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The Ship Inn

Strand Quay The Strand, Rye TN31 7DB England
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#17 of 39 B&Bs / Inns in Rye
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.
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Strand Quay The Strand, Rye TN31 7DB England
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David W wrote a review 06 Sep
Norwich, United Kingdom21 contributions4 helpful votes
We very much concur with other 5 star reviews. Staff team are fantastic especially a mention for Sharon and Max whom made our stay so enjoyable. Our experience was very much different from those that complained. Where to start. We arrived early on a Sat am and staff were very friendly. Looked after our bags while we explored Rye until check-in. We hadn’t pre-booked dinner but because we were guests they booked dinner for us at 5.30 pm. The food was great. Fresh oysters, scallops and lamb. The pub is owned by the Balfour Winery and we tried their white and rose tasters. Lovely. The breakfast is the best we have experienced. Especially the full vegetarian English breakfast and the cappuccino. The room was ideal with the huge bath and plenty of hot water. Don’t like wardrobes so wall pegs with hangers perfect. Unfortunately the Sky TV was missing the remote (can’t trust hotel guests) and a replacement couldn’t be sort over the weekend.
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Date of stay: September 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
46windy wrote a review Aug 2021
15 contributions12 helpful votes
Stopped here for lunch and had the battered fish with chips. Was lovely and the fish was freshly cooked and good quality. Not greasy at all. Service was good and we were squeezed in without a booking. Overall, worth the price paid of £14 each. Would definitely revisit.
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Date of stay: August 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: To guarantee a table would advise booking.
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Lee R wrote a review Aug 2021
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Stayed 2 nights in a tiny room not big enough to fit a wardrobe in so pegs on the walls to hang clothes. You need a good sense of humour for breakfast as we waited 45 minutes for it to arrive and then it was cold and burnt. The restaurant was only about a third full for breakfast so no excuse for being over run with diners. Apparently only one person was working in the kitchen as if that’s a reasonable excuse. Management seemed unbothered by the poor service. Come to Rye but I wouldn’t stay here.
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Date of stay: August 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: Check out the size of room your getting. We couldn’t pass each other unless one went in the...
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DazTaff wrote a review Aug 2021
London, United Kingdom67 contributions51 helpful votes
What a lovely find. We had an absolutely wonderful meal, served by a really smashing friendly team (who were as welcoming to our little dog as they were to us) in this delightful 15th century pub. Wholeheartedly recommend it!
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Date of stay: August 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Bob wrote a review Aug 2021
Orpington, United Kingdom3 contributions2 helpful votes
Possibly one of the worst meals l have ever had. The fish chowder had no fish in it . Purely potato, onion and fish stock. The devilled whitebait not even served with any garnish or a lemon wedge. The fish and chips were totally inedible. The batter was over cooked on the outside but not cooked at all on the inside, the so called triple cooked chips were cold and the mushy peas looked as though they had been sitting around for ages. Ended up Just paying for the drinks we had and went to find another establishment for lunch. The wines locally sourced are limited to purely one grower-supplier and consequently being English wines are expensive. Definitely a place to avoid .
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Date of stay: August 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Frequently Asked Questions about The Ship Inn
Which popular attractions are close to The Ship Inn?
Nearby attractions include The Storymaster's Tales Interactive Theatre (0.07 km), St. Mary's Parish Church (0.2 km), and Kino Rye (0.2 km).
What are some restaurants close to The Ship Inn?
Conveniently located restaurants include Rye Waterworks Micropub, The Grapevine Champagne & Piano Lounge, and The Fig.
Is The Ship Inn located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.7 km away from the centre of Rye.
Are pets allowed at The Ship Inn?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Are there any historical sites close to The Ship Inn?
Many travellers enjoy visiting St. Mary's Parish Church (0.2 km), Mermaid Street (0.08 km), and Lamb House (0.2 km).