From a picturesque cobbled street in the centre of Rye, step back in time and experience the unique atmosphere of one Englandís oldest and loveliest inns rebuilt in 1420 and with Norman cellars dating back to 1156. the Mermaid Inn caters for those who appreciate tradition and charm, coupled with the requirements of a discerning modern guest.
The unique bedrooms include the Elizabethan Chamber and Dr Synís Bedchamber, with their magnificent carved beds. The head of a secret stairway is concealed behind the bookcase in Dr Synís Bedchamber. In other bedrooms the story is repeated; fine panelling, Caen stone fireplaces and latticed windows. The second storey rooms are particularly intriguing with curved timbers supporting the ceilings which rise to a point above them, while the dormer windows afford a unique view of the red tiled roofs of Rye.
Our award-winning restaurant offers the best of British and French Cuisine, and our Head Chef prides himself on using only the freshest local ingredients.
The Linen Fold Panelled Restaurant, with Medieval Artwork by the Slade School of Art, is an extremely romantic setting for fine dining.
When one sets foot on the cobbles of Mermaid Street and gazes at the two rows of houses the centuries just fall away. It would seem right and natural for the sound of horses to echo in this ancient thoroughfare. The Mermaid had close associations with Smugglers and their notorious activities, although the old Customs House (the house with the crooked chimney) is just around the corner from the Inn. To consider for one moment that Customs men and Smugglers were unaware of each othersí existence would be stretching credulity too far and, no doubt, some spirit of Ďco-operationí existed.
Rates: From £90 to £140 per person per night.
Children are welcome.
No smoking. Sorry, no pets.
3 Star AA.