The Mermaid Inn
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.
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.
Delicious 3course fine dining meal in fabulous surroundings . All staff very attentive and professional. A great experience all round .
Our waitress couldn't have been more helpful, she really took care of us & the food was excellent.
Just amazing place to have delicious food, celebrated my birthday ! interiors amazing like from a medieval book , 9 of us had loads of fun :)
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
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....
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.
A stunning dining room which truly feels like you are stepping back in time. We highly recommend
Amazing food great service wonderful value Highly recommended
We had the most wonderful time. The food was extremely good and the waiting staff were engaging and fun. Would definitely go back.
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.
Wonderful food. service and venue. Not cheap but worth every penny. I will be back.
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.
Everything was outstanding from the place itself, staff and the food. Would come back again.
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.
Absolutely amazing place. Lovely food and excellent service, especially Patrick. What a great guy, he made our evening that extra but special
Staff were very friendly. Food was very good. Lovely historic building.
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
Very thoughtful and attentive service despite a very busy Bank Holiday evening.
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!
Great place, service and food quality. Highly recommend this place.
It was amazing. The Mermaid is well worth a visit. Fabulous buildings and helpful friendly staff. The food was excellent too
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.
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
Great food good service a place with good character recommend booking
High quality dining in one of England's oldest inns. Traditional, cozy and delicious, with friendly, attentive service, for a family get together.
The venue was a little tricky to find. We were very impressed with the food which was hot, freshly cooked and tasty.
Excellent food - beautifully presented with attentive and friendly staff
End of holiday
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
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
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...?
We had a wonderful stay here with dinner and breakfast. Lovely food and fantastic staff
Good but not outstanding
Staff in restaurant very good.
A very special experience- we want to come back and stay in one of the rooms next time.
Gorgeous Sunday lunch. Atmosphere in The mermaid Inn was lovely, staff all very friendly and the food fantastic. Would highly recommend.
Superb food with unique choices, excellent value for money and fantastic staff.
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.
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 .