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