Mermaids in Sussex? Spotted in Rye…

The Mermaid Inn, Rye, East Sussex (rebuilt in 1420)

The Mermaid Inn, Rye, East Sussex (rebuilt in 1420)

There are definitely mermaids in Cape Cod (Tom Hanks found one there once) and after some hunting, I’ve found one in Rye…oh, okay, The Mermaid Inn, but it did involve getting wet (a G&T or two). Rye is about an hour and a half from Brighton on a good run…but it’s worth it. The lovely cobbled, windy streets, black and white timber framed buildings with pretty window boxes and front gardens in bloom…sigh. It can easily transport you to another time…which might have included smugglers and pirates, ahoy!

Welcome to Rye

Welcome to Rye

No visit to Rye is complete without a visit to the legendary Mermaid Inn. It was full of tourists and locals alike. It was all slightly chaotic on a warm Friday evening, but if you went with the right attitude it didn’t matter. I had the pleasure of sharing my past Mermaid Inn experiences with my fellow mermaid companion…including the fact that it was the place about twenty years ago that I was introduced to my winter tipple de  jour…the whisky mac (drunk in a warm fuzz by their enormous fire place). If you’re passing go…if you aren’t passing, put it on your ‘to do’ list. I can also seriously recommend the lobster at The George for dinner…the meal choice of every mermaid aficionado.

Cobbled path leading to the stables (or car park) at the Mermaid Inn

Cobbled path leading to the stables (or car park) at the Mermaid Inn

Rye...reminds me of Nantucket, USA...extra effort in window displays are very much appreciated

Rye…reminds me of Nantucket, USA…extra effort in window displays are very much appreciated

Another gorgeous window display...white shutters and blue and white china...heaven
Another gorgeous window display…white shutters and blue and white china…heaven
Half a lobster at The George Grill, Rye (seriously out of this world delicious)

Half a lobster at The George Grill, Rye (seriously out of this world delicious)

Where to drink: The Mermaid Inn, Mermaid Street, Rye, East Sussex, TN31 7EY

Where to eat: The George in Rye 98 High Street Rye East Sussex TN31 7JT

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