HelpiOS AppAndroid AppWindows Phone AppWindows 8 App

Make a reservation

Party Size
For 2
7:00 PM
icon/ic_social_proofCreated with Sketch.
Booked 12 times today

The Mermaid Inn

165 reviews
icon/ic_price_rangeCreated with Sketch.
£26 to £40
icon/ic_cuisineCreated with Sketch.
Top Tags:
  • Special Occasion (41)
  • Good for Anniversaries (35)
  • Quiet Conversation (32)
Dine in the AA 2 Rosette Linen Fold Panelled Restaurant, where you can enjoy the ambience of the large restaurant, the cosiness of The Dr Syn Dining Room or the privacy of the Boardroom for your evening meal, lunch and breakfast.

Head Chef Ben Fisher is focused on using quality, seasonal, local ingredients and cooking them perfectly. 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. and is able to adapt to the requirements of the guest and the occasion.

Dining Style
Fine Dining
icon/ic_cuisineCreated with Sketch.
British, French
icon/ic_clockCreated with Sketch.
Hours of operation
Sunday - Friday: 12pm - 2:30pm and 7pm - 9:30pm
Saturday: 12pm - 2:30pm and 6:30pm - 9:30pm
icon/ic_phoneCreated with Sketch.
Phone number
01797 223065
icon/ic_new_windowCreated with Sketch.
icon/ic_paymentCreated with Sketch.
Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
icon/ic_dress_codeCreated with Sketch.
Dress code
Smart Casual
icon/ic_chefCreated with Sketch.
Executive chef
Ben Fisher
icon/ic_private_diningCreated with Sketch.
Private party facilities
We can offer a range of menus to suit the occasion.

We can provide a personalised service to help you plan the food and wine to ensure we can create a memorable occasion

We offer private dining in our Board Room, or our Dr Syn Dining Room and for larger functions we can seat up to 90 guests in our Tudor Room.
icon/ic_contactCreated with Sketch.
Private party contact
Kevin Hodgen: 01797 223065
icon/ic_locationCreated with Sketch.
icon/ic_neighborhoodCreated with Sketch.
icon/ic_parking_detailsCreated with Sketch.
Parking details
We can offer parking in our 25 space car park, but spaces are very often taken by hotel guests. There are a number of car parks locally, and reception will be happy to help you find a suitable parking space.
icon/ic_public_transitCreated with Sketch.
Public transit
The Rye railway station and bus station are both a 5 minute walk to The Mermaid Inn.
Beer, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Wine
What 165 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.2  based on recent ratings
Noise · Quiet
87% of people would recommend it to a friend
  • 5
  • 4
  • 3
  • 2
  • 1
Sort by
Barganax (London)
4.0  Dined on February 16, 2018

We dined at the Mermaid for a birthday treat. The restaurant was very elegant and very old fashioned. The building is over 500 years old so the ambience was perfect. I found the staff very friendly and welcoming.
The menu was a fixed price one with several dishes offered. I opted for the scallops and they were excellent. For the main we both chose the trio of pork and it was very nice.

4.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Great food and service in a stunning and uniquely historic setting.

Alan (London)
5.0  Dined on February 11, 2018

Booked online in restaurant and the whole experience was a delight from a drink in the bar, lunch and finishing with coffee in the lounge by a log fire. Perfect.

OpenTable Diner (London)
5.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

Birthday Evening. Simply top notch. Well worth a visit.

OPJH (East Sussex)
4.0  Dined on January 14, 2018

Our second visit. Nice atmosphere and service. We enjoyed both Bar area and the main restaurant for dinner. Handsome old fireplace! Choice on the menu was good. Trio of pork was very tasty. Turbot and vegetables were also delicious though, probably, the smallest fish portion i have ever had. Plum dessert was excellent - light yet flavoursome and very satisfying. Will order again!

Roble (London)
1.0  Dined on January 5, 2018

We booked the Mermaid to celebrate our 10th wedding anniversary. The pre-dinner drink in the bar was pleasant & the history of the building combined with the photographs of various celebrities who have dined there led us to believe we were in good hands. Once in the restaurant however things went downhill. We had asked for a nice table but got put next to a radiator under a window so the temperature variance was extreme. We asked to be moved to another table which was far nicer. When ordering the wine I duly tasted it but a few minuted later noticed the vintage on the menu 2013 was not that of the wine served, 2015. When I queried this the waiter abruptly flipped the menu to the inside cover which stated vintages may vary. An easy thing to miss, yet we were made to feel like* we* had somehow fallen short of expectations. When questioned there was no difference in price offered or explained. After this that waiter never returned to our table though he seemed to be working our section and we instead were served by a junior member of staff.
Our starters were enjoyable but when we asked for the turbot main we were told the kitchen had run out of turbot and the dish would be cooked with the same ingredients but the fish would be Dover Sole. Turbot is a favourite of ours but since we also like sole we went with it. This being our anniversary neither of us wanted any more upsets however after a few minutes of eating our mains we both noticed a faint but unmistakeable smell of ammonia. The sole was overcooked and quite heavily salted to the extent that we terminated the meal at that point.We explained to a senior waiter what the issue was and after he had discussed with the chef we were told the chef had checked and 'there was no problem'. This was the final insult to us as customers whose last thought was to pick fault. We were offered a free dessert but just wanted to leave as quickly as possible.
In summary the arrogance and sulky service ensure we will never return.

OpenTable Diner (Brighton)
4.0  Dined on December 22, 2017

A wonderful pre-Christmas lunch with the family. Good menu and lovely venue.

AngelaK (Essex)
5.0  Dined on December 17, 2017

The best vegetarian options that I have been offered for a long time. Food was beautifully presented, service attentive but not intrusive. Wonderful historic surroundings . Good value for money too.

H87Sween (Kent)
5.0  Dined on December 17, 2017

Lovely food, beautiful setting with gorgeous fires in the bar areas. Staff were friendly and attentive. Would definitely recommend x

OpenTable Diner (East Sussex)
4.0  Dined on December 10, 2017

The quality of the food was exceptional. Plenty of choice on the lunchtime menu with very good service throughout the meal. We both had the three courses which took the full 90 minute slot and followed with coffee in the lounge. Staff were both friendly and helpful.
There appeared to be a problem with the booking through open table which had not been transferred to their booking schedule. However, the manager sorted this problem fairly quickly.
Overall a very enjoyable experience and we would definitely recommend it to friends and family.

OpenTable Diner (Kent)
4.0  Dined on December 9, 2017

We visited the night of the Rye Christmas festival and the staff were dressed in various weird and wonderful costumes and they all took it in their stride and looked after us with the same excellent service we have come to expect at the Mermaid.

OpenTable Diner (East Sussex)
5.0  Dined on December 2, 2017

Superb food. The staff in the restaurant were very attentive. Sense of humour without being too familiar. We had a lot evening. We liked how we were moved to an area with open fire for our coffee. Other couples there . The set up have you an opportunity to be sociable if you wanted to or not. Loved it!!

OpenTable Diner (East Sussex)
4.0  Dined on November 26, 2017

Sunday lunch main course average (hot plates would have helped) but the desserts were divine

AjLamp (London)
3.0  Dined on November 18, 2017

This was a very peculiar dining experience! The attention from staff was impressive but strange , there seemed to be a different waiter for everything from bread to water.
The food was average if i’m Honest from the other reviews I was expecting more . The comedy value of the evening was the most memorable .

OpenTable Diner (Brighton)
3.0  Dined on November 17, 2017

One of our meals, although very nice, was served cold - we were told by the waitress (very sweet) that chef serves it at 65% to save drying of pheasant but the food was cold. Also, vegetables were extra! 10% service charge was added to the whole bill - this should be optional. The atmosphere at The Mermaid is perfect but the food, for what it was, was expensive. it is a shame there is no fire in the restaurant. I think next time we will eat in the bar, much more cosy. We went to the lounge for a coffee and no fire was lit and it was chilly.

We celebrate our wedding anniversary most years at The Mermaid but this time the experience was a little disappointing.

OpenTable Diner (East Sussex)
3.0  Dined on November 12, 2017

Exceptional building and friendly staff. Sadly my Sunday beef roast was inedible, being 25% fat and desert took 35 minutes to arrive from order. Additional wine was the same. The restaurant was draughty near the window.

OpenTable Diner (London)
5.0  Dined on November 4, 2017

Excellent all round and impeccable service. We had 3 courses, all of which were delicious. The venison to share was enough to feed a family!

OpenTable Diner (London)
5.0  Dined on November 4, 2017

Great service and food. Lots of attention to details

NigG (London)
4.0  Dined on October 29, 2017

A really enjoyable Sunday lunch in a wonderfully historic building and location. We followed up with coffee in one of their lounges.

OpenTable Diner (Brighton)
5.0  Dined on October 28, 2017

Really lovely food and excellent service in a gorgeous medieval building