The Mermaid Inn

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396 reviews
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£26 to £40
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British
Dine in the AA 2 Rosette Linen Fold Panelled Restaurant, where you can 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.

Head Chef Ben Fisher is focused on using quality, seasonal, local ingredients and cooking them perfectly. He has a broad range of experience having worked in Michelin Star restaurants such as Fischer’s Restaurant in Baslow, The French Laundry in California, Tom Aikens Restaurant in London and worked with Thomas Keller at Harrods. and is able to adapt to the requirements of the guest and the occasion.

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M
London
34 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Charming restaurant in this rustic 15th inn with top notch, locally sourced food.
The service is friendly and very attentive and the cuisine delicious - the fish was particularly excellent.

OT
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 4 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious 3course fine dining meal in fabulous surroundings . All staff very attentive and professional. A great experience all round .

JP
London
1 review
Dined on 3 October 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Our waitress couldn't have been more helpful, she really took care of us & the food was excellent.

g
London
2 reviews
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

M
London
3 reviews
Dined on 22 September 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

What a charming and fabulous restaurant. The roast beef melted in your mouth - obviously buy expensive products of quality. My only slight disappointment was the starter salad was swimming - less dressing would have been preferable

AS
East Sussex
1 review
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The Mermaid inn leaved to our expectations; excellent service, traditional but not over the top set up, the food was well presented and the wine excellent. The only thing we missed was the Ghost....

SH
1 review
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 5

My own food was ok, however the vegetarian food was very poor. My partner told the waiter and to our embarrassment , when the bill arrived we were told that the gratuity had been removed because my partner did not enjoy / eat her food. There was no mention of a refund £30
The wine was good though.

JJ
London
1 review
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

GO
London
2 reviews
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food great service wonderful value Highly recommended

KB
Surrey
1 review
Dined on 20 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had the most wonderful time. The food was extremely good and the waiting staff were engaging and fun. Would definitely go back.

CD
1 review
Dined on 16 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

s
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on 9 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

GR
1 review
Dined on 8 September 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

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.

AS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 1 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was outstanding from the place itself, staff and the food. Would come back again.

RA
1 review
Dined on 30 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Amazing setting in this medieval inn. Imaginative menu and impressive wine list with my one major complaint being that the sticky toffee pudding (which was unnecessarily some deconstructed three sponge monstrosity with the sauce separate and not steamed) was stale.

Highly worth a visit though to one of the few remaining inns in Britain.

AP
Essex
1 review
Dined on 30 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely amazing place. Lovely food and excellent service, especially Patrick. What a great guy, he made our evening that extra but special

OT
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 30 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Staff were very friendly. Food was very good. Lovely historic building.

NA
London
1 review
Dined on 25 August 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

We had booked for Sunday lunch and the service was dreadful. Really, really slow and when we did receive it the food was cremated.
We highlighted it at the time but not even an apology. Really disappointing

J
East Sussex
45 reviews
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Very thoughtful and attentive service despite a very busy Bank Holiday evening.

EK
London
1 review
Dined on 22 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Mermaid Inn was AMAZING! The service and the food were fantastic and the atmosphere of the inn was great; we felt like we had stepped back in time. Will recommend to all my friends and other family members. We LOVED the Mermaid Inn. Thank you so much!

JG
London
2 reviews
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place, service and food quality. Highly recommend this place.

K
Oxford
2 reviews
Dined on 16 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was amazing. The Mermaid is well worth a visit. Fabulous buildings and helpful friendly staff. The food was excellent too

AD
East Sussex
1 review
Dined on 15 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great meal here and complementary soup. The waiting staff were attentive and friendly. Time was given between courses and the restaurant was very busy but everyone received attention. Would highly recommend.

P
London
2 reviews
Dined on 14 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food chosen from a short but adequately varied menu, friendly service, in a wonderful old dining room and accompanied by a really good and reasonably priced bottle of wine

AM
East Sussex
2 reviews
Dined on 14 August 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food good service a place with good character recommend booking

T
Brighton
3 reviews
Dined on 13 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

High quality dining in one of England's oldest inns. Traditional, cozy and delicious, with friendly, attentive service, for a family get together.

OT
Manchester
2 reviews
Dined on 13 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The venue was a little tricky to find. We were very impressed with the food which was hot, freshly cooked and tasty.

OT
East Sussex
1 review
Dined on 12 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food!

SS
Kent
2 reviews
Dined on 9 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food - beautifully presented with attentive and friendly staff

OT
Edinburgh
2 reviews
Dined on 4 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

End of holiday

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 4 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We arrive a little early but were greeted by a team of reruns polite and well dressed staff. The food was excellent and the portions were plentiful. We only made it through 2 courses of the Sunday lunch which was a shame because the desserts looked lovely. Thank you to all the waiting staff and chef

EH
East Sussex
1 review
Dined on 4 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Everything was good, the staff were attentive but not over the top . We spent ages over our meal and retired to the lounge for coffee. No-one hurried us. We had a great time

S
London
25 reviews
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

The service was intermittent, we spent much of the evening with empty water glasses, no alcohol, or otherwise waiting for someone to attend to us - even when a waiter entered into our little room, they didn't look around to see if anyone else needed anything... My request to not have the sauce on my food resulted in getting none of the vegetables at all, i was told it was a misunderstanding and given a huge bowl of veg, but a bit frustrating to get my vegetables when I'd eaten most of my main.
All in all, I'd say they could do better, the food wasn't bad, but the lack of attention really let them down, perhaps more waiters are needed...?

JN
East Sussex
1 review
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We had a wonderful stay here with dinner and breakfast. Lovely food and fantastic staff

DM
Surrey
3 reviews
Dined on 1 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good but not outstanding
Staff in restaurant very good.
Lovely building

S
Bath
2 reviews
Dined on 28 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A very special experience- we want to come back and stay in one of the rooms next time.

CE
1 review
Dined on 28 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Gorgeous Sunday lunch. Atmosphere in The mermaid Inn was lovely, staff all very friendly and the food fantastic. Would highly recommend.

TS
1 review
Dined on 26 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb food with unique choices, excellent value for money and fantastic staff.

RD
East Sussex
1 review
Dined on 26 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fine dining with silver service at a wonderful old Inn located in the lovely medieval town of Rye. The perfect place for a couple to get away to for the weekend.

G
1 review
Dined on 24 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Hello

We had a great meal , fantastic service by all the waiters and bar staff.
Had the table for 2 by the window , it's only a suggestion , serve the butter after guests have been seated
as it had melted in the sun . Of course this is a very small seasonal problem !
We had a lovely evening and are looking forward to staying with you in the near future .

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