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Ship Inn, Rye

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there is a price list on the wall behind the bar

so you know you are about to pay top wack prices

this is more of a bar than a pub, and the cheapest draught beer is £3-90.
Leftinthepub44 - 1 Oct 2016 14:40
Although the interior decor is somewhat self-conscious, nevertheless a worthwhile and comfortably roomy pub serving some fine Long Man ales. And their Long Blonde may well be my beer of the Summer. Proper cider and perry festival in progress when we visited too - which is always a good sign. Very pleasant really and underrated here, I would say.
richythemole - 30 Oct 2013 19:51
I like this place. It's a bit self conciously light and airy shabby-chic by the seaside, but done really well and gets away with it I think. Good beers and some cracking guest ciders last time I was there, nice chatty staff and a good place to pop into after blundering around the antiques barns. Haven't eaten there but wouldn't discount the idea by any means.
Billyfish - 20 Feb 2013 17:22
Both food and rooms a bit on the pricey side. Very quiet and lots of character but only Harveys in real ale, the other two were blondes and not my sort of drink. Excellent breakfast though.
ChrisL - 27 Jun 2012 18:56
Buzzing atmosphere. Food pricey but top quality. 3 Real Ale's on. Worth a visit
martins2 - 9 Apr 2012 13:50
All credit to the owners of the fantastically-situated Ship for trying to do something different with their characterful (beams and wooden floors, rambling interior) pub. The day’s papers are in plentiful supply … and there are lots of board games to while away dark evenings.
mozzzzzz - 17 Jan 2012 11:13
Visited 23rd September 2011 Lunchtime

Very quiet but nice period detail inside and the music was in keping with ye olde flavour. Only had lagers which were fine and the barmaid was pleasant to us. Nice place to unwind before getting the train back to Hastings. 7/10
Bitterville - 29 Sep 2011 23:43
I'm a little shocked at the poor rating this pub has received. Having recently moved to Rye and a fan of real ale I popped in. I was met with a well designed pub with shabby chairs and artwork on the walls which just suited the town of Rye. The don't serve any alco pops or vodka and redbulls in this place which made me especially pleased.

The barmaids were friendly and attractive. A quality that is a must for a player such as myself.
flowerdelivery - 2 Sep 2011 13:53
This was a great pub when the Aussie girl ran it,it seems to have changed of late.
anonymous - 7 Aug 2011 19:10
Monday Lunchtime - the pub was empty, didn't like the lager or the ciders. unfriendly staff. Furnishings were a mish mash, no comfortable seating. 4 others arrived just after us sat down before ordering drink and within 2 minutes up and left. Poor menu so finished our drinks and also left. This used to be a great pub with a good atmosphere, what have they done to it? it's a shame
mezza21 - 22 Nov 2010 22:34
Open light atmosphere - food a key driver in this pub - didn't eat, so can't comment, but didn't take anything away from my experience. 3 beers and lots of cider on - sampled 2 beers, ( wealden and harveys) - well kept and in good nick

visited in october, pub busy but comfortable - recommended
mike_p67 - 31 Oct 2010 08:18
Visited the place on a Friday around noon, it was empty.
Had a pint of Harveys Sussex best and asked for the menu.
Got a menu which said pig's ears, wild boar and whitefish not something I really wanted.
Would have thought the pub would do more local seafood.
As it didn't appeal me I wondered of much to the dislike of the landlady.
markos - 24 Oct 2010 22:54
3 of us arrived at Rye with our dog on Sunday evening 19th Sept and the Ship Inn welcomed all of us! The beer (Harveys) was very good and the menu was pretty good. The food we ordered was good vale for money but the service was mediocre. Would recommend to others with the proviso re service.
skkpgo - 22 Sep 2010 17:33
I found the staff friendly and attentive. Couple of Ales on - more successful than some of the other places we visited. The layout inside, quite open, looked fine but we were sat outside and didn't eat here either.
uriahheep - 19 Jul 2010 22:00
Modern food orientated khazi, staff woeful and no character.
nickthefish - 28 Jun 2010 20:55
Didn't eat here so can't comment on the food. Liked the layout of the pub, very open with a variety of chairs and tables. Reminded me of a continental type bar. The clientele was a mix of locals and visitors of all ages. The dress sense was varied too!
The girl behind the bar was friendly. The beer was fine although only two ales on, Golden Braid and Harveys Sussex.
Would definately return here.
If you don't wish to eat here I can recommend the Italian restaurant nearby.
outtamehead - 14 May 2010 21:00
Sutton 1 has this place spot on. We stopped for lunch and were not impressed. Bar woman a bit sharp for my liking and when my Girlfriend sat on a reserved table you would have thought the Pope was due in for a bite, going by here reaction. Eventually we found a seat that was not reserved for Gandhi or Mother Teresa. Ordered the mussels and crab from the very limited menu and then proceeded to wait half the day. On a culinary level I wish we were still waiting. Mussels were gritty and cold and as Sutton 1 has said crab was small and accompanying toast cold. We left when finished and were waiting for Bar Woman to ask if meals were OK (She didn't, They know don't they ! ) She still looked like she wanted a tip. In summary...We won't be back and god luck if you do
the_surrey_beer_nomad - 9 May 2010 11:00
Have to agree with hfg, things have obviously changed here and for the better. Really enjoyed my visit, firstly the warm welcome I received followed then the excellent beer selection and choice of real cider and real perry.

Really nice ambience this place has and they manage to make both diners and drinkers welcome in equal measures which is good. The local Rother Valley Northiam IPA I had was in excellent condition and went down a treat. If visiting Rye right now I wouldn't look any further than here or the Standard for a drink, both by far the pubs at the top end of the scale for service and beer quality in Rye April 2010.
MisterX - 26 Apr 2010 03:33
In Rye on Tuesday and looking for somewhere to lunch, didn't look at any reviews previously and happened upon this pub, liked look of it and went in. we weren't disappointed. Can't comment on beer or anything as I was driving but had a very enjoyable lunch there. Small but interesting menu. Had chicken broth, friend had some kind of sweet potato salad and fries. All very nice. Very friendly service. Nice atmosphere. reasonably priced. would recommend and go again if in the area.
hfg - 25 Mar 2010 21:50
Well being a local things have to be good and they weren't about 18 months - expensive and rubbish food. Much better now with some good local ciders and casks ales. Food was good but expensive
blatters2001 - 14 Feb 2010 19:35
This pub must have changed hands since the Aussie lady ran it because it was a lovely place to firstly drink some great cask ales and secondly eat.
What has happened ????
anonymous - 27 Nov 2009 11:25
went for the first time last weekend . ordered lunch .a tiny crab sandwich on dry bread for £8.complained very politely but none of the staff [ or chef] seemed that bothered and they took my money.wont be returning .
sutton1 - 6 Sep 2009 22:18
A lovely pub - I'm just mystified about the comments below.

The other half and I stayed the night and were thoroughly impressed by the quirky feel of the place, the understated drinks and menu (locally sourced cider and perry that went down a treat after a day on the beach; the best roast pork I've had outside of the family dinner table) and the friendly but un-intrusive service. Completely unpretentious too, despite featuring in The Guardian's guide to the '100 best pubs'.
kid_b - 28 Jul 2009 23:32
Appalling. Overpriced. Tiny portions. Ignorant staff. I took my parents there last night and, despite ordering starters and mains, we left hungry. Fifteen pounds for a main course and then they have the temerity to charge extra for vegetables! Are they familiar with the expression 'credit crunch'? When my father politely commented that he hadn't been given enough food, he was roundly ignored. The Ship? A slight mis-spelling, surely? Either way, be sure to pass it in the night. We certainly will.
EsmeCleaver - 22 Apr 2009 15:32
I will just add that the guest beer was Rother Valley's Honey Fuzz which was rather nice. Hopefully I will come across it again somewhere else.
Strongers - 26 Mar 2009 16:31
This place is certainly more restaurant than pub and although the food that the wife and I had was fantastic, the service was just plain rude. I think that it is perfectly acceptable to walk into a pub, as this place advertises itself to be, and sit down at a table and then go to the bar to order some beer and ask for a menu. If we’d have known that it was going to be such a mission to get fed we would have walked straight out. I think that I was meant to sit and get table service as every time I went to the bar I had to wait for the barman to finish making drinks even though I was the only one standing there. This made me a little confused as it was almost 45 minutes before the waiter came over and only then because I collared him.

Harvey’s Best and a guest ale were on and there was also a selection of premium and standard lagers. There is a dartboard up on the wall with tables and chairs set out on the oche? There was also a strange mix of music coming from the speakers and I was surprised to hear drum and bass in the surroundings I was in.

I will not be returning here and if I was the excellent chef I would be blasting these cretins at the front of shop for doing me a disservice.
Strongers - 26 Mar 2009 15:49
I went there a few weeks ago for lunch as it was always a favourite of ours.

It seems to have had some sort of refurb with everything given a souless whitewash.
We ate (and wished we hadn't)

The main course arrived cold and it had a hair in it! The side dishes so late they had to be returned.

Onle plus point was that the boudicea ale went down a treat and seemed to be well kept. Only two ales on at the time.

If 10 is excellent I rate the refurb and food 2 out of 10.

The pints 7 out 10
pint_o_mild_please - 16 Mar 2009 18:11
Walked into a quirkily decorated pub with loads of candles which impressed the wife - the ESB impressed me and the drinking side of the premises filled up quickly - although I didn't see anyone go through to eat. Felt very comfortable in here.
mikecterry - 10 Feb 2008 22:29
It's not a pub. It's a restaurant. Reviewed as a restaurant it would do better, but as a pub, 5/10 is the best it will get.
MankyBadger - 10 Nov 2007 23:29
Didn't like the refurb, the tables are still sticky and are never wiped down it seems. Didn't try anything on tap - rather the Magners from a bottle. Barman was a little creepy and trying to impress all with his anti-corporate stance on brand lagers.

Was hear about the same last year and it was much better. Considering the location this pob should be so much better.
PigPen_in_the_Fens - 13 Jun 2007 17:48
the new management have done a great job at tidying up this place. its a big place and seems to rely much more on the dining side now. i didnt eat there mainly because a brake bros van pulled up the same time as me. nice pint though.
anonymous - 18 Dec 2006 21:54
Poor value accomodation, poor to bad food, pass on by.
sandraperson - 30 Oct 2006 08:54
Much better now than it ever has been in the last six or seven years. The food is alright if not a little overpriced, and the beer quality is certainly better than it ever was... but that's not to say it was excellent... just, ok. Never stayed there, probably never will, can stumble home instead.
Oldsod - 19 Oct 2006 00:47
Superb. No tossers, good atmos, food and lagers. Friendly barstaff as well.

My adivce; if you're in the area pop in for somethign to eat and a pint. You won't regret it!
PigPen_in_the_Fens - 9 Oct 2006 18:12
Had a week holiday in nearby Winchelsea Beach and visited the Ship on 2 occasions. Both times the food was excellent. As we had 2 kids with us it can be difficult at times to find food that they'll eat but the Ship came up trumps. As for the adult's meals we had steak & kidney pudding/liver & bacon/tuna pasta bake and a few other things besides - ALL without exception were truly superb. As for the real ale the choice was either a Harveys beer or Youngs bitter - both very drinkable. The place might benefit from a couple of extra beers from a more exotic location but you can't have everything. The staff were reasonable approachable and seemed OK to me and looked after us quite well.
stevewilliams - 26 Aug 2006 15:43
I have just returned from spending the weekend in Rye, and made the mistake of staying at the Ship Inn (which is also a B&B). The food was not bad, I have better and Iv'e had worse. The beer was average, but the house wine by the glass is Hock! However, worst of all is the acocommodation. At £75 a night the room was pokey to say the least! The shower dribbled luke warm water, hardly enough to wash your hair under (!)and the supposed full English breakfast which is seved between 8-9 am cosists of nothing but 1 piece of bacon, a tsp of mushrooms and half a grilled tomato. The owners were Australian, and the landlady was very miserable and couldn't even manage a smile! Overall, a very average place, and there are far beeter places to spend the evening.
sarah54321 - 24 Apr 2006 12:56
the 1 point rating was for the beautiful old buildimg, well worth a look.
visited lunchtime 12-02-05. All staff had obviously, that day, had a personality bypass, no charm, no smile or greeting for our party of 4 adults.
NO BITTER even though "cask conditioned ales" sign in huge letters on the beam over the bar.
Caeser salad main course was miniscule & i am sure there should be cheese somewhere in it. the rest of the dishes very average. not one smile from any of the ladies behind the bar or serving the food.
recommend you do not go for the food.
pappadamjoe - 14 Feb 2005 12:00
I'm a local. Honestly never had a particually good pint in this place. As of late has changed it's general target audience to what appears to be your average 15 year old. Flashing lights and alcopops. A shame really... Avoid like the plague if ale is your thing. Probably best to stick to bottled lager too. HOWEVER - Very welcoming... .if it's any consolation.
Alex M - 11 Oct 2004 18:28
large sprawling pub with emphasis on not over exciting menu
lout_from_the_lane - 28 Nov 2003 12:04

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