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Giants Fireplace Bar at The Mermaid Inn

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Lunchtime drink

Had a lunchtime birthday drink on a Saturday - bar was packed so sat outside facing car park... read more

Reviewed 21 March 2017
Crowthorne, United Kingdom
Great British History

I came to Rye for the day with a couple good friends on a wet and windy day in December, with the... read more

Reviewed 23 January 2017
George F
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  • Average7%
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  • Terrible4%
14 Sep 2017
“Like stepping back in time!”
21 Aug 2017
“A huge let down”
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Mermaid Street, Rye TN31 7EY, England
+44 1797 223065
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Reviewed 15 September 2017

This is the kind of place I love--Tudor architecture and half timbered walls! I was enthralled and loved sitting in this bar and sipping a couple of drinks. The huge old fireplace is just wonderful. What atmosphere and so authentic. Would love to stay here...More

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Reviewed 21 August 2017

After driving from London with family from Italy who were visiting, we were let down on the day. bar was busy so we asked if we could wait as we were a party of five, after being told a table would only be 10 to...More

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Reviewed 4 July 2017

It was ok but not really special. Can't fault the reception staff as they were great. Breakfast was quite average. The room was again ok but not special. I think they tend to trade on the age of the building but comfort wise it wasn't...More

Thank Rob B
Reviewed 21 March 2017

Had a lunchtime birthday drink on a Saturday - bar was packed so sat outside facing car park ! Could consider a Remington off car park with plants or something as it could be much improved outside of this was done.

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Reviewed 23 January 2017 via mobile

I came to Rye for the day with a couple good friends on a wet and windy day in December, with the goal being a nice walk around a picturesque Old English Town. I wasn't disappointed. Rye is a beautiful little place, tucked away like...More

Thank George F
Reviewed 9 January 2017

Amazing that this bar has been around since 1420 - great fireplace and stories with a poem by Rudyard Kipling outside as well..............

Thank Peteski2016
Reviewed 9 November 2016 via mobile

Ok so it's an old bar, with a nice cosy feel. However, be warned it's very small and becomes packed easily.More

Thank Simon H
Martin B, Guest Relations Manager at Giants Fireplace Bar at The Mermaid Inn, responded to this reviewResponded 10 November 2016

Thank you for your review. The Giants Fireplace Bar contains one of England's largest Inglenook Fireplaces, which can be seen on our website. The building was rebuilt in 1420, and as you say, it is a very popular place for local people and for the...More

Reviewed 2 November 2016

My wife and I spent the day in Rye during half term and as I had stayed at the Mermaid as a child forty years before with my parents I wanted to go there for a lunchtime drink. We were welcomed so warmly by the...More

Thank DavManNorwich
Reviewed 10 October 2016

Been to Rye before but somehow managed to miss going up the cobbled street (Mermaid Street). Managed it this time and found Mermaid Inn about 50 yards up. It really looks the part of a medieval inn so we went in and was amazed to...More

Thank supaken
Reviewed 30 September 2016

Dating back to 1156 this restaurant/bar/Inn is a hot spot even if you only need a beer or two. Sitting in the bar you can imagine the sailers of centuries ago sitting in the same spot drinking and drinking some more. Otherwise nothing special just...More

Thank Jim W
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