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Mermaid Cafe

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2 Rock-a-Nore Road, Hastings TN34 3DW, England
+44 1424 438100
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Reading, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Not yer ordinary Fish 'n' Chips, this. This is reet proper, pukka seaside food, a good notch above the norm. The service is very very efficient. Nice clean and crispy batter, good choice of fish, chippychips and lashings of tea in mugs.

Thank cluetrainee
Surrey, England
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120 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Went to Hastings for the day and just fancied a quick breakfast snack, thought we would try this place. It was tight seating inside, hate to see it busy. We only had two Teas, mushrooms on toast and a bacon 'n' egg sandwich. Cheap bread, naff mushrooms, small egg, one slice of bacon. However a good strong mug of tea... More 

Thank CRose8
Greater London, United Kingdom
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124 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

We were at Hastings for the day, and when at the Coast, you have to have Fish & Chips ! This time we tried the Mermaid Café. The sizes were Medium / Large / Double. Fortunately, we ordered Medium. When it came up, there were 2 pieces of Fish, with Chips on the plate. I also had Bread & Butter,... More 

Thank Roger97544
Eastbourne, United Kingdom
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18 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Looking for somewhere to have breakfast on a late Sunday morning. Was going to go to Eat@ the Stade, but couldn't park nearby, so decided to park down Rock-a-Nore Road. Found a spot directly outside the café and with a load of bikers sitting out front, it caught our eye. We went in and ordered their Standard breakfast, with a... More 

Thank Ellathegerman
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19 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

On the half a dozen or so occasions that I have visited Hastings I have always enjoyed fantastic fresh from the sea fish and chips at the Mermaid. It's always been worth walking past so many other places,to eat here. Fish and chips at The Mermaid has always been the highlight of a visit to Hastings. Today was the first... More 

Thank Chris C
Basingstoke, United Kingdom
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42 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Brought take away fish and chips here to eat on the beach. cost about £8 for a portion. Was enough to feed myself and my 5 year old. Tasty. Quite expensive and quite average.

Thank Louise F
Vienna, Austria
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 16 April 2017 via mobile

We went for lunch at the Mermaid Cafe, following a recommendation in our travel guide. Naturally, as tourists, we opted for the Fish and Chips, but were very disappointed, as the dish was completely different from what our guide had promised. It was way too fatty and the fries and peas had obviously been frozen. The fish was tasteless and... More 

Thank tonitess
Sevenoaks, United Kingdom
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24 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 April 2017

First we saw the 5 hygiene rating and that this was the busiest restaurant around, so grabbed a table. we had the medium cod and chips for 3 and they were simply the best that we have ever had. Perfectly crispy batter and chips and firm fish. The other pleasant surprise was coffee in a mug. No fancy frills or... More 

Thank Michael F
London, United Kingdom
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54 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 April 2017 via mobile

Myself and my family have been coming to the mermaid for years! We never see the same member of staff twice but service is always great and the cod is the best I've tasted. Would highly recommend this little restaurant, you won't be disappointed 5***

Thank MrsBangsx
Uckfield, United Kingdom
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170 reviews
129 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 March 2017 via mobile

We were in Hastings for a walk along the beach and decided to drop into the Mermaid for fish and chips after the walk. We hadn't been to the Mermaid for a while but can confirm that it's still as good as ever. Can't beat sitting watching a stormy sea from the warmth of the car with probably the best... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$41 - US$41
Cafe, Seafood, British
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available
Good for
Local cuisine, Kids, Child-friendly
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2 Rock-a-Nore Road, Hastings TN34 3DW, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  East Sussex  >  Hastings
  • Phone Number: +44 1424 438100

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