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The Union, Rye, East Sussex

The Union

4.6
4.6
1051 reviews
£26 to £40
Contemporary British
The Union is a modern British restaurant, cocktail and wine bar set in a beautiful 15th century building in the heart of Rye. Our menu is made up of small and large plates which we recommend sharing across the table. Our team will be on hand to guide you through your visit.

Our food is guided by the seasons and our menu is ingredient led so changes based on what we have available to us. We primarily use British produce and work with local suppliers to ensure we always source the very best ingredients we can get our hands on.

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2 people

19:00


Booked 5 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    £26 to £40
  • Cuisines
    Contemporary British, Modern European, Wine Bar
  • Hours of Operation
    Lunch Mon, Tue, Fri–Sun 12:00 pm–3:00 pm Dinner Daily 5:30 pm–9:00 pm
  • Phone number
    01797 229289
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Smart Casual
  • Executive Chef
    Mariana Cogo
  • Area
    Rye
  • Cross Street
    High Street, Rye
  • Parking Details
    Street parking is available on our road (East Street), as well as anywhere along the High Street (within easy walking distance to us). A 2hr stay costs 80p and parking tickets are available from a machine or via the RingGo app. Parking fares apply Mon-Sun 9am-6pm.
  • Public Transit
    We are situated 5 minutes walk from Rye train station and bus stops servicing the local area.
  • Additional
    Dog Friendly, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Vegan

What 1,051 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

Diners' Choice Awards

  • East Sussex

    Good for business meals

  • East Sussex

    Good for business meals

  • East Sussex

    Healthy

  • East Sussex

    Great for fine wines

  • East Sussex

    Romantic

  • East Sussex

    Good for special occasions

  • East Sussex

    Vegetarian-friendly

  • East Sussex

    Most Booked

1,051 Reviews
  1. Reete

    London

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Loved the food we chose and the service was excellent; it was a Tuesday lunchtime so only one other couple there so we made our own ambience. However, we think the menu needs changing as there wasn’t too much on it that we fancied. I’d like to use more often but the last two visits has not wowed me with the choice of food.

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  2. CarolC

    Surrey

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 21 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Inspirational and exciting cuisine. Sublime raw scallops, and the shared sirloin was superbly cooked, rested and totally delicious. Our best meal of our stay.

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  3. Nico

    London

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 20 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food and service. The fires were on and it was fabulous!

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  4. HelensW

    London

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on 19 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Loved sharing plates plenty of choice, outstanding pork chop. Great English white wine by the glass, Will return

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  5. ClaraD

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent, simple food prepared really well. I brought my boyfriend here for a birthday meal and he really enjoyed it - he said the croquettes were one of the best things he had ever eaten! Great success

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  6. JodyM

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 12 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Had such a wonderful evening here. Food was so delicious, martinis were fantastic, and the service was impeccable. The roaring fire next to my table really capped it off.

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  7. Localbod

    London

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 10 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    A lovely relaxing evening with great food in a great setting, good value overall even though the cauliflower dish was overpriced

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  8. SassyG88

    London

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 8 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    What a superb meal! Beautiful fresh produce cooked with love and care and just so delicious. Small plates that weren’t really small at all - there was plenty to go around our table of 4. The vegetables were particularly tasty. Wonderful service and a seat by the fire … what more could we have asked for?

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Outstanding dinner at The Union! The staff was friendly and knowledgeable- recommended a great wine to accompany our dinner. Will definitely be returning on our next visit to Rye.

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  10. GaryW

    London

    11 reviews

    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on 3 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Enjoyable evening dining experience. Good food and service.

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  11. Charlotte19

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 3 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food and service was outstanding. Lovely sat next to the fire. Would definitely recommend!

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  12. CursoryCheckback

    London

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 February 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Maybe, the day we were in, the kitchen was struggling. A lot of simple stuff went wrong, like things being overcooked or wildly over-spiced or served fridge cold. There are some good ideas here, but there was an obvious gap (in skill, or understanding, or care) between the person who wrote the menu and the person whose job it was to cook it. Fair enough, everywhere has bad days. But at these prices, it's a bit disappointing.

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  13. SuzH

    London

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 2 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We ate here a year ago and were blown away by the quality of the food. On our second visit, it was just as good. Every single dish was absolutely beautiful. This is a seriously good restaurant!

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  14. Markpickle

    Exclusive

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food, friendly staff. Cocktails hit the spot and the wine list was good too. £24 for a grilled and filleted Mackerel seems a bit high but, honestly, it tasted great.

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  15. mazz

    London

    28 reviews

    2.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on 2 February 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The most pretentious meal I have had in quite some time.

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  16. Dotty22

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 30 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This restaurant was amazing from start to finish😍 the service was outstanding and the food was amazing as well!! Love the menu idea around having a meal to share so you can mix and match😍😍 100% recommend!! Can’t wait to return👏🏻

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  17. boxtwenty

    London

    61 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    61 reviews

    Dined on 27 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had an outstanding dinner for two at the Union – a warm and friendly service team, a clean and welcoming environment, a very tempting totally fresh menu and absolutely blinding food. The special on the night was a seabass for two to share and it was simply delicious. Great sides, beautiful desserts, lovely wine and pretty deadly and delightful cocktails. Thanks so much.

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  18. RozzyP

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 27 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything was perfect at The Union. From the greeting and overall service, to the food to the wine, and not forgetting the lovely space and ambiance. The shared starters were all delicious, different but not pretentiously so, and good portion sizes. The sea bass special was cooked to perfection and the other mains equally yummy. Now we get to the tarte tatin - there are no words other than maybe heavenly and gorgeous. Go!

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  19. Diokee

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    One of the best meals we have ever had! Food amazing, staff super friendly and atmosphere was relaxed but still felt special. This is a must go to!!

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  20. BrittanyN

    London

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 20 January 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    This was a nice restaurant, everything we ordered was cooked well but the menu wasn't the best IMO. It felt as though there were main dishes and the small plates were more like sides rather than small plates. Plus there were actual sides on the menu also. That being said everything was cooked well and really tasty. They offer your table for 1.5hrs for dinner for two people which I think is too short if you're having three courses. We were moved to another space to finish our dessert but it was cold and out the back. Something to be mindful of when visiting.

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  21. NigelG

    Isles of Scilly

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Excellent. We went there on a quiet night (Thursday in mid January) but were made to feel extremely welcome. Nothing was too much trouble. The food was excellent. If you are in Rye and need somewhere for an evening meal, The Union is definitely the place to go

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  22. Lisa

    London

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 18 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Really enjoyed the sharing food - oysters, parfait, mackerel & butterscotch tart; everything was excellent, including the very friendly staff. Will definitely be back!

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  23. PedroML

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 7 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Brilliant experience overall. Fantastic food, excellent service, friendly staff, local produce and innovative dishes. Do recommend!

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  24. LunchtimeLegend

    London

    19 reviews

    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on 6 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    A return visit, and didn’t disappoint. Satisfying mix of starters and mains. Great flavour combinations throughout. Particularly enjoyed the oysters with horseradish samphire and caviar, and beetroot, apple and spiced cashews. The hot dishes: mussels and bavette were cooked to perfection. Pudding of chocolate cremeux with hazelnuts and sea salt delivered a wonderful finishing punch. Wines by the glass were good, but perhaps a couple of additional choices?

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  25. AnimeshB

    East Sussex

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 5 January 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    The Union is nice well located restuarant. We were seated to one side next to the fireplace which we enjoyed.

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  26. JanetS

    East Sussex

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Most enjoyable lunch in delightful surrounding great staff and the food sublime will definitely be going back again

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  27. ChrisJ

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 31 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Service very good not rushed even though it was New Year’s Eve, food excellent good calm atmosphere we use restaurants in Rye quite a bit as we have a property there & this is definitely on our best list of 3 others

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  28. peterd

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 29 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Good atmosphere and good setting with comfortable seats and tables. The food was excellent and the service was very friendly. The staff also welcomed our dachshund. Would go to The Union again - next time in Rye.

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  29. SeymourM

    East Sussex

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 December 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    Amazing food, service was good though not the most relaxed. Ambience was fine, nice open fire. I’d go there again, memorable food beautifully made

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  30. Sunley

    Devon

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 26 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious food and fantastic service! Would defo come back when in Rye

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  31. Cashmere5

    London

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 24 December 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    A lovely place to spend a quiet relaxing evening with family on a Christmas Eve. Thank you thank the wonderful staff who looked after us extremely well. Merry Christmas 🎄

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  32. AndrewM

    East Sussex

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Friendly service without encroaching. The ambience was excellent with a warming log fire and the background noise levels enabled comfortable conversation. The meal commenced with excellent cocktails, the food quality extremely high (moules are to die for). Good wines and coffee completed and excellent meal. Highly recommended.

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  33. Phil

    London

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 19 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Excellent, really tasty food, great service and a lovely meal.

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  34. Janina

    London

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 18 December 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Lovely venue, great staff, expensive wine- sharing dishes fairly small but tasty

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  35. KatherineJ

    West Sussex

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 18 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fabulous dinner last night. Beautiful.food and well mixed cocktails. Super service, all round a tremendous evening.

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  36. PeterM

    London

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 16 December 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 1
    Positioning of our table was uncomfortable - seating plan rather poor. Waiter was friendly but was unhelpful with drink order. Food was okay, but combinations and flavour didn’t work.

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  37. MichaelJ

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 16 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Consistently good - our go-to restaurant in Rye, with a good selection of vegetarian options as part of the menu, which is surprisingly rare in Rye.

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  38. GavinD

    West Sussex

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Superb food, not waiting long, all enjoyed their meal good for special occasions

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  39. Badrabbit

    London

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on 8 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Absolutely delicious food, lovely staff and gorgeous, cosy decor. We had a fantastic evening.

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  40. SimonI

    Manchester

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent menu, with some very interesting options for all tastes, able to easily accommodate someone with a gluten free diet. Wine was very expensive in comparison to other restaurants in rye.

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Contactless payment available
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

The Union is rated 4.6 stars by 1051 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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2 people

19:00


Booked 5 times today
Google Map for The Union

8 East Street, Rye, East Sussex TN31 7JY

Additional information

  • Cross Street
    High Street, Rye
  • Area
    Rye
  • Hours of Operation
    Lunch Mon, Tue, Fri–Sun 12:00 pm–3:00 pm Dinner Daily 5:30 pm–9:00 pm
  • Price
    £26 to £40
  • Cuisines
    Contemporary British, Modern European, Wine Bar
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress Code
    Smart Casual
  • Parking Details
    Street parking is available on our road (East Street), as well as anywhere along the High Street (within easy walking distance to us). A 2hr stay costs 80p and parking tickets are available from a machine or via the RingGo app. Parking fares apply Mon-Sun 9am-6pm.
  • Public Transit
    We are situated 5 minutes walk from Rye train station and bus stops servicing the local area.
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive Chef
    Mariana Cogo
  • Additional
    Dog Friendly, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Vegan
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