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The Mermaid Inn, Rye, East Sussex

The Mermaid Inn

4.3
4.3
841 Reviews
£26 to £40
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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Booked 13 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Cuisines

    British, French

  • Hours of Operation

    Mon–Fri, Sun 12:00–00:30 Daily 18:00–20:15 Sat 12:00–14:30

  • Phone number

    01797 223065

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive Chef

    Ben Fisher

  • Private party facilities

    We can offer a range of menus to suit the occasion.We can provide a personalised service to help you plan the food and wine to ensure we can create a memorable occasionWe offer private dining in our Board Room, or our Dr Syn Dining Room and for larger functions we can seat up to 90 guests in our Tudor Room.

  • Private party contact

    Kevin Hodgen: 01797 223065

  • Area

    Rye

  • Parking Details

    Unfortunately we are unable to offer parking to our restaurant customers as our small car park is reserved for hotel guests. There are a number of alternative car parks locally, and reception will be happy to direct you to these.

  • Public Transit

    The Rye railway station and bus station are both a 5 minute walk to The Mermaid Inn.

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Wine

Menu

Welcome to your Breakfast Table. Non Residents. Full English Breakfast £15. Continental Breakfast £8.50

Main

  • Cereal

    Alpen, Crunchy Nut Cornflakes, Fruit and Fibre, Frosties, Special K Weetabix

    • Full English Breakfast

      Local Free Range Eggs to order with Bacon, Tomato, Sausage, Mushrooms, Fried Bread, Black Pudding - Vegetarian Sausages available

      • Continental Breakfast

        Mini Croissant & Danish Pastry, Cold Meats & Cheese, Fresh Fruit/Fruit Salad

        • Scottish Smoked Salmon

          Fresh Scrambled Eggs & Cream

          • Omelette Arnold Bennett

            • Home-Made Waffles

              Streaky Bacon, Banana & Maple

              Fruit Juice

              • Fruit Juice

                Orange, Cranberry & Apple Juice

                Tea and Coffee

                • Freshly Brewed Coffee

                  • Selection of Speciality Teas

                    Last updated: 1 February 2022

                    What 841 people are saying

                    Overall ratings and reviews

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

                    4.3
                    4.3 based on recent ratings
                    • 4.2Food
                    • 4.5Service
                    • 4.4Ambience
                    • 4Value

                    NoiseModerate

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                    • East Sussex

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                    • East Sussex

                      Romance

                    • East Sussex

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                    1. JS

                      JuliaS

                      Devon

                      1 review

                      5.0

                      1 review

                      Dined on 13 May 2022

                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                      It was a lovely dinner. Stunning restaurant. Professional staff.

                    2. AH

                      AlexH

                      London

                      3 reviews

                      5.0

                      3 reviews

                      Dined on 9 May 2022

                      overall5food4service5ambience5

                      Friendly staff, tasty food and a great feel to the place. Highly recommended.

                    3. EB

                      EllenB

                      Hampshire

                      1 review

                      5.0

                      1 review

                      Dined on 8 May 2022

                      overall5food5service5ambience4

                      Lovely evening, waiters welcoming and very helpful. Great evening

                    4. MC

                      MaxC

                      Shropshire

                      1 review

                      5.0

                      1 review

                      Dined on 7 May 2022

                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                      We had hoped to stay overnight but The Mermaid was full so we ended up booking a evening meal. The food was excellent and the staff, all of them including at the bar could not of done more to ensure we had a very pleasant evening. We would highly recommend the venue. Will try and book earlier on our next trip back to England.

                    5. a

                      alanm

                      East Sussex

                      1 review

                      5.0

                      1 review

                      Dined on 1 May 2022

                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                      The food was excellent. The service was attentive with out being intrusive. If it were my local I would definitely be a regular..but I live in London and my wife and I were just visiting Rye.

                    6. RR

                      RossR

                      Surrey

                      1 review

                      5.0

                      1 review

                      Dined on 1 May 2022

                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                      Beautiful building with bags of history, friendly staff and tasty food. Would thoroughly recommend for a dinner or a stay.

                    7. d

                      dannie

                      Lincolnshire

                      1 review

                      3.0

                      1 review

                      Dined on 30 April 2022

                      overall3food2service4ambience4

                      I found the food to be lacking in taste, I have eaten here before and enjoyed the food but on this occasion I found the food bland

                    8. CK

                      ClareK

                      Brighton

                      9 reviews

                      5.0

                      9 reviews

                      Dined on 25 April 2022

                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                      Excellent service and delicious food, beautifully presented

                    9. K

                      Katkev18

                      East Sussex

                      1 review

                      5.0

                      1 review

                      Dined on 25 April 2022

                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                      Amazing dinning experience, the service was also amazing

                    10. F

                      Foodie

                      1 review

                      5.0

                      1 review

                      Dined on 23 April 2022

                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                      The ambience was nice and it was lovely to not have background musak which is so prevalent and intrusive these days. Delicious food and friendly and welcoming staff.

                    11. TN

                      TheresaN

                      New York Area

                      2 reviews

                      5.0

                      2 reviews

                      Dined on 23 April 2022

                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                      The building is beautiful. The staff helpful and friendly. Service first class. The food was excellent. Real traditional fine dining made the evening special. Would thoroughly recommend The Mermaid .

                    12. EC

                      ElaineC

                      1 review

                      5.0

                      1 review

                      Dined on 18 April 2022

                      overall5food5service5ambience4

                      Fabulous setting. Staff were attentive and professional. The food exceeded all expectations, with every member of our party delighted with their food. It was exceptionally well cooked. The whole evening and experience was excellent.

                    13. DL

                      DianeL

                      East Sussex

                      1 review

                      5.0

                      1 review

                      Dined on 17 April 2022

                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                      Welcoming,we had a lovely Easter sunday lunch Friendly staff .lovely out side space A very quaint & popular place to visit whilst in Rye .

                    14. TP

                      TimP

                      Dorset

                      1 review

                      4.0

                      1 review

                      Dined on 17 April 2022

                      overall4food4service4ambience5

                      Had Sunday lunch, everything cooked well and generous portions. Reasonable price considering food, location and ambiance.

                    15. SL

                      StuartL

                      1 review

                      5.0

                      1 review

                      Dined on 16 April 2022

                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                      Suoerb. Enjoy lunch here everytime we vusit Rye. I would advise booking. Gets very busy.

                    16. AE

                      AnneE

                      London

                      1 review

                      4.0

                      1 review

                      Dined on 15 April 2022

                      overall4food4service4ambience4

                      Historic hotel. Fine dining. Food not perfect but OK. Service good but pour your own wine. Overall an enjoyable experience.

                    17. JB

                      JackiB

                      Cambridge

                      1 review

                      5.0

                      1 review

                      Dined on 11 April 2022

                      overall5food4service5ambience5

                      Excellent ambiance and very attentive staff. Innovative menu. Shame that only option of potatoes had to be cold potato salad though. . Wld much preferred plain boiled and butter.

                    18. PJ

                      PJouttolunch

                      Kent

                      18 reviews

                      5.0

                      18 reviews

                      Dined on 10 April 2022

                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                      Went for Sunday lunch. Good roast - huge portion. Good wine list esp for French wines. All reasonably priced. Service was excellent and very attentive and polite. Beautiful old beamed building and very atmospheric dining room. Great for a special occasion but people also there just for a casual lunch. Best to book in advance as it’s also a hotel and a popular venue. Limited parking but lots of car parking a few minutes walk away.

                    19. EP

                      ElisaP

                      1 review

                      5.0

                      1 review

                      Dined on 10 April 2022

                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                      Super place to have lunch dinner or anything. I love the atmosphere and the staff is super nice. When I am in Ryue is a must-stop.

                    20. CF

                      CatherineF

                      1 review

                      5.0

                      1 review

                      Dined on 8 April 2022

                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                      Was slightly worried about dining here as reviews are hit and miss but our food was phenomenal. We both had the beef cheek and it was outstanding. Pudding was also huge and delicious. Would definitely recommend.

                    21. MF

                      MichaelF

                      Hertfordshire

                      3 reviews

                      1.0

                      3 reviews

                      Dined on 3 April 2022

                      overall1food1service1ambience1

                      I strongly advise reading the critical reviews about this location, before making a booking. The sarcastic replies from the "manager" indicate that "hospitality" and "service" are not part of the owner's trading policy. We experienced the rejection of a complaint about food quality that has been reported before. Not recommended - plenty of alternatives available!

                      The Mermaid InnResponded on 6 April 2022

                      As ever food is a matter of taste. Rye has so many choices for dining out, we would be very happy to offer guidance. We enjoyed reading this review today....."Excellent hotel with character. All rooms are unique. Food very good with top class service."

                    22. OT

                      OpenTable Diner

                      East Sussex

                      1 review

                      5.0

                      1 review

                      Dined on 29 March 2022

                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                      Excellent food as always … Except i have to say I was a little disappointed with my starter of monkfish ,I made my wife laugh when I told her it tasted like a rock pool and would have been nicer with a little more of the fish . Having said this the rest of the meal was delicious and beautifully presented . We were served by Brendon and Katrina who were both very friendly and polite . We have been before and won’t hesitate to come again . Thank you

                    23. PA

                      PhilA

                      Exclusive

                      1 review

                      5.0

                      1 review

                      Dined on 28 March 2022

                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                      We were last in the Mermaid 10 years ago and delighted to see that high standards have been upheld

                    24. JH

                      JanenH

                      London

                      5 reviews

                      vip
                      4.0

                      5 reviews

                      Dined on 27 March 2022

                      overall4food5service5ambience3

                      We went for a mother's day treat. The interior seems a bit dated but maybe that the theme. Not my taste and no music so no ambiance really. The menu had sandwiches etc on for lunch, but thankfully it was a Sunday and so we could have a Sunday roast. We chose lamb and it was delicious. Even my 5 year old cleared his plate. Amazing food. Staff were friendly and helpful. We enjoyed our experience.

                    25. SB

                      SimonB

                      1 review

                      4.0

                      1 review

                      Dined on 26 March 2022

                      overall4food4service5ambience5

                      We arrived and were seated in a great place overlooking the rear courtyard. Beautiful dining room. I had the monkfish starter which was cooked really well but the rest of the flavours were not for me. My husband had the mushroom starter and he really enjoyed it, slightly larger portion next time. I then had the haddock which was delicious and my husband had the rabbit which he also enjoyed. The wine sommelier was knowledgeable and we enjoyed a bottle of white. It is pricey for the size of portions but this hasn’t put me off and I would recommend and I will visit again.

                    26. PH

                      PenH

                      London

                      1 review

                      5.0

                      1 review

                      Dined on 18 March 2022

                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                      Staff were super friendly and helpful (especially towards my gluten free friend) and food was delicious.

                    27. SG

                      SheenaG

                      East Sussex

                      3 reviews

                      3.0

                      3 reviews

                      Dined on 14 March 2022

                      overall3food1service3ambience2

                      Service was prompt and friendly but food was poor. My aubergine parmiagna was not in the least like the Italian version and some of the food was burnt. I felt it was rather pretentious and not a particluar experience I would try again.

                      The Mermaid InnResponded on 18 March 2022

                      We read every review and always talk to our staff. They were sad that you did not enjoy your dining experience as they did ask twice during the evening, and there were no negative observations. We remain puzzled as to which Italian version you are referencing, however the Aubergine is slow roasted and will by its very nature be of a dark complexion..... We strive to offer guests locally sourced food with a focus on flavours....food is always a matter of taste.

                    28. UK

                      UKDEBSTER

                      London

                      6 reviews

                      5.0

                      6 reviews

                      Dined on 13 March 2022

                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                      We love going to The Mermaid Inn. So atmospheric and a lovely Sunday roast dinner.

                    29. OT

                      OpenTable Diner

                      East Sussex

                      3 reviews

                      3.0

                      3 reviews

                      Dined on 12 March 2022

                      overall3food3service5ambience4

                      Lovely place and worth a visit. Limited lunch time menu with no starter option but the standards of service are very high. Had cod and chips which was very nice and well priced. Will go again and hoping to stay overnight.

                    30. DT

                      DorothyT

                      East Sussex

                      1 review

                      3.0

                      1 review

                      Dined on 27 February 2022

                      overall3food2service4ambience4

                      We felt let down by this dining experience. We felt it knows it’s always going to to be busy due to its age and location so doesn’t need to try . The food ( I had rabbit which I know and enjoy ) was just not nice ! Vegetables simply boiled as you might do at home nothing special. Hubby’s beef was cold , though tasty . Starters there was much more radish than fish but looked very nice . Puds were fine you can’t really go wrong with cheese and biscuits . All in all we won’t repeat the experience but perhaps many people don’t either and they don’t need that kind of business . Staff were almost too friendly in a “ faux” sort of way it just didn’t feel genuine.

                      The Mermaid InnResponded on 1 March 2022

                      Thank you for your review. We understand that food as ever is a matter of taste, and it may not meet personal taste. However we do feel it is unfair to castigate a hard working team of Chefs with a line......"so doesn't need to try".......then castigated for friendly attentive service as not being "genuine". At times a modicum of respect for hard working staff does count........and there may be many reasons why The Mermaid is busy.

                    31. a

                      annieb

                      Buckinghamshire

                      241 reviews

                      vip
                      3.0

                      241 reviews

                      Dined on 26 February 2022

                      overall3food3service4ambience3

                      I was very disappointed with the restaurant and the food was not what I expected. We arrived for a drink in the bar but couldn't use it as the barman said it was too full. We sat, alone, in the lounge, it was a bad start. I wouldnt return.

                    32. OT

                      OpenTable Diner

                      West Sussex

                      3 reviews

                      5.0

                      3 reviews

                      Dined on 26 February 2022

                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                      Food was amazing, building is just beautiful and the service is first class. It's a must for anyone staying in Rye!

                    33. NW

                      NigelW

                      East Sussex

                      1 review

                      5.0

                      1 review

                      Dined on 25 February 2022

                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                      We had an extremely pleasant dinner at the Mermaid. The staff were welcoming and attentive, the atmosphere was how it should be as was the table setting. The scollops delicious, cheese and biscuits finished off the meal nicely. Will return.

                    34. OT

                      OpenTable Diner

                      London

                      2 reviews

                      5.0

                      2 reviews

                      Dined on 25 February 2022

                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                      Beautiful meal, scallop starter was amazing!

                    35. y

                      yukoh

                      East Sussex

                      1 review

                      5.0

                      1 review

                      Dined on 17 February 2022

                      overall5food5service5ambience4

                      We choosed mushroom as a starter, and it was definitely outstanding! The flavor is quite deep. I strongly recommend it.

                    36. RB

                      RobertB

                      East Sussex

                      1 review

                      4.0

                      1 review

                      Dined on 16 February 2022

                      overall4food3service5ambience5

                      What we had was excellent but the evening menu was quite limited.

                    37. L

                      Lazyfrau

                      1 review

                      2.0

                      1 review

                      Dined on 15 February 2022

                      overall2food2service2ambience4

                      Only 5 dishes on the ‘mains’ menu. Only 1 special. Cooked & presented very well but not something I would’ve chosen if given more choice. Service slow, staff all young, overly attentive & too many. Price high.

                    38. LW

                      LauraW

                      East Sussex

                      1 review

                      5.0

                      1 review

                      Dined on 15 February 2022

                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                      We had dinner with our 3year old boy and everything worked very well. The staff were both friendly and attentive and the food was delicious.

                    39. ZT

                      ZogTheGood

                      Surrey

                      5 reviews

                      4.0

                      5 reviews

                      Dined on 14 February 2022

                      overall4food4service4ambience4

                      Very good Valentine’s Day meal but there was one outstanding dish marinated monkfish

                    40. a

                      adamr

                      East Sussex

                      16 reviews

                      3.0

                      16 reviews

                      Dined on 14 February 2022

                      overall3food5service3ambience2

                      Food was excellent as was the service (though sporadic). Although I'd booked a month in advance we were put in an annex away from the main dining room which meant our service was not as attentive as one would expect for these kind of prices, and the room was completely lacking in ambience. I hadn't been back to the Mermaid for several years and aside from the food I see no reason to return.

                    Safety precautions

                    • Cleaning & sanitising

                      • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
                      • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
                      • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
                      • 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 Mermaid Inn is rated 4.3 stars by 841 OpenTable diners.

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

                    Make a booking

                    2 people

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                    Booked 13 times today
                    Google Map for The Mermaid Inn

                    Mermaid Street Rye, East Sussex TN31 7EY

                    Additional information

                    • Area

                      Rye

                    • Hours of Operation

                      Mon–Fri, Sun 12:00–00:30 Daily 18:00–20:15 Sat 12:00–14:30

                    • Cuisines

                      British, French

                    • Dining style

                      Fine Dining

                    • Dress Code

                      Smart Casual

                    • Parking Details

                      Unfortunately we are unable to offer parking to our restaurant customers as our small car park is reserved for hotel guests. There are a number of alternative car parks locally, and reception will be happy to direct you to these.

                    • Public Transit

                      The Rye railway station and bus station are both a 5 minute walk to The Mermaid Inn.

                    • Payment Options

                      AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

                    • Executive Chef

                      Ben Fisher

                    • Additional

                      Bar/Lounge, Beer, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Wine

                    • Phone number

                      01797 223065

                    • Private party facilities

                      We can offer a range of menus to suit the occasion.We can provide a personalised service to help you plan the food and wine to ensure we can create a memorable occasionWe offer private dining in our Board Room, or our Dr Syn Dining Room and for larger functions we can seat up to 90 guests in our Tudor Room.

                    • Private party contact

                      Kevin Hodgen: 01797 223065

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