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Mermaid Inn, Rye

Mermaid Inn

Mermaid Street
TN31 7EY
Tel: +44(0)1797 223065
Fax: +44(0)1797 225069
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Originally, dating from 1156, the Mermaid was rebuilt, much as it still stands today, as the principal Inn of Rye.  Now owned by two local residents the Mermaid caters for those who appreciate tradition and charm, coupled with the modern facilities required by today’s guest.

So, from a picturesque cobbled street; step back in time to experience the unique atmosphere of one of England’s oldest and loveliest Inns.

Over the years the Mermaid has been visited by artistes of stage and screen, musicians, politicians of the day and royalty, including HRH Elizabeth, the Queen Mother, HRH Prince Edward, Warren Beatty, Charlie Chaplin, Pierce Brosnan, Andy Garcia and even Johnny Depp. Painters from all over the world have spent many a happy hour with brush in hand, capturing the rare character of this beautiful Inn.

The Mermaid has 8 four-poster bedded rooms, 15 double / twin bedded rooms, 5 family and 3 single bedded rooms. The Elizabethan Chamber, a large panelled room with a magnificent carved four-poster bed, is our most requested room for the true romantics whilst Four rooms are particularly requested, especially at Halloween, due to the Ghost Stories attached to them, dating back to the 18th century, when smuggling was at its height. (The Mermaid appeared on the first ever series of ‘Most Haunted’)

All rooms have direct dial telephone, LCD television,tea/coffee making facilities,hairdryer and private bath/shower room. The Inn has 24 hour service and porterage.

Mermaid Inn, Rye

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. The Linen Fold, Panelled Restaurant, with Medieval Artwork by the Slade School of Art, is an extremely romantic setting for fine dining.

Weddings and Conferences
Our Beautiful Tudor Room, set on two levels, is a truly romantic setting for Weddings - with its low hewn beams and latticed windows. The polished hard-wood dance floor on the lower level leads, through draped French doors, ontoa small, private patio area. It is totally self-contained with its own Kitchen, well-stocked Bar and Facilities. It can accommodate up to a maximum of 90 guests, seated, and up to a maximum of 80 guests for a Buffet.


Conferences are very popular at the ‘Mermaid’ where guests can enjoy the history and charm of this rare old building as well as professional service and fine cuisine.

Private Meeting Rooms
We can offer two meeting rooms within the hotel, with Wireless Internet Access, to accommodate up to 60 delegates.

In case of alteration, please check prices, opening times and any specific important information before booking or visiting

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