The Pilgrims Rest

(52 reviews) 52 5
1 High Street Battle East Sussex TN33 0AE
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About The Pilgrims Rest

1 High Street, Battle
East Sussex, TN33 0AE

The Pilgrims Rest is an East Sussex wedding venue full of rustic charm - perfect for exclusive use weddings and receptions all year round.

Licensed for wedding and civil ceremonies, The Pilgrims Rest is a wedding venue that gives 
you the flexibility to create your wedding day just how you want it. Whether you choose to have a DIY wedding, a fully caterered wedding or anything in-between our wedding coordinator will be there on the day to hold your hand and ensure your wedding runs seamlessly.  

We have designed and furnished the building so that it needs little decoration but one that you can make your own. With no corkage charges and no hidden extras, The Pilgrims Rest is a wedding venue that is beautiful yet affordable; stunning yet relaxed.

The Pilgrims Rest is however more than just a beautiful old building. Having opened her doors to visitors and pilgrims to Sussex since C1420, this grand old lady has historic soul. She has hosted celebrations from medieval banquets to Georgian balls, Victorian luncheons to Edwardian tea dances. Over the centuries flagons of ale, goblets of wine and flutes of champagne have been consumed beneath her eaves to the sounds of ladies’ chattering and gentlemen's laughter flooding through her walls. 

All three reception rooms boast inglenook fireplaces. With endless historic features from ancient beams to linenfold doors, witch’s marks to ward off evil spirits and a secret tunnel hidden under the Great Hall fireplace that runs beneath the Abbey walls.

At The Pilgrims Rest, we are always looking to help our couples have a wonderful wedding day and keep their costs down, so with this in mind we are lucky to offer two dressing rooms for grooms & brides; both designed to be the perfect backdrop for your pre wedding photos. Rich, cosy and quintessentially British, we abolutely love it and so do photographers.

The Pilgrims Rest is a truly unique Sussex wedding venue. When the sun is shining your guests can flood out into the beautiful tended rose and walled gardens. As the evenings draw in, stoke up the fires, light some candles then watch as she sparkles into life. 


The Pilgrims Rest...be a part of her history.


Upcoming Wedding Open Days:

Sunday 22nd March 2020 - 10am until 4pm

Saturday 25th April 2020 - 10am until 4pm

Please contact the team to discuss your requirements. Viewings are by appointment only.

• Historic licensed venue • Choice of DIY or fully catered weddings • Three working Inglenook fireplaces and candlelight • A truly unique wedding venue that is beautiful yet affordable; aspirational yet relaxed • Fitzherbert & Bryant dressing rooms for brides and grooms • Professional wedding co-ordinator

Facilities at The Pilgrims Rest

Venue Type :
Civil Ceremony Licence
Exclusive Use
In the Country
Barn
Historic
Evening Entertainment :
Evening Reception Facilities
Dance Floor
Live Band Facilities
DJ Facilities
Venue Staff Assistance :
Wedding Coordinator
Dining Options :
Seated Meal Facilities
Buffet Meal Facilities
In House Catering
Allows Private Catering
Alcohol Licence
Corkage Option
Capacity :
Less than 30 guests
30 to 50 guests
50 to 75 guests
75 to 100 guests
Other Features :
Confetti Permitted
Changing Room for Guests
Pets Welcome

The Pilgrims Rest Reviews (52)

The two dressing rooms are beautifully decorated
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By Alistair & Mark, on 09 Mar 2020Date of Wedding - 23 Dec 2019

We held our Wedding at The Pilgrims Rest on 23rd December. We were looking for a smaller, intimate venue for our wedding and this was the first place we looked at and instantly fell in love with it! It’s just perfect! Beautifully decorated throughout - other than us adding additional flowers to the dinning table - it was ready to go, including fur throws, candles, seasonal flowers and decorations... it was everything we wanted and more! The two dressing rooms are beautifully decorated and were ideal for us both getting ready together - yet separately - at either end of the building - ideal for photos too! The two Amy’s went out of their way to make us feel relaxed and couldn’t do more for us on the day. Being able to stock our own bar and get our own caterer meant we were able to keep the costs down and have our day exactly as we wanted. An ideal venue for photo opportunities as it’s packed full of character and adjacent to Battle Abbey. We couldn’t recommend it more!!!!! Thanks for your good wishes. We had a wonderful time on Saturday and so many people commented on how lovely the venue was. Thanks also to you and to Amy Lou for all your help, both in the run up to the wedding and on the day.

Thank you so much for everything!
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By Lyn & Steve, on 09 Mar 2020Date of Wedding - 07 Dec 2019

We couldn't recommend the Pilgrims Rest highly enough and will treasure the memories we have made there for the rest of our lives. Thank you so much for everything! The Baileys xx

Thank you so much for everything you did for us
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By Gemma & Andy, on 09 Mar 2020Date of Wedding - 05 Dec 2019

Thank you so much for everything you did for us - on the day, and for the 20 months before with all the prep! I will leave a proper review once I'm back on my feet, and it will be glowing!

The venue is stunning and was absolutely perfect
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By Emma & Stuart, on 09 Mar 2020Date of Wedding - 23 Nov 2019

We held our wedding at the Pilgrims Rest on 23rd November and it was a truly magical day. The venue is stunning and was absolutely perfect for our intimate day with family and our closest friends, all of whom commented on how beautiful and perfect the surroundings were. Originally, before we even knew about the Pilgrims, we were due to get married at a different venue but the property was sold to new owners and they cancelled our wedding with just 3 months to go ??. We were completely lost as to what to do next but then stumbled upon The Pilgrims and completely fell in love with it - we were so lucky it was available on our date too! In hindsight, this was by far the more superior setting for our special day so we're now actually grateful that the last venue cancelled on us!! One of the best things about the Pilgrims are Amy and Amy Lou, for sure. From the moment we got in touch (in a panic!!), they made us feel calm, really looked after and that genuinely nothing was too much trouble. We were made to feel so special and supported which considering the amount of weddings they must help to organise, made it all the more impressive to us. They both went out of their way to make whatever we wanted to happen on our special day possible and for that we will be forever grateful.

We had a wonderfully memorable day, thank you!
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By Sara & Neil, on 09 Mar 2020Date of Wedding - 16 Nov 2019

We celebrated our wedding at The Pilgrim's Rest in November this year. Not only is the venue wonderful and one of a kind (all of our guests commented on how beautiful and unique the space was) but the staff at the Pilgrim's Rest help make your day brilliant. Amy, Amy Lou and Anita were really helpful, have loads of experience and had solutions for every situation. The philosophy of the venue is wonderful as well - you can tailor the event to you as much as you'd like, with your choice of caterers, celebrants, decorations, bands etc. No obligation to choose from a list of vendors, but Amy and Amy Lou will provide you with recommendations of vendors to make life easier if you'd like. We had a wonderfully memorable day, thank you!

Amy and Amy Lou were fantastic
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By Victoria & Tom, on 09 Mar 2020Date of Wedding - 31 Oct 2019

We recently got married at The Pilgrim's Rest. We planned it in five months. From the moment we walked in on the open day we knew that it was for us. Amy and Amy-Lou were fantastic in helping us organise everything in the run up and we couldn't have asked for a more attentive duo setting up the day before and on the day itself. From liaising with our caterers and helping me get ready when I needed another pair of hands and lots of other things that they did backstage that I didn't see. The decor was great and we were able to play our evening music on a blue tooth speaker for the evening. If you like quaint buildings in beautiful surroundings then this is the place to be. Thank you all xx

The venue itself is simply stunning
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By Ian & Elaine, on 09 Mar 2020Date of Wedding - 26 Oct 2019

Our wedding took place at The Pilgrim's Rest recently and it really was a magical day. We actually booked the venue almost two years earlier and have made several visits to the venue to discuss options, plan things etc. On every occasion we were met with friendliness professionalism and enthusiasm. Becs, Amy and Amy-Lou are fantastic to work with and genuinely care about what they do. The venue itself is simply stunning and a truly magical place. Thank you all so much for making our special day so wonderful.

Thank you very much for such a wonderful day
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By Bryony & George, on 09 Mar 2020Date of Wedding - 12 Oct 2019

We cannot thank you enough for all your kindness and support... Thank you very much for such a wonderful day we had such a great time and we think without you both through the process and especially on the day it would not have so amazing. You guys were brilliant. So thank you both so much!

You guys were brilliant. So thank you both so much
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By David & Chloe, on 09 Mar 2020Date of Wedding - 28 Sep 2019

Thank you very much for such a wonderful day we had such a great time and we think without you both through the process and especially on the day it would not have so amazing. You guys were brilliant. So thank you both so much!

We couldnt have done it without you!
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By Becky & Andrew, on 09 Mar 2020Date of Wedding - 31 Aug 2019

Thank you so much to both you and Amy-Lou for your continued support throughout the planning/ running of the wedding, we couldn’t have done it without you! You both did such a great job, having the two of you to help us really made things a lot easier.


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By Lauren & Leks, on 23 Aug 2019Date of Wedding - 17 Aug 2019

We got married here in August and I can't recommend the venue and the girls enough. Amy and Amy-Lou were such a pleasure to work with and made the planning process so easy. They have a list of suppliers ready to help guide you in the right direction. I would recommend (Dean) Kestrel Events for the DJ. The venue is beautiful and needs minimal additional decorations, which meant we were able to add our own little personal finishing touches. Both girls dealt with my million emails and calls and constantly guided me through the whole process start to the hangover the next day. I would 100% recommend The Pilgrims Rest for any wedding. There are no words I can say that can thank the girls enough. It was perfect. ?The Lutens xx

The Perfect Venue
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By Lauren Luten, on 23 Aug 2019Date of Wedding - 17 Aug 2019

We got married here in August and I can't recommend the venue and the girls enough. Amy and Amy-Lou were such a pleasure to work with and made the planning process so easy. The venue is beautiful and needs minimal additional decorations, which meant we were able to add our own little personal finishing touches. Both girls dealt with my million emails and calls and constantly guided me through the whole process start to the hangover the next day. I would 100% recommend The Pilgrims Rest for any wedding. There are no words I can say that can thank the girls enough. It was perfect. The Lutens

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