Originally dating from 1156, the Mermaid Inn was rebuilt, much as it still stands today, as the principal Inn of Rye.
Not only were ships' timbers used in the construction but also baulks of Sussex Oak. Mermaid Street, formally Middle Street, was the main entrance from the sea through the Strand Gate. The anchorage below Mermaid Street had 20 feet of water at high tide, with space for over one hundred ships to anchor off the Quay.
So, from a picturesque cobbled street step back in time to experience the unique atmosphere of one of England's oldest and loveliest Inns, well frequented by smugglers over the centuries, and invaders from France.
Nowadays the Mermaid Inn caters for those who appreciate tradition and charm, coupled with the modern facilities required by today's guest.
Our award winning restaurant offers the best of British and French Cuisine, and our Head Chef prides himself on using only the freshest local ingredients.
Our famous linen fold panelled Restaurant is an extremely romantic setting for a candlelit dinner.
The Lounge Bar is one of the most interesting rooms in the Hotel. The main feature being the huge fireplace, possibly one of the largest in England. A vast beam spans the whole width, supported on stone piers.