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Mermaid Inn, Rye

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Beautiful and historic pub with nooks and crannies aplenty, putting such London places to mind as The Cittie of Yorke. Ales were good if a trifle unimaginative and I guess the only issues surround the lighting which is a bit stark and the fact that it doubles up as a hotel, thus lending the place a certain transience.
BoehmBawerk - 8 Feb 2022 19:01
Superb historical inn. I thought the choice of 3 beers a little disappointing with Harveys Best, Fullers Pride and Taylors Landlord on with so many local micros around. Tables weren't cleared or cleaned which let the place down. Could and should be wonderful but apart from the building isn't.
Steamer1 - 20 May 2015 17:18
...having been in again, what the bar area clearly needs is some of the tables removed. Lovely big fire place and what could be a very nice room indeed.
Billyfish - 6 Feb 2015 12:49
Stopped by on Christmas eve in the afternoon, had a very good pint of Tribute...busy bar but warm and welcoming!
harlequin - 26 Dec 2014 17:52
Stopped by on Christmas eve in the afternoon, had a very good pint of Tribute...busy bar but warm and welcoming!
harlequin - 26 Dec 2014 17:52
Sussex best, London pride and tribute on.
Well worth visiting for historic interior.
legionuk - 25 Feb 2014 22:05
Astonishingly ancient genuine old English inn sporting a busy atmosphere. Fairly small public bar serving several good quality ales (had a pint of Dark Star Hophead) with more extensive dining/exclusive drinking areas around the building. Well executed food from a skilful and imaginative kitchen. Overall, a bit fussy (borderline kitsch in places) as a total experience - but still worth a visit for a drink or even a meal if you feel flush.
richythemole - 30 Oct 2013 19:47
Absolutely beautiful both inside and out. A must to see if you are visiting Rye. Definitely busy on a Saturday lunchtime but we found a table outside. You need a mortgage to drink here, but the pint we had (£4 plus) was well kept. Service and ambience match the prices.
badders - 6 Oct 2013 18:31
It's a tad on the 1970s idea of olde worlde for my tastes, some things are a bit too shiny, but maybe that's just me. Definitely worth popping in though, for a half perhaps. It's not a pub as said below.
Billyfish - 20 Feb 2013 16:49
This is, as mentioned, more of a hotel bar than a pub. It is however the most beautiful hotel bar I have ever set foot in. Get there early in the winter months to catch a seat by the fire. Order a good pint of Harvey's frontage jovial bartender. And relax.

strangetorpor - 3 Feb 2013 20:15
This is a very good (pricey) hotel with a legendary bar with an open fire. Itís worth visiting, but often packed Ö and not really a pub experience.
mozzzzzz - 17 Jan 2012 10:59
More of a hotel bar than a pub, but with a great ancient fireplace burning huge logs in the winter and plenty of outside seating in the summer. The Harveys and London Pride are normally in good condition and conversation can be very interesting given the variety of clientele. Not cheap, but then nor are the surroundings!
D.Bookless - 8 Aug 2011 15:38
There are those people who relish paying vastly over the odds for a plate of dinner accompanied by very average ales. And the Mermaid caters to this market admirably.
Were this website called "food in the evening", it would probably score highly. But not that highly because no matter how good the food, it's not worth the price.
But this website is "beer in the evening", and a choice of Harveys Sussex, London Pride and Speckled Hen is very uninspired compared with what else is available in Rye.
4/10 - could do better.
MankyBadger - 9 Nov 2010 22:51
Three beers on- Harveys Sussex, London Pride and Speckled Hen.
More of a hotel/restaurant than a pub. Very nice building with a sense of history about it. Dates from Elizabeth 1's time therefore genuine Tudor with lots of low beams.
Upmarket clientele with prices to match. £9.30 for two and a half pints.
Worth a visit but make sure you've got plenty of money!

outtamehead - 14 May 2010 20:36

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