The Union

4.5
540 Reviews
£26 to £40
Contemporary European
The Union is a cosy, British restaurant originally built in 1401. It was named in the early 1700s to commemorate the union between England and Scotland.
We specialise in top quality steaks, using pure British stock that has been 30-day aged to give a fantastic flavour and texture. We also offer local fresh fish from the Rye and Hastings fleet and an exciting range of vegan and vegetarian options.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 540 people are saying
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ColmG
London
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was simple but excellent. Had the steak and chips

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Lasgps
London
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Service very good, food to a good standard, fish special excellent

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CatherineB
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience2

This was first time in the Union but it won't be the last. It was a little too quiet, a Friday lunchtime, but the staff were very friendly and hopeful and the food was very good.

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OpenTable Diner
East Sussex
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, lovely staff, good value for money.

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AlanP
Kent
3 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience4

A very memorable meal. Can't fault it at all. Lovely ambience and delicious food. Highly recommended.

SJ
SusannahJ
London
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

First time here, the food was excellent, staff were lovely, will definitely go back

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kool
London
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2020
Overall2food3service4ambience3

No ambiance and very cold room ! We been using this restaurant for 2yrs and always good but we so disappointed with this visit

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Marley
Kent
4 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time here, but not the last. Fantastic fish. Had excellent deserts and cocktails too. Thank you.

JB
JohnB
London
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The service was friendly and efficient. The food was amazing, great flavours and fabulous quality. A real find, would recommend to anyone.

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HelenB
Kent
5 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good steaks & friendly staff, one in particular was very friendly. Lovely evening!

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SusanB
East Sussex
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We went on a busy evening. The menu was short but interesting . Service was excellent.

Will go again when we return to Rye.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Top notch food and great service.

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EmmaO
East Sussex
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2020
Overall4food4service2ambience3

Great steak but waitress was quite rude and didn't have good manners.

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sallim
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience3

Lovely food in a warm characterful setting. Service was good, efficient and friendly.

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CarolynP
Hampshire
2 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The food was good, we had onion bread and goats cheese dip with radishes to start which was nice but maybe a bit tight on the bread £4 for 1 bread roll seemed a bit steep.
Our main courses marsh lamb for my husband and barbary duck for me were both exceptional - I would definitely recommend.

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AmyN
East Sussex
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely meal at the Union, would definitely recommend!

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RobertA
London
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service, the food was wonderful, great quality meats, lovely presentation. The restaurant had a lovely atmosphere.

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Kathryn
London
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious! Would highly recommend! We had crab and lamb and chocolate mousse! So good!

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ElizabethM
East Sussex
4 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My 3 friends and I had a wonderful evening at The Union. The atmosphere was great and the manager, Anna who served us was really good. Helpful, welcoming, entertaining and informative. The food was delicious and the wine too.

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LucyB
London
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely ambience, very relaxing and a delicious meal.

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Kafil
London
10 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food with wonderful service. It was a clod rainy night when went and it was wonderful to walk into the warmth of the welcome and the great smells emanating from the kitchen.
The food was superb with layers of flavours and good mix of textures.
The Union version of a whisky sour is a thing of wonder.
The only tiny gripe is that the gazpacho could have had more flavour.
Apart from that I would strongly recommend this to anyone

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KCXBY
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Not a good experience. We were shown to our table, which in these COVID times should have been sanitised prior to our arrival. The area was quite dimly lit and it was not until we were perusing the menu that we noticed the state of the table. It was dirty and moreover there was still food left scattered all over the table clearly from the previous occupants. In the current climate, establishments need to make sure that customers feel confident in putting their safety into the venue's hands. If you cannot even get front of house correctly done, it certainly does not inspire confidence for the place as a whole. This table was booked several weeks in advance, so our arrival was no surprise, they weren't squeezing us in at short notice. The simple fact was that due care was not taken and there is no excuse for that. Procedures should be in place to ensure this does not happen, but there was no adhering to rules on this occasion.

We did not want to stay and eat here as a result of this experience and left before we could even order. One of our party informed a member of staff as to why we were leaving, and the response was merely "ohhh".

I never write a critical review unless I feel it is absolutely necessary but on this occasion it is more than justified. Most people feel slightly twitchy about eating out these days and look for everything to be in place to make us feel comfortable, reassured and happy to be enjoying an evening out. Sadly, this was a big let down for us. Such a disappointment, I hope it was a blip but as this was my first visit to The Union I really could not say.

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MichaelS
Jersey
2 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Superb food! As always.
Lovely location and steak cooked to perfection.

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ColinE
East Sussex
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

This was one of the best meals we have had in many a long day. Beautifully cooked and nicely presented. Pigeon breast starter and marsh lamb main course for us both.

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Lindyloo
East Sussex
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Lovely restaurant only criticism is that they had run out of a lot of choices ie only 2 starters on offer but the food that we had was delicious

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KennethE
East Sussex
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great service,great food. Very polite staff. Will definitely go again.

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OpenTable Diner
East Sussex
2 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Delicious food beautifully presented. Great atmosphere with friendly service.

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JosephJ
London
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Limited vegetarian option helps people who struggle to decide: the Pearl barley risotto was delicious.
Warm & friendly staff.

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MichelleL
Essex
3 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Had lovely meal there recently. Steak was one of the best I’ve had. Staff were lovely and friendly. Best dining experience I’ve had in long time. Definitely recommend

JM
JoMM
Gloucestershire
9 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Nice food and wine, service good to start with but a bit slower as the evening went on, took a while to get someone’s attention to get the bill. Lemon posset was delicious!

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MichaelB
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Food was lovely, staff were good bit more ambience about the place would be good although I do appreciate it is difficult as this moment in time. Overall food quality was good

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catherinew
East Sussex
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience3

Nice place, nice ambience, good service. The food was a little disappointing, good ideas and ingredients but I felt it was sent out a bit lazily. ( burnt bread roll etc ) overall experience was really nice though.

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ChristineD
London
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was freshly cooked, local and delicious. Service was great and staff lovely and friendly.

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HelenM
London
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had a wonderful birthday dinner at the Union. The food was top notch and the service excellent. We had delicious wine and thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience.

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AdaG
East Sussex
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The staff were lovely but we were put in a room at the back and were a bit cut off from everyone else in the restaurant.

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Steeley1981
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, nice setting and excellent steak. Perfect for the occasion.

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GuyD
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience3

Service was good and efficient, fillet steaks were exceptionally good. Cooked to (our) perfection.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Lovely little restaurant, great service and menu however 3 out of our 5 meals (lamb & steak) came out very cold. They were cooked perfectly but it seemed like they’d be left to rest for far too long and everything on the plate had gone cold. We flagged this to the servers who were apologetic & offered to heat them up but by this point we just wanted to eat as a family so we finished. They knocked the 2 bottles of wine we had off the bill as a gesture of goodwill which was appreciated. Would definitely come back!

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Apsrdg
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Had our anniversary meal at The union while we were visiting Rye. Restaurant was really nice. Staff were very pleasant friendly and we were made to feel very welcome. Food was delicious but could of been a bit hotter. Felt a bit rushed I think due to us not sitting down till 8.30pm and the kitchen closing at 9.30pm.

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PhilipM
London
3 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Arrived 10 mins late . Staff made us welcome nevertheless. Tables well spaced out for precautions during Corona Virus. Staff friendly. Food served at a reasonable time.
The Marsh Lamb was very good.My preference would be a touch warmer but otherwise well worth choosing.. Wife had Chicken. Also very good standard.

FAQs

The Union is rated 4.5 stars by 540 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.