Where to eat in Rye 🍽 A guide to Rye from a local in Rye

Posted on January 11 2022

Where to eat in Rye 🍽  A guide to Rye from a local in Rye

We moved to Rye in November 2018, relocating both our home and London shop to the centre of Rye. Rye is a beautiful place to visit with cobbled streets and hidden passages which can seem a little bit confusing when you're looking for somewhere to eat! In short, you really can't go wrong with places to eat in Rye with most, if not all, being independently run. You can find everything from the fish 'n' chip classics to fine dining and international dishes.

Use our guide below to help you find the best places to eat in Rye, East Sussex.


1. Burgers and Fish & Chips in Rye

Marino's Fish Bar 📌 37 The Mint, Rye TN31 7EN | Eat-In or Takeaway

Cooked to order these are probably the best and freshest fish n chips you will ever eat! Also gluten free batter options.

tip: order online to avoid the queues during peak summer season:

Order Fish n Chips online from Marino's Rye

The best ever tasting fish n chips from Marino's

Hoof 📌 35 The Mint, Rye TN31 7EN | Eat-In

Serving only the best beef and potatoes that is reared and grown on their own warm. Very delicious gourmet style burgers and sides plus other options including fish, Sunday roast, and vegetarian options.

tip: can get busy in summer so book your table earlier in the day.

Tatner's Street Kitchen 📌 24 Wish Street, Rye TN31 7DA | Eat-In or Takeaway

Delicious burgers and street inspired food using local ingredients. A true taste sensation with chef Kyle’s unique and new take on takeaway staples.

tip: eat in or take out

Delicious burgers, sides and a freak shake at Hoof

2. Modern Style Pub

The Globe 📌 10 Military Rd, Rye TN31 7NX | Eat-In

Tucked away just on the outskirts of the main streets in Rye, The Globe offers a fantastic range of drinks with modern pub style foods.

The George in Rye 📌 198 High St, Rye TN31 7JT | Eat-In

Reopening in 2022

The Standard Inn 📌 The Mint, Rye TN31 7EN | Eat-In

A meeting place in the heart of Rye that is perfect for lunch, dinner and Sunday Roast. Pub staples with a focus on using local ingredients. Can get very busy during the summer season.

tip: The Union on 8 East Street is their sister pub offering contemporary dishes and cocktails 


3. Traditional Style Pub

The Mermaid Inn 📌 Mermaid St, Rye TN31 7EY | Eat-In

One of the best known inns in the World, the Mermaid Inn has it all with beautiful historic charm, excellent service and a wide choice of dining options and quality food.

tip: visit for breakfast, lunch, bar food or dinner.

The Queens Head 📌 19 Landgate, Rye TN31 7LH | Eat-In

A large traditional pub offering a wide choice of pub favourites with a home cooked flair. Located near the historic landgate.

Dinner at the Mermaid Inn


4. Fine Dining

Webbe's at The Fish Cafe 📌 17 Tower St, Rye TN31 7AT | Eat-In

If you love fish then this is the restaurant for you! A vibrant and lively brassiere serving locally caught fish from the surrounding area. Excellent food and service from trained chefs.

Landgate Bistro 📌 5/6 Landgate, Rye TN31 7LH | Eat-In

Located near the historic landgate this award winning restaurant serves up British food with a modern or classic slant. Ranked as the best restaurant in Rye for six consecutive years by The Good Food Guide.


5. International Dishes

Layla Mezze Grill 📌 5 High St, Rye TN31 7JE | Eat-In | Takeaway | Delivery

Authentic Turkish cuisine in the heart of Rye. Fresh and authentic taste.

Thai House 📌 1-2 Tower St, Rye TN31 7AT | Eat-In | Takeaway

Excellent choice of Thai dishes and open late most nights for eat in or take away.

Mahdi Lounge 📌 32-34 Cinque Ports St, Rye TN31 7AN | Eat-In | Takeaway

Recently crowned the best Indian restaurant in East Sussex, expect fresh flavours, excellent service and some gluten free and vegan options.


6. Vegan, Vegetarian in Rye and other Dietry Requirements

There is no stand alone vegetarian or vegan restaurant but almost all restaurants have excellent choices for different diets.


7. Cream Teas in Rye

Cobbles 📌 1 Hylands Yard Off, The Mint, Rye TN31 7EP | Eat-In

Set in the heart of Rye this is everything you would expect from an English Tea Room including own baked scones, cakes and triangle cut sandwiches.

tip: can get busy in the summer so plan a visit earlier in the day to avoid the queues


8. Late night eating in Rye

Some of the above restaurants are open late (until 9pm or 10pm). Anytime after this, head to Rye Grill which shuts around 1am on some nights.

Late-night Pizza from Rye. Pizza and Prosecco 22 Cinque Ports Street


9. Places to eat Lunch in Rye

Most places above are open for lunch including lighter lunch options. You can also try Mermaid Cafe and Sarah’s homemade scotch eggs or The Cornish Bakery for a wide variety of freshly baked goods plus (our regular) The Bakery at 89 for ready made sandwiches, donuts and other pastries to takeaway.

Fresh Crab rolls and homemade quiche from Sarah at Mermaid Street Café


Need more help? Come in and see us for more recommendations 29A High Street, Rye, East Sussex, TN31 7JG.



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