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The Ship Inn
Ranked #16 of 39 Rye B&B and Inns
Reviewed 25 August 2014

Beautiful looking & lovely setting. Downstairs seemed like a traditional inn with a lively atmosphere for Sunday lunch. We were led upstairs, seated on what could only be described as children's chairs at adult tables. We shuffled around while the waitress sourced some chairs that allowed us to reach the table. Upstairs there was no atmosphere & no roast lunches left! After reading the menu several times 4 of us failed to find anything that appealed - it was all beyond quirky & just too strange. We finished our drinks & left.

Stayed: August 2014, travelled with family
Thank Karen S
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Reviewed 24 August 2014

The best bit of the ship are the staff. Super friendly, bubbly and so welcoming. The atmosphere is always lively and the food is yum. Perfect for breakfast too.. French toast with blueberries and maple syrup was a total winner. The playlists are amazing! Best local ever.

  • Stayed: August 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 19 August 2014

Followed a number of reviews, wish had not, service was so slow, 30 mins waiting in a half full pub, for what was an awful sandwich and a salad smothered in dressing, accompanied by the worst fries imaginable, soggy under cooked, Rye has much much better to offer, would never return

Stayed: August 2014, travelled as a couple
Thank Osborne18
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Reviewed 17 August 2014

The Ship Inn has a really great atmosphere and, from the various places we had a drink at in Rye, seems to be the main place to be in the town. It's cute, quaint, warm and friendly. It's also very well located, right at the start of the Old Town. We booked in for a weekend break and got the last available room - a smaller double. It was fairly well appointed for an inn, with ensuite shower with Burt's Bees soaps (I'm a new convert) and TV etc. However, we had two awful nights' sleep. We had a room facing the road (number 50 and so we left the window closed. However, the room was stiflingly hot and the duvet was so thick we had to throw it off. The bed creaked with every movement and the mattress was like marshmallow. The blind was an Ikea cheapie and might as well not have been there - it was bright from sun-up. The next night we left the window open, put in ear plugs and hoped it was be better. But I woke up from a sore back thanks to the too-soft mattress. The breakfasts are generous and tasty. However, our straight-forward full English took 40 minutes to arrive and was cold. We sent it back and it came back 5 minutes later about two degrees warmer. Overall, we loved the character of The Ship Inn but wouldn't stay here again because of the poor sleep quality.

Room Tip: Do not take the smaller double room. Do not take a room facing the main street.
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  • Stayed: August 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 12 August 2014

I ordered "ricotta and parmesan dumplings" for £6.50 - already over-priced for a starter, but they sounded really appealing. However, these were not real dumplings. What arrived was an offensively small portion of salad leaves (looked like a handful out of a supermarket bag) - a tiny portion even for a starter. It had four "dumplings" which were actually some sort of frozen food nugget. There was not even any salad dressing. It looked like it cost under £1 to make.
Whatever happened to decent and reasonably-priced pub food??

Stayed: August 2014, travelled with family
1  Thank JoyM33
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Reviewed 6 August 2014 via mobile

Service was good, food was good, good location, cosy ambience
If youve seen the burger episode of How I Met Your Mother you life will now be the same! You will never have another burger like it

Stayed: August 2014, travelled with friends
Thank Connor P
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Reviewed 29 July 2014

Have just returned from spending a weekend here. Would definitely recommend it! Cosy bar, great breakfast, excellent staff who were both friendly and professional and parking nearby. I will be recommending it to my friends and family! Perfect location also and Rye is beautiful.

Stayed: July 2014, travelled solo
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Additional Information about The Ship Inn

Address: Strand Quay The Strand, Rye TN31 7DB, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > East Sussex > Rye
Hotel Style:
Ranked #16 of 39 B&Bs / Inns in Rye
Price Range: £73 - £124 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — The Ship Inn 3*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Ship is in central Rye, at the bottom of Mermaid Street. Built in 1592, it was originally a warehouse to store contraband seized from smugglers. It is now a characterful pub, with beams, wooden floors & log fires. Open from eleven every day for freshly prepared food, local fish, Bloody Marys, real ales & organic cider. 10 comfy modern rooms (four of which are dog-friendly) - all with en-suite bath or shower. Children, dogs are especially welcome. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
The Ship Hotel Rye
The Ship Inn Rye, East Sussex

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