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The Pilgrims Rest

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Starting at £3,200
2 to 90 Guests

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Starting at £3,200
2 to 90 Guests

The Pilgrims Rest is a 600 hundred year old Wealden Hall House situated in the medieval town of Battle in East Sussex - right in the heart of 1066 country.

With endless features from huge inglenook fireplaces to ancient beams; linenfold doors to oak floors, The Pilgrims Rest is an historic gem. It even has ancient witch’s marks to ward off evil spirits and a secret tunnel that runs beneath the Abbey walls.

​The Pilgrims Rest is stunning backdrop for your wedding filled with rustic charm but without the added expense of venue styling and prop hire. Professionally designed and styled to need little decoration, but one you can add to and make your own, every detail has been carefully considered creating a wedding venue that is beautiful yet relaxed; affordable yet aspirational.

Perfect for small weddings and those a little larger, The Pilgrims Rest has no hidden extras; instead it includes lots of added extras. What's more, there are no corkage charges and no fixed suppliers, giving you the choice to have a DIY wedding, a fully catered wedding or anything in between. The Pilgrims Rest is an exclusive use wedding venue run by our friendly and professional team who will guide you on the run up to, and on the day of, your wedding, ensuring your day runs seamlessly.

The Pilgrims Rest is quite simply a truly magical place to tie the knot. But far more than just a beautiful building; 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 merriment and laughter flooding through her walls. ​

The Pilgrims Rest is perfect for weddings all year round; during the warmer months and when the sun is shining - your guests can flood out into the pretty cottage gardens. And as the evenings start to draw in, stoke up the fires, light the candles, then watch as this grand old lady sparkles into life.

…be a part of her history

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

Frequently Asked Questions

Venue Type:

Exclusive Use
In the Country
Small Hotel
Pub or Restaurant
Unusual Weddings
Historic
Civil Ceremony Licence
Barn
Unique Weddings

Dining Options:

Seated Meal Facilities
Corkage Option
Allows Private Catering
Alcohol Licence
Buffet Meal Facilities
In House Catering

Evening Entertainment:

Dance Floor
Live Band Facilities
Evening Reception Facilities
DJ Facilities

Venue Staff Assistance:

Wedding Coordinator

Other Features:

Confetti Permitted
Changing Room for Guests
Pets Welcome

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    Loksan H. Married on 11/09/2021
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    Lovely venue and great staff

    Incredible property. Staff who go above and beyond. Made us feel very comfortable.
    Only downside is you have to collect your own rubbish and that isn't made clear at the outset.
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    Charlotte W. Married on 01/05/2021
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    Intimate, magical and cosy...perfect for our October wedding!


    Amy-Lou is an absolute gem and was one of the main reasons we chose the venue...her knowledge and support was incredible (especially with a date change!). Waverley & Elle are also great!
    All our guests loved the vibe and we would 100% recommend!
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    Natalie D. Married on 27/11/2021
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    I love this venue!

    This venue is so unique! I have been to many weddings in stately homes but never been anywhere like this before. My wedding guests absolutely loved it and thought it was a hidden gem. The staff at the Pilgrims Rest are some of the loveliest professionals I have worked with. They were so accommodating to us moving our wedding date due to covid and offered so much support in the planning and were incredibly speedy at responding to emails. Thank you Waverley and everyone at the Pilgrims Rest!
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    Graysen W. Married on 28/09/2021
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    Brilliant service and lovely people

    Thank you so much to the team at The Pilgrims Rest. They were so kind, lovely and efficient. We got the day we wanted and they stopped a lot of the worries on the day from becoming too big. Such a wonderful team of professionals helping along the way and on the day itself. Thank you ♥️
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    Cat K. Married on 16/12/2020
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    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!
    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!


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    Alistair Married on 23/12/2019
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    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!
    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.
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    Lyn Married on 07/12/2019
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    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.

    Thank you so much for everything!
    The Baileys xx
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    Gemma Married on 05/12/2019
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    Thank you so much for everything you did for us

    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!
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    Emma Married on 23/11/2019
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    The venue is stunning and was absolutely perfect

    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.
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    Sara Married on 16/11/2019
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    We had a wonderfully memorable day, thank you!

    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!
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    Victoria Married on 31/10/2019
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    Amy and Amy Lou were fantastic

    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
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    Ian Married on 26/10/2019
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    The venue itself is simply stunning

    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.
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    Bryony Married on 12/10/2019
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    Thank you very much for such a wonderful day

    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!
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    David Married on 28/09/2019
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    You guys were brilliant. So thank you both so much

    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!
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    Becky Married on 31/08/2019
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    We couldnt have done it without you!

    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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