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Mermaid Street Cafe

#3 of 5 Dessert in Rye
Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
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The Strand, Rye TN31 7DB, England
+44 1797 222128
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London, United Kingdom
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24 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 March 2017

Lovely little cafe, which turned out to be bigger inside than we thought! But we nabbed a table on the pavement and enjoyed a great crab sandwich in the sunshine. Service was prompt and friendly, the facilities were good and clean. It was reasonably priced and a great spot. They also do some great Movenpick ice-cream to take away in... More 

Thank the_hearty_eater
Ashford, United Kingdom
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156 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 93 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 December 2016

I really can't understand those few bad reviews. We popped in, on a Saturday, the place was full, and little left on the menu. Clearly a popular place. However the lovely lady told us what was available so we chose to have a Brie and cranberry sandwich. It was delicious, great thick slices of cheese, masses of salad and a... More 

Thank shamwo
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45 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 November 2016

love the quirky set up and decor, delightful and friendly service, and scrumptious home made little specialities that set it apart from the competition...

Thank Catherine L
Bexhill-on-Sea, United Kingdom
2 reviews
Reviewed 7 November 2016 via mobile

My wife and I stumbled upon this cafe by chance this weekend which proved quite the happy accident! We enjoyed some of the locally made cakes and some really excellent coffee. The music was lovely and the staff were cheery, quick and attentive.

Thank hollandg89
Kent, United Kingdom
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12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 November 2016

We stopped into this little gem for lunch and discovered how it feels to be truly looked after! -The staff were very helpful and efficient. -The food was home cooked, fresh and delightful.(loved the soup!) -The coffee was top quality and hit the spot. This cafe is in a great spot to sit and watch at the world go by... More 

Thank Wazhere1
Rye, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 31 October 2016

Had to wait ages, being ignored by staff. Whilst waiting to be served at the counter, other customers were coming in to complain about the poor service as well. Finally I was served but by a member of staff who obviously had no clue what she was doing. The whole experience was a let down right from the start, which... More 

1 Thank addz1980
United Kingdom
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 26 October 2016

The woman behind the counter ignored me for 5 minutes then barely grunted 'no' at me when I asked if they were still serving sandwiches at 2.45. So walked out and found a lovely place opposite for late lunch.

1 Thank PhilAdelphia16
Hastings, United Kingdom
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79 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 October 2016 via mobile

Just a lovely little place for coffee, cake, light lunch. Interesting decor. Friendly server. Reasonable prices.

Thank MarciaBrown
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 1 October 2016 via mobile

My wife & I stopped here while exploring Rye and had really nice coffee and the best citrus drizzle cake ever. Even better was the really helpful lady who served us who gave really insightful advice on restaurants, pubs, bars etc. Having followed her advice she was spot on - thank you!

Thank Fluff58
Gloucestershire, United Kingdom
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26 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 September 2016

We stopped here for lunch and what a pleasure. The cafe itself is quite small but everything about it great - that is the service and the food. A lot of what they sell is home made and here you can get the best scotch eggs on the planet! But beware - they sell out of scotch eggs early as... More 

Thank Michael H

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 5 - USD 18
Cafe, British, Soups
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Highchairs Available, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Seating, Delivery, Waitstaff
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: The Strand, Rye TN31 7DB, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  East Sussex  >  Rye
  • Phone Number: +44 1797 222128
The Mermaid Street Cafe is nestled beneath the Old Borough Arms at the foot of Mermaid Street and the building dates back to 1720.
Now a cafe with a contemporary feel serving delicious home-made breakfasts, soups, sandwiches and salads, and famous for our amazing scotch eggs. We offer inside and outside seating as well as take-away and have some great cakes and Ice cream too.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?