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Restaurants are awarded from 1 to 5 Rosettes for culinary excellence. One Rosette restaurants are highly recommended in a local area and five Rosettes have reached the pinnacle of culinary excellence at a world class level.

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Atmospheric medieval inn with classic and modern menu

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At a glance

Open all year
Private dining
Wines by the glass
Wheelchair access
Service charge
Credit cards accepted

In a town filled with spellbinding period buildings, this 600-year-old inn has bags of historic charm and atmosphere. The food in the restaurant, with its linen-fold panelling, takes an Anglo-French path, and there are appealingly contemporary dishes on the menu. Start with lobster and chilled tomato consommé, or multi-flavoured sautéed scallops on bacon vinaigrette with potato risotto and broccoli. Main courses may serve up cod fillet, landed in the bay, with rosemary polenta, sun-dried tomatoes, artichokes and olives, or Winchelsea beef fillet with roast shallots, beetroot, broccoli and horseradish crème fraîche. End with a show-stopping dessert like coconut pannacotta with ginger, lime and pineapple.

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Opening hours

  • Open all year
  • Lunch served from: 12
  • Lunch served until: 2.30
  • Dinner served from: 7
  • Dinner served until: 9.30


  • Chef(s): Benjamin Fisher

Food and drink

  • Cuisine style: British, Traditional French
  • Vegetarian dishes available
  • Wines under £30: 22
  • Wines over £30: 15
  • Wines by the glass: 15

Price guide

  • 2-course dinner from: £29.50
  • 3-course dinner from: £39.50
  • Service charge
  • Credit cards accepted


  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Steps for wheelchair: 3
  • Assist dogs welcome


  • Seats: 64
  • Private dining available
  • Private dining seats: 14
  • On-site parking available

Additional information

  • Seats: 64
  • Private dining available
  • Private dining seats: 14

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A259, follow signs to town centre, then into Mermaid Street.

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