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Mermaid Inn

Mermaid Street


East Sussex

TN31 7EY

Tel: 01797 223065

The gorgeous and ancient Mermaid Inn in Rye dates back to the late 12th Century. This lovingly restored hotel is steeped in history and is home to a plethora of ghostly spirits...

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.


Direct Dial Telephone
Colour Television
En-Suite Facilities.
The inn has 24 hour service and porterage.

Hotel Reviews

My mother, Marjorie Davies, my partner, Sheena Anderson, and I, spent only one night at the Mermaid Inn but the hours spent in this wonderfully atmospheric period setting will be remembered forever, not least for the fabulous dinner: venison that melted in your mouth; monk fish to die for with a superb mussel ragout; and plaice wrapped round a salmon & lobster mixture that was absolutely delectable; not to mention the first courses and desserts. We enjoyed excellent services from everyone in the hotel and loved the facts that there was not a single level area of floor in the upstairs rooms, that our bathroom was as big as our bedroom, that the furnishings were all appropriate and comfortable, and that we were pleasantly disturbed by 'noises in the night' which were mainly creaks and groans and totally unexplainable! We will be returning to relive our memories someday.
jackie scott-mandeville

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29 Bedrooms: 8 Four Poster Bedrooms, 15 Double / Twin Bedded Rooms, 5 Family Rooms and 3 Single Bedded Rooms.
Prices range from 90 to 140 per person


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