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.
53 Reviews for The Pilgrims Rest
Recommended by 100% of couples
Cat Kadoo · Married on 16/12/2020
Such a wonderful venue
The Pilgrims Rest is such a beautiful venue. Every time I visited it felt so cosy and just like I was walking in to a friend’s house!Sent on 15/01/2021
The ladies at the Pilgrims Rest are first class at what they do! The service we received from Amy-Lou throughout, and including on our wedding day, was outstanding. We had a couple of date changes and Amy-Lou could not have been more accommodating, reassuring, and flexible, just what we needed!
Hiring the Pilgrims Rest was a great option for us, as it is dry hire, we were able to hire all the suppliers we wanted and have just the day we had imagined!
Due to the pandemic our wedding day was a lot smaller than initially planned, however this suited the venue so well! It did not feel like we were missing out and if anything, I think it helped massively in making the decision to go ahead with a 15 person wedding.
For anyone looking for an intimate and cosy wedding venue, I would not hesitate to recommend the Pilgrims Rest!
Alistair & Mark · Married on 23/12/2019
The two dressing rooms are beautifully decorated
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!Sent on 09/03/2020
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.
Lyn & Steve · Married on 07/12/2019
Thank you so much for everything!
We couldn't recommend the Pilgrims Rest highly enough and will treasure the memories we have made there for the rest of our lives.Sent on 09/03/2020
Thank you so much for everything!
The Baileys xx
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