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The Mermaid Inn is a charming and historic Tudor-style inn situated among the cobblestone streets of the ancient town of Rye in southern England.

In the Giant’s Fireplace Bar, guests can enjoy a drink and imagine how the Hawkhurst Gang, local smugglers in the 1730s and 1740s, caroused in the bar – you may even be able to spot the secret passageway entrance! Dine in the Linen Fold Panelled Restaurant and enjoy the coziness of the Dr Syn dining room or relish in the privacy of the Boardroom for your evening meal, lunch and breakfast.

Relax in the comfort and atmosphere of Dr Syn’s Lounge and look for the wall carvings of the Catholic priests fleeing to the continent at the time of the Reformation. The Small Lounge overlooks the cobbles of Mermaid Street, which was once the main route to the anchorage in Rye in years gone by.

The Mermaid Inn contains 31 unique rooms, each named after a person from the history of the Inn and Rye.

  • Here are just some of the intriguing charms found in the guestrooms:
  • Magnificently carved beds
  • A secret stairway concealed behind the bookcase in Dr Syn’s Bedchamber
  • Fine oakwood paneling
  • Caen stone fireplaces and latticed windows
  • The second story rooms are particularly intriguing with curved timbers supporting the ceilings which rise to a point above them, while the dormer windows afford a unique view of the citadel of Rye and beyond

Linen Fold Panelled Restaurant
Guests may enjoy the ambiance of the large restaurant, the coziness of The Dr Syn Dining Room or the privacy of the Boardroom for your evening meal, lunch, and breakfast.

Head Chef Ben Fisher focuses on using quality, seasonal, local ingredients and cooking them to perfection. 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.

Dinner is served 7.00 pm (Saturday 6.30pm) – 9.30pm. The menu features local produce, such as Winchelse Beef, Rye Bay Cod and Romney Marsh Lamb. There is an extensive wine list including wine from Chapel Down in nearby Small Hythe, Kent.

On the map: Rye is a charming English town near the coast in East Sussex.

In the town centre, cobbled lanes like Mermaid Street are lined with medieval, half-timbered houses. The redbrick Lamb House was once owned by writer Henry James. Nearby, the tower of the Norman St. Mary’s Church overlooks the town. The 14th-century Ypres Tower, which formed part of Rye’s defenses, is now Rye Castle Museum, with paintings and displays on local history.

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