful experience. Cosy place, friendly staff and amazingly tasty food. High recommend!

  31. CA

    ChristopherA

    Hampshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Interesting menu, good service and very welcome calm on a Bank Holiday weekend in Rye.

  32. g

    georginab

    Kent

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 14 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    fab food, fab service - we would definitely eat there again.

  33. JB

    JenniferB

    East Sussex

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Lovely experience, would highly recommend. Brilliant local produce cooked to perfection

  34. L

    Lesley

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    A really pleasant late afternoon supper was enjoyed in this lovely restaurant after a day out in Rye. It was a splendid meal and we will certainly be returning. Thank you.

  35. NB

    NeilB

    Berkshire

    35 reviews

    5.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on 2 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Quite exceptional. A stylish restaurant with an eclectic menu. Attentive service, will certainly return.

  36. TP

    T60P

    East Sussex

    10 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on 24 March 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    Interesting sharing menu, including several vegetarian options. Dishes well presented, fresh and very tasty. Truly excellent service.

  37. JB

    JoyB

    Kent

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 March 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Delicious food and excellent service, thoroughly enjoyed it!

  38. SW

    StephenW

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 20 March 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Lovely location and super food. Well recommended

  39. LS

    LeonS

    East Sussex

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 March 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Our first visit to the Union for my wife and I, it was brilliant, personable and friendly staff, lovely food, good selection of wine in a cosy relaxed space. Thank you all for a lovely evening. Sue & Leon

  40. FL

    FrankL

    East Sussex

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 17 March 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4

    Very good food and good service. It would be nice to have hot plates for the main course as with a sharing menu it all gets cold very quickly when you move the food to your plate. Perhaps another vegetable, the Beetroot was excellent, but the Spinach was either undercooked or getting a bit old!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Protective equipment

    • Waiting staff wear masks
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

The Union is rated 4.6 stars by 763 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a booking

2 people

June 2022
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Booked 6 times today
Google Map for The Union

8 East Street Rye, East Sussex TN31 7JY

Additional information

  • Cross Street

    High Street, Rye

  • Area

    Rye

  • Hours of Operation

    Wed–Sun 12:00–22:00 Lunch Thu, Fri 12:00–15:00 Sat, Sun 12:00–17:00 Dinner Wed–Fri 17:30–21:00 Sat, Sun 17:00–21:00

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary British, Tapas / Small Plates, Cocktail Bar

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress Code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking Details

    Street parking is available on our road (East Street), as well as anywhere along the High Street (within easy walking distance to us). A 2hr stay costs 80p and parking tickets are available from a machine or via the RingGo app. Parking fares apply Mon-Sun 9am-6pm.

  • Public Transit

    We are situated 5 minutes walk from Rye train station and bus stops servicing the local area.

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Dog Friendly, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Vegan, Wine

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