Ypres Castle Inn

4.4
122 reviews
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  • Lunch
A 17th century inn on the steps of Rye's citadel, just down from the castle tower. The pub offers an open log fire and lots of cosy tables. Our chef combines brilliantly executed pub classics with more inventive dishes.
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AP
East Sussex
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

The food was ok not outstanding, did not like the three leg brewery beer on offer, house wine was good though. The staff was friendly and efficient

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AH
East Sussex
1 review
Dined on 12 May 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Given Sunday lunch menu in evening, so choices were limited ( no roasts) , but food was ok- basic pub grub.

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JH
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 5 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Had a bank holiday lunch here. It has obviously been a hectic lunchtime and as late lunchers (2.15 sitting) there were no roast lunches left. They did, however come up with good alternatives.l which were very tasty. The pub had a good buzz about it and a good time was had by all. Lovely location close to the castle.

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OT
London
16 reviews
Dined on 27 April 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Very friendly traditional style pub. Service was excellent. Great value and good choice of local drinks

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JR
Manchester
3 reviews
Dined on 27 April 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Lovely evening at the Ypres Castle. Warm welcome (including for our dog). Excellent ambience. Good service and nice food. Really enjoyable evening.

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m
London
2 reviews
Dined on 25 April 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The service, food and value were very good. We felt very welcome.
The seats weren’t very comfortable though

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PE
East Sussex
2 reviews
Dined on 22 April 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Nice pub with good views, a big garden and a good selection of beers. The food was very good but the menu a bit short. They did used to serve local sausages and home made pies which are not on the current menu.

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LJ
London
1 review
Dined on 20 April 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Nice friendly pub, super busy over the Easter weekend but still managed to offer a good experience. A lovely spot in Rye.

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AR
London
6 reviews
Dined on 17 April 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

A great find! Quirky little pub just near the actual castle with good value food. Also has a pleasant garden overlooking the river.

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l
London
4 reviews
Dined on 16 April 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

This is a very prettily situated pub restaurant which dates from the 17th century. The food was well prepared pub food with large portions. The service was excellent - really friendly, warm and attentive. Our dog was fussed and given treats. We had a lovely evening there. The bill for 5, having two courses and drinks was just over £100 which we thought very good value.

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l
East Sussex
2 reviews
Dined on 14 April 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

Nice food but the same menu as before. Need to update it more often for the locals.

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H
London
4 reviews
Dined on 13 April 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

It had been a while since we had last visited the Ypres Castle Inn. Boy has it changed! And sadly not for the better. Food really mediocre, 'Goan' vegetable curry was tasteless and also we sampled the local Rye gin and that was like paint stripper! All in all, we had a truly poor experience. Whilst the pub was packed, the atmosphere was not jovial, it was too noisy, families and couples struggling to make themselves heard. Ambience was awful, decor dark and dingy, service slow and inattentive. Go somewhere else!

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t
Essex
2 reviews
Dined on 12 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very friendly lovely staff.
Really chatty just a nice cozy pub .. good roaring fire much appreciated on the evening we showed up as it was freezing !! We had really good wine & lovely food .
Stayed a couple of hours then off to the jazz bar . Overall good honest food at a really good price

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DH
1 review
Dined on 10 April 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Recently had lunch mid-week at this lovely pub in Rye. The staff are very friendly and helpful. There is a warm and cosy atmosphere in the pub which has plenty of character. We all decided on battered cod and chips for lunch. The fish was perfectly cooked and of a very good quality. The chips were good although I feel they may have been pre-cooked as they were a little too dry for me. On the other hand the mushy peas were amazing, I realise this is a funny thing to rave about, but they really were good and I'm not normally that keen! I would like to go back for Sunday lunch and try the roast dinner which wasn't available mid-week; which leads me on to a small negative in that the choice on the menu was slightly limited and definitely aimed at fish fans! Apart from ham, egg and chips and a steak sandwich there was not much for carnivores! It's such a lovely pub though and the friendly staff were very welcoming.

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JI
East Sussex
1 review
Dined on 9 April 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Friendly service. Nice log fire. Excellent fish and chips and steak sandwich.

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JM
East Sussex
1 review
Dined on 2 April 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Unfortunately it was a very quiet evening, so there wasn't a lot of atmosphere, but the staff were very nice.

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JC
East Sussex
1 review
Dined on 30 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Birthday Celebrations, staff really helpful. We were able to set the table up with decorations 1 1/2 hour before and then even kept the cake out of sight for us.

Thank you so much!

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MB
London
1 review
Dined on 30 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Recommend the scotched egg starter. Frendaly staff. Good sized meals

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PS
1 review
Dined on 29 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

We went two nights running to Ypres Castle, Friday and Saturday end of March. Lovely pub, very good beer and food Friday superb. Saturday it went a bit wrong, our order was given to another couple and we waited for nearly an hour before it was resolved and though the fish pie I had was really nice, the pot it came in was served on a cold plate so the vegetables were cold. The staff were very apologetic and deducted the drinks from the bill which was very good of them.
We would definitely go back there again though.

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GW
East Sussex
1 review
Dined on 17 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great place, great food, great service and great music!

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n
Brighton
2 reviews
Dined on 12 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Lovely choice of food dishes, with good portion sizes. Reasonable prices too!
Very good range of ales with bar staff offering advice and tasters to help make your choice.
Pleasant pub surroundings with lots of wooden furniture and a central bar as well as a large room behind the bar for greater privacy.
Easy booking arrangements and helpful staff who served you with a warm welcome
What more could you wish for in a great little pub?

A great find in Rye town.

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NA
London
1 review
Dined on 10 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, great location, friendly staff, everything! Highly recommended.

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NF
Kent
2 reviews
Dined on 5 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Many thanks to the staff.
The lady was lovely..
Food was very good.

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ME
East Sussex
1 review
Dined on 2 March 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a really enjoyable meal during scallop week. The food was good, though the veg were a little bit soggy, but otherwise delicious. Would go again the next time I'm in Rye.

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JR
1 review
Dined on 2 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always excellent. The staff are happy, the food is fantastic and the pub is comfortable and welcoming. I Love that dogs are allowed in.

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S
London
5 reviews
Dined on 1 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A repeat trip for us to the Ypres Castle for the Rye Scallop Week festival. We took friends who had not been before. The view from us all was that the menu was well thought out and the food tasty. The pub itself is very welcoming and sitting by the fire before lunch was lovely as it was a cold day. Would thoroughly recommend this to anyone.

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Kent
1 review
Dined on 1 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and lovely staff. We booked ahead knowing it would be busy as it was Scallop week in Rye. The paella we ordered for four was fabulous. The portion was very generous and the ingredients all well cooked. Would definitely recommend

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LH
East Sussex
1 review
Dined on 28 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

Excellent food in a unique setting. Warm and friendly atmosphere.

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BC
1 review
Dined on 27 February 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Disappointing meal long wait as understaffed poor girls were doing their best. Scallops week had linguine overcooked frozen mussels lots of them not opened up, scallops poor considering a stones throw away is the harbour where you can buy fresh pity if they cant make use of it as a great selling point.

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KG
East Sussex
1 review
Dined on 26 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Booked specifically for the Scallop week - we know the pub. Very friendly welcome, superb food, lovely range of LOCAL cask ales, super informal atmosphere & service, excellent value. Truly great pub in a town full of good pubs.

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GR
Kent
1 review
Dined on 23 February 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Food was ok ,overall dining was okay only part that lets it down was we had a big fly in the middle of one of our meals . The staff were very apologetic and remove the single meal from the bill, but it didn't dampen the mood overall .

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J
1 review
Dined on 23 February 2019
Overall 5food 1service 4ambience 4

Vibrant, busy pub. Excellent staff who worked incredibly hard to ensure that the customer was happy with their service. The food was delicious. It was a glorious day, exceptionally busy- unbelievable all round effort and dedication to do a fantastic job with a smile.

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EG
East Sussex
1 review
Dined on 23 February 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 3

Would maybe try again when Scallop week not on. Although we realised that as this event was on it would be busy, waiting 1 hour for our food is not acceptable.

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H
1 review
Dined on 22 February 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good location, friendly staff, tasty well prepared food. Good beer.

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CK
East Sussex
1 review
Dined on 17 February 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 5

Need an actual vegeterian option not just extra potatoes and chicken on the menu for roast dinner.

Ypres Castle Inn
Responded on 21 February 2019

For the benefit of others we do feel it's worth pointing out the menu always includes - and did include when you visited - three vegetarian starters and three vegetarian main courses.

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P
East Sussex
1 review
Dined on 16 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely friendly pub. Cosy atmosphere and staff willing to do over and above to ensure we had a great dining experience. Would definitely visit again

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T
London
17 reviews
Dined on 6 February 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Great location! Lovely, friendly and accommodating staff. We both had the steak and kidney pudding with perfectly cooked long stem broccoli (I don’t like broccoli of any type but this was delicious). The food was plentiful and despite both having great appetites we couldn’t finish it (always nice to be fed to the brim).

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OT
East Sussex
1 review
Dined on 2 February 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

A very enjoyable evening spent here would recommend

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Brighton
5 reviews
Dined on 27 January 2019
Overall 4food 2service 5ambience 5

We are long term customers at Ypres Castle Inn. It is a warm and welcoming atmosphere in a lovely medieval building. It has recently had some redecoration this month and continues to be cozy and aesthetically pleasing. There is a new chef and this is our second meal. All new chefs need time to hit their stride so we will be patient. The food for our Sunday lunch and Burns Night dinner was mediocre I am sad to say. Excellent and friendly service but the haggis was lacklustre and dumped on a plate with potatoes and turnip with no greens and just not that appetising. First course of smoked salmon was unimaginative. Sunday lunch, we had four different meals, were all a bit dull. Again, service and environment were excellent. They had had excellent food over the last many years so hoping it gets up to expectations again.

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N
London
35 reviews
Dined on 6 January 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Only stopped for a brief lunch but the service was friendly and the food was great. Husband said the fish pie was nearly as good as home-made!

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