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L William The Conqueror is a family-friendly pub on the banks of the River Rother. Situated in bustling Rye Harbour, it is the perfect place to while away some time watching the world go by. The harbour is home to a Nature Reserve and is a Site of Special Scientific Interest so there is plenty of wildlife to spot. As the Pub name suggests, the area is famous for being the site of the Norman invasion, and there are countless references locally for history fans. The pub is popular for its Real Ales and has featured in the Good Pub Guide. The new and improved Menu features dishes from around the world, with emphasis on locally sourced Fish and Mediterranean Specialities. Dogs are welcome!
PRICE RANGE
£8 - £30
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
CUISINES
Bar, British, Pub, Gastropub
FEATURES
Outdoor Seating, Highchairs Available, Reservations, Seating, Parking Available, Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Free off-street parking, Wine and Beer, Dog Friendly, Family style, Non-smoking restaurants, Gift Cards Available
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Lovely location, terrible, careless cooking which left me ill. How can they get it this wrong? Undefrosted food. Bad chips. Badly cut vegetables. And not even cheap. They apologised . Lots of smiles. I couldn't accept a replacement as I was already feeling queazy after...20 minutes. Avoid eating there.More

Date of visit: April 2024
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Reviewed 8 April 2024

Nice comfy pub in rye Harbour, dog friendly, serves Greek dishes mainly, we only had nibbles and starters but was nice and fresh with a nice range of beers on tap and friendly staff

Date of visit: April 2024
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Reviewed 1 April 2024

Popped in for a light lunch after a long walk. The food arrived quickly, and was faultless. Really enjoyed the sharing platter, and the kids fish and chips was excellent. Top marks!

Date of visit: April 2024
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Reviewed 1 April 2024 via mobile

I honestly can’t believe the good food reviews. This is the second (and last) time we’ve eaten here. The food, yet again, was pretty awful. This time we had the Greek Mini Meze Sharing Platter. The only thing remotely edible was the pitta bread. It...really was atrocious. The fish and chips wasn’t great but edible (just about). The chips were not nice at all. Last time we visited I had a salad that was inedible (I literally left the whole thing). The service was good it’s just the “terrible quality” of the food. NEVER AGAIN……More

Date of visit: April 2024
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Reviewed 31 March 2024

Had a lovely Easter lunch with all the family which included 4 young children. We were made so welcome. Food was amazing with a great choice. Service was outstanding, our lovely server was absolutely great and we didn’t see her without a smile on her...face once! Definitely worth a visit if you’re in the area!! We will certainly return.More

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed 17 February 2024 via mobile

I love this place, wonderful location,fantastic food and great service. Unpretentious, friendly and simple menu done we'll.

Date of visit: November 2023
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Greg Conner, General Manager at William The Conqueror, responded to this reviewResponded 19 February 2024

Hello FarAway Thank You for a great review on the William the Conqueror, I am very please you had a great visit.

Reviewed 10 February 2024

We went in for dinner but I decided I hadn’t liked the dinner in there the day before so opted for just chips and a dip and I wasn’t even given a plate! I should have said something but I was so disappointed, this was...to celebrate our anniversary! Very disappointed. Lovely staff though.More

Date of visit: February 2024
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Greg Conner, General Manager at William The Conqueror, responded to this reviewResponded 12 February 2024

Hello Jeanie Thank You for your review and I'm pleased to hear that our staff were lovely. I'm very sorry to hear that you did not like your menu choice on the previous visit, This is very unusual for customers who are dinning with us....More

Reviewed 28 January 2024

My very first visit and wow what a hidden gem .such friendly welcoming staff the food was fantastic and great value .10 out of 10 and i cant wait to visit again

Date of visit: January 2024
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Greg Conner, General Manager at William The Conqueror, responded to this reviewResponded 5 February 2024

Hello Debbie Thank You for such a lovely review. I'm so pleased you received the service and quality we strive for at the William The Conqueror.

Reviewed 26 January 2024

Used to love this place the food was lovely however I went there this week and it was disgusting and over priced im still gutted I went there and wasted £40 it was supposed to be a treat

Date of visit: January 2024
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Greg Conner, General Manager at William The Conqueror, responded to this reviewResponded 5 February 2024

Hello Discover40547153429 I'm really sorry hear about your experience, I can assure you this is not a normal guest experience we strive for at the William The Conqueror. Please get in touch with me so i can discuss this further. gregconnerksmpubs@outlook.com

Reviewed 22 January 2024 via mobile

Fantastic food well priced lovely service gorgeous pub comfy and welcoming a true gem Greek style menu with alternatives and desserts even had a solid chocolate spoon xxx

Date of visit: January 2024
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Greg Conner, General Manager at William The Conqueror, responded to this reviewResponded 5 February 2024

Hello Fiona Thank You for a lovely review. Our chocolate spoon are a must have your right. See you again soon.

Reviewed 30 December 2023

80th meal for mum. main dishes - chicken souvlaki was disappointing over dry chicken [to long under heat lamp maybe) served on soggy wet pita - not nice. Fish batter was seriously over greasy with the fish & chips. Service was not good at all,...waitress disappeared not helpful, lovely location let down by waiting staff & poor food.More

Date of visit: July 2023
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Greg Conner, General Manager at William The Conqueror, responded to this reviewResponded 4 January 2024

Hello, Bill I am very disappointed to hear about your experience, Please know this is not the standards we have at The William The Conqueror as you can see by our reviews. Please can you contact me on gregconnerksmpubs@outlook.com so i receive more information of...More

Reviewed 25 October 2023 via mobile

Booked last minute on the way to camber. Literally plugged ‘pubs camber’ into google maps and this seemed to have good reviews. So we called and booked a table. It was great! Lovely staff. Lovely pub food. Great atmosphere. Glad we booked as even on...a Wednesday afternoon it was busy. Would return.More

Date of visit: October 2023
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Maria Smallwood, General Manager at William The Conqueror, responded to this reviewResponded 31 October 2023

Hello Tatiana, so glad you enjoyed your visit at our pub. Thank you for your review and comments. See you again soon.

Reviewed 5 October 2023

A cosy pub with a limited menu (we had decent burgers, excellent fish and chips and a terrible warm chicken salad - whem mentioning that there was a plateful of leaves with a smattering of small pieces of chicken, we were told 'thats how it...comes'). So, come here for a decent beer, a large suntrap of a garden, great fish and chips, substantial burgers but simply terrible salad).More

Date of visit: October 2023
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Greg Conner, General Manager at William The Conqueror, responded to this reviewResponded 4 January 2024

Hello T9248BDdavidb Thank You for a lovely review on the William the Conqueror, I'm sorry that as it sounds we let ourselves down on The Warm Chicken salad. I can promise you that this is not the correct stands and will be looked into. Looking...More

Reviewed 5 October 2023

Brilliant Beers, and fine location would recommend for the location and a Fab pint. Reluctant to order any food as the outside pic-nic tables had dog ends galore under your feet and discarded sauce sachets that had been around for some time ! Not conducive...environment for alfresco dining !More

Date of visit: October 2023
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Greg Conner, General Manager at William The Conqueror, responded to this reviewResponded 4 January 2024

Hello SCOTTIE82_13 Thank You for a great review on the Beers and location. I'm sorry to hear the outside let the Pub down, I will make sure that this doesn't happen again.

Reviewed 19 September 2023

We went to this pub because we got told there was music the music was brilliant but the drinks and service was fabulous.we come again next August bank holiday if u have more music.

Date of visit: August 2023
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Maria Smallwood, General Manager at William The Conqueror, responded to this reviewResponded 21 September 2023

Hello Kelly, glad you enjoyed the jazz festival day at our pub, hope to see you again soon

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William The Conqueror is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 3.5