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At a glance

AA Pick of the Pubs
Bar menu
Restaurant menu
Open all year
Dog friendly

The atmosphere 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, a vast inglenook where the infamous Hawkshurst gang warmed themselves, a hidden priest hole and huge open fireplaces carved from French stone ballast dredged from Rye harbour. British and French-style food is served in the bar, restaurant and under sunshades on the patio. Perhaps choose clam and orange chowder; or local charcuterie with pickles and toast; followed by south coast cod in beer batter; steak and frites; or the sea food platter. Superb wines, local Harvey’s beer and comfortable bedrooms complete the package.

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Opening hours

  • Open all year
  • Open all week
  • Open all day
  • Opening times: 12-11
  • Lunch opening: all wk 12-2.30
  • Dinner opening: all wk 6-9

Food and drink

  • Restaurant menu available
  • Real ales: St Austell Tribute, Harvey's, guest ale
  • Real ciders: Westons Stowford Press

Price guide

  • Credit cards accepted


  • Parking available
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Garden
  • Coach parties welcome, notice required


  • Children welcome
  • Children's menu


  • Dog friendly
  • Allowed in garden

Getting here

A259, follow signs to town centre, into Mermaid St

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