The Ship Inn

Pub with Rooms
5.0 10
5.0 (10)
Free WiFi
Breakfast included
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From hearty breakfasts and splendid Sunday roasts to seafood platters and a wonderful selection of wines, The Ship is an idyllic spot for a family lunch or a catch up with friends.

What makes a stay at The Ship Inn unique?

Located in the heart of the historic East Sussex town of Rye, The Ship dates back to 1592. Originally built as a warehouse to store contraband seized from smugglers, it has certainly had a colourful past, which only adds to the pub’s charm. 


What style cuisine is on offer at The Ship Inn?

Simple, pub classics with a contemporary twist, along with super fresh seafood platters, oysters and more. If you consider yourself a foodie, a trip to The Ship is most definitely in order.

What is the signature dish at The Ship Inn?

Rye Bay oyster and fresh seafood platters are always on offer, and always change depending on what the catch of the day is, always worth trying the pan-roasted hake, chorizo crust, Lyonnaise potatoes and rainbow chard.

What are the rooms and facilities on offer at The Ship Inn?

There are 11 boutique hotel rooms, starting from £79 per night, including the Hush Heath Suite which is ideal for families looking to getaway. All of the bedroom rates are inclusive of a full English breakfast to ensure a strong start the day, too. There are some dog-friendly rooms too, so the whole family can get away. 

What can guests enjoy when staying in the Rye area?

The beautiful Camber Sands beach is a 10-minute drive from The Ship, which is located in the heart of Rye. There's also Rye Tennis Club, a whole host of shops and bars in the town as well as the hustle and bustle of Hastings, not too far away. Take a trip to Rye Castle museum, too.


Based on 10 reviews

The Man there while working was singing the songs on the radio and that was feeling so nice, because we all felt so comfortable because it's nice to see the staff having good time while they are looking after you, plus I don't think I had a better burger than that before, it was cooked perfectly, well done outside and pink in the middle so the meat was so 🤤, I was there yesterday with my Girlfriend and I'll go back today.


My partner and I were looking to eat tonight and came across The Ship inn, straight away we were welcomed with a smile by the waitress I think her name was Kia, nothing was to much trouble for her or her colleague, the food was amazing the manager was so friendly too overall the whole experience was 100% will definitely eat there again and stay . Big thank you to the whole team


Me and my fiancé went to the bar and restaurant during our stay in Rye. The layout was excellent, very rustic homely feel to the pub, if you ever reserve to eat here too would highly recommend the fish and chips and Mussels both were so fresh and you get a lot for your money! Staff are friendly and attentive, great choices on local ales, beers and ciders on tap.


The room was large and very well equipped. The restaurant is closed on Sunday evening. We had breakfast. The staff are all very friendly. Our dogs were given treats for breakfast so they give it 5 paws. The breakfast was served with fresh homemade bread and scrambled eggs perfectly cooked. We will look forward to returning.


Amazing staff!!! All were attentive to our needs, particularly Charlie, who served us all night. Everyone serving gave 110% along with exceptional food and wine. We will definitely be back!


Stayed two nights. Welcoming staff. Wewas able to take our kitten which was a bonus. Very clean and comfy. We had two rooms one of which was dated with natural beams. Gorgeous!


Great stay - staff very friendly, room clean with good amenities. Good value for money, and a lovely breakfast. Dinner in the evening was fantastic!


Only had 1 night here but it was a wonderful stay. Big very clean room nicely decorated. Ate downstairs in the pub and the food was excellent.


I had the Best whitebait ever at this place. Also had a fig & goat's cheese starter.... fab. Dessert too was good.

Diedre H
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Facilities & information

Features and facilities

Dog friendly


Breakfast included

Public car parking for a charge (nearby)

No parking

No smoking

Child friendly

Dog/Pet friendly


4 Star Official Rating

Historic property


Free broadband access (wifi)

Outdoor terrace

Children's cots

Bars, Cafes & Other

Near Beach

Linen included

Towels included


Iron/ironing board

Central heating

Open log fire


Continental breakfast (included)

Cooked breakfast (included)

Lunch available (at additional cost)

Dinner available (at additional cost)



Recommended walks

Beach (a short drive)

Golf course (a short drive)

Tennis courts (walking distance)

Recommended restaurants (walking distance)

Recommended restaurants (a short drive)

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Arrival information & directions

Address: The Strand, Rye, East Sussex, RyeTN31 7DB, United Kingdom

Based on The Strand, in Rye, the railway station is about a 10-minute walk from the pub. There is no official car park, but on-street parking and a public car park is accessible and only a moment's walk. 


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