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“Mediocre fish and chips”

Restaurant at The Mermaid Inn
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Ranked #27 of 113 Restaurants in Rye
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $7 - $53
Cuisines: French, British
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Good for: Romantic, Special occasions, Local cuisine
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Reservations
Reviewed August 28, 2013

Mediocre greasy fish & chips + some mushy peas for £15.00.
I've had far better battered fish for a fraction of the cost.
Not a disaster but also not a delight...

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Reviewed August 28, 2013

This is probably the most famous building in Rye. The dining room is charming, lots of character. There were seven of us. We had the set menu, which was fancy and pretentious. The white wine was warm, but they chilled the second bottle when asked. The staff were average. An expensive evening, not good value.

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Thank sooots
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Reviewed August 26, 2013 via mobile

Stopped here on bank holiday Monday for lunch. Was very impressed with the generous portions. Can totally recommend the caeser salad, lots of chicken and cheese. The mermaid deli box with a delicious mix of sweet and savoury treats - the chocolate brownie is heaven!

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Reviewed August 21, 2013

We absolutely loved this pub due to the ambience, the amazing fireplace, the delicious food and the friendly staff. What more could you ask for? Unlike some places in Rye, it doesn't pretend to be anything other than what it is and I think that is why it works so well as a lovely place to stop for a bite to eat.

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Thank Natalie T
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Reviewed August 17, 2013

My wife and I recently took four adult guests, including an American visitor, and an 8-month-old baby to The Mermaid for lunch (29.7.13.). The youngest member of the party had been christened the day before and this was a post-christening lunch to unwind after much hard work catering for a lot of guests. My wife and I had been here about a year before with two friends to celebrate our wedding anniversaries and had been very impressed. Suffice it to say that we were not disappointed on this occasion, either!

The £25 three-course set lunch, even with the 12.5% service charge added, is good value and The Mermaid consistently contrives to avoid the meanness and plate-painting which I find so irritating in other establishments. We started in the bar with a bottle of very pleasant pink fizz with some real character (a Loire Valley Cabernet Franc from Ackerman's). This we repeated in the restaurant to accompany the first course and for those choosing the poultry main course. Part of our group was slightly delayed, but the staff were politeness itself. Menus were brought to us in the bar and when the rest of the group arrived there was no pressure to rush into the restaurant, even though we were by then about 20 minutes late.

The menu is interesting and offers a good choice, with the emphasis on locally sourced ingredients. Starters are quite generous, although one chosen by my brother-in-law seemed on the small side: three not very large goat cheese 'bonbons' (delicious, however!). The Mermaid Deli Board was delicious, of a good size and set up the appetite well. Main courses were similarly decently sized. Romney Marsh lamb with a pearl barley risotto and spinach, napped with a sauce mercifully free of the 'chefy' tendency to over-reduce everything, tasted exactly as it should have done: of top class lamb. The Lussac-St.Emilion, an appellation often unjustly ignored in favour of its more famous neighbours, which we drank with the main course and the cheese, was excellent and, by restaurant standards, reasonably priced. Desserts elicited general approval and the Kent and Sussex Cheese Board was quite delicious.

Service is exactly as it should be: attentive but unobtrusive. Either The Mermaid is employing staff who are already well trained or someone has worked hard on training here. Elsewhere in the establishment, too, the same friendliness and helpfulness is evident. At one point, the youngest member of our party needed changing and reception staff, when asked where the job could be carried out, swiftly made one of the hotel bedrooms available for the purpose.

There are several areas where coffee may be taken. Ours was served in a small sitting room, which we had to ourselves. Those of us drinking black filter coffee had a large jug from which to replenish and there was a plate of very good chocolate truffles and other petits fours which made a delicious finish to a very good meal.

We have to drive about 50 miles to get to The Mermaid and we plan to carry on doing so. We shall be there for lunch in four days time and again in September. If you decide to go there you will eat and drink very well in thoroughly charming surroundings, served by friendly, attentive and competent staff and you should not come away feeling that you have been seen off by a bunch of accountants interested only in the profit margins. Buon appetito!

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