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“Amazing Bar!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Giants Fireplace Bar at The Mermaid Inn

Giants Fireplace Bar at The Mermaid Inn
Mermaid Street, Rye TN31 7EY , England
44 (0)1797 223065
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Ranked #3 of 10 Nightlife in Rye
Type: Bar/ Clubs, Bars
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London
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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“Amazing Bar!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2011

We did not stay or eat in the restaurant of the Mermaid as both were too expensive (restaurant is very expensive even compared to London prices!) but as a lover of old and beautiful pubs we had too lovely evenings having a drink in the Mermaid bar and beautiful sitting rooms that are open to non residents. The staff we so incredibly helpful and told us about the history of the Mermaid which I find fascinating. Such a wonderful place to have a drink after dinner (or before!). Highly recommended.

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“Atmospheric 850 year old smugglers' inn.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2011

Stumbled upon this lovely old inn by chance after walking up the old cobbled street. Went in for a quick evening drink, and whilst it is quite expensive (the barman said it keeps out the riff raff), we enjoyed it tremendously. As you would expect from a place that originated from 1156, it has enormous charm and the owners have done well in maintainig the character of it. A tourists' delight!

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“Look But Do Not Stay”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2009

I have been visiting this hotel since the mid 1960's, its a fantastic building with a lot of local history and great architectural details...but stop outside, or just walk through the front door and out the back door.
We went for a drink in the Firplace Bar, a fantastic feature, but it smokes and when you leave you smell like an old bonfire!
The drinks are overpriced, no local beers, the service is unhelpfull and almost rude, they are ver good at ignoring you. The bar is filled by a few European visitors veiwing the expensive snacks and a group of locals, who receive good service, but make you feel unwelcome.The general furnishings are unconfortable and un-imaginative. Although I have never stayed there, I have eaten there on a few occasions, it's only just OK.
Its a shame the management appear to have lost interest.....have a look at the place and then go and eat at The Ferry in Stone in Oxney

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