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Mermaid Inn

Mermaid Street, RYE, TN31 7EY

The aura of the smugglers' inn remains at the Mermaid, which is one of the most famous and photographed of England's ancient pubs. This venerable black and white timber-fronted building was a haunt of seafarers from the Cinque Port harbour. Its colourful history is reflected in ships' timbers for beams and huge open fireplaces carved from French stone ballast dredged from Rye harbour. A vast inglenook where the infamous Hawkshurst gang warmed themselves also has a hidden priest hole. British and French-style food is served in the bar, restaurant and under sunshades on the patio. Seafood and local lamb feature strongly on all menus; a chunky smoked fish chowder can be ordered for one hungry diner or two people to share, whilst other main courses include steak and kidney pudding or haddock in beer batter. Superb wines, local Harvey's beer and comfortable bedrooms complete the package.

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Tel: 01797 223065
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Principal beers

Fuller's London Pride, Harvey's

Open

All day all week
12-11

Facilities

Children welcome.
Garden.
Dog friendly.
Coach parties catered.
Bedrooms available.

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A259, follow signs to town centre, into Mermaid St

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