Michelin Pub Guide

Michelin Pub Guide Fittingly located at the bottom of Mermaid street, The Ship Inn dates back to 1592 when it was used as a warehouse for impounding smuggled goods.  This is a place that proves that smart surroundings aren’t a pre-requisite for good Read More →

Alistair Sawdays

Alistair Sawdays The 16th-century smuggler’s warehouse stands by the quay at the bottom of cobbled Mermaid Street. Climb the church tower for stunning coast and marsh views, then retreat to the laid-back warmth of the Ship’s rustic bars. Cosy nooks, ancient timbers, Read More →

Good Pub Guide

Good Pub Guide Informal and prettily set old inn with a relaxed atmosphere, straightforward furnishings, local ales, and often inventive food. There’s an easy-going atmosphere and a friendly welcome from the pleasant staff in this 16th-c pub. The ground floor is all opened Read More →

The Good Hotel Guide

The Good Hotel Guide Quaint and quirky, Karen Northcote’s town-centre pub with cosy rooms above was built in 1592 as a warehouse to store contraband seized from smugglers. It has old beams, wooden floors and eclectic decoration. Breakfast has extensive choice, with bread from Read More →

The Telegraph

The Telegraph Flowers, newspapers, baggy leather sofas, stone-and-wood floors, lots of space, laid-back reggae music. Those are your first impressions on walking into The Ship pub at Rye. Next you take in the wide range of possible places to sit: formal restaurant Read More →

Guardian Summer Pubs

Guardian Summer Pubs A close relation to London’s Engineer, this is one of the newer ventures in Rye, bringing a blast of modern seaside chic to the cinque port. Situated at the bottom of the town on the salty Rother estuary, it has Read More →

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"Absolutely fabulous" - we've had a truly wonderful stay here at The Ship Inn! Wonderful decor, great taste. Breakfast perfect. We'll come again!

- Emily

Very nice, friendly and a good breakfast. Thanks.

- Rob

This place was perfect. Lovely pub, rooms quite chi-chi, breakfast excellent - menus, signage, welcome note, smacks of thought and planning.

- Jen

+: staff, atmosphere, style of room, DVD's & Wifi, etc... -: could do with a bit more furniture in room

- Matt

Love love love it!!! spotlessly clean. Charmingly quirky. Please wall mount TV so it can be watched in bed!!! Many thanks.

- Alyson

Private Hire

The Ship is available to hire for weddings, birthdays, house parties... Click here for more details...