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Mermaid Inn
Mermaid Street

TN31 7EY
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From a picturesque cobbled street, step back in time to experience the unique atmosphere of one of England's oldest and loveliest inns. (The Mermaid's doors had been open 150 years when Queen Elizabeth I visited Rye in 1573).

Well frequented by notorious smugglers over the centuries, the Mermaid caters for those who appreciate tradition and charm coupled with modern day comforts.

The Inn has a wealth of old timbers, and open fires, with views through quaint windows to the ancient town of Rye. The cuisine is excellent and many of the ensuite bedrooms have four poster beds - some a resident ghost!

Our restaurant is open daily with Luncheon served between 12 noon and 2.30pm and Dinner between 7pm and 9.30pm (last orders). Booking is advisable, we would ask for a debit/credit card number on Saturday evenings, Bank Holidays a Special Occasions to confirm your reservation.
For a lighter option food is served in our 'Giants Fireplace' Bar from 12 noon to 2.30pm and 6pm to 9pm on week days and 12 noon to 9pm at weekends. (During the busy summer months Bar Food is not served after 6pm Saturday evenings).
Bar food may be served all day and in fine weather we have outside seating areas. Please contact reception to check times, we do not take bookings for the bar.

Wifi is available in most rooms and public areas of the hotel (free to overnight guests).
Weddings and Private Functions catered for. Please see website for details.

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Ratings/Awards: AA 3 Star

Number of Rooms: 31
Number Ensuite: 31

Price per Person

Double: From £90
Twin: From £90
Single: From £90
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Name: Mermaid
Cuisine: English/French
Chef: Barry I Smith
Awards: AA Rosette

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Open All Year
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Sample Menu:


Three Course ~ £37.50

Pan-Fried Rye Bay Scallops
Pancetta & Fennel Pearl Barley Risotto, Sauce American

Sauté Wood Pigeon Breast
Glazed Baby Onions & Chestnut Mushrooms, Light Game Jus

Cornish Crab and Crayfish Tian
Roasted Red Peppers, Avocado, Cauliflower Beignet
Sweet Pepper & Tomato Dressing

Canterbury Ham Hock Hash Brown
Poached Duck Egg & Red Wine Glaze


Rye Bay Skate Wing
Braised Fennel, Seasonal Bubble & Squeak
Sorrel, Tomato & Cockle Virgin Sauce

South Coast John Dory Fillets
Ragout of Sprout Leaves, Woodland Mushrooms, Peas
Bacon & Hand Cut Sweet Potato Chips

Pan Fried Calves’ Liver
Sage Infused Tenterden Creamed Potato
Braised Baby Gem, Glazed Carrots, Diable Jus

Rump of Cranbrook Lamb
Fondant Potato, Irish Kale, Minted Pea Puree
Red Wine Rosemary Jus


Dessert Menu to be offered
A Selection of British Cheese and Biscuits

V.A.T. at 20% included. 10% added for good service.

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