The Pilgrims Rest

£2450 - £3900 for Venue Hire
Up to 60
Exclusive Use
Wedding Licence
COVID-19 Update
With our doors being temporarily closed we have enlisted the help of The Virtual Tour Company to create a tour of The Pilgrims Rest so that you can get a better idea of the space, and what we offer, from the comfort of your own home. Please include in your enquiry whether you would like to book a 3d Virtual Tour and a time that best suits you. Once booked in, we will send you an invitation to your appointment and then you can settle down with a cup of tea while we show you around our beautiful venue.
An intimate 600 year old Wealden Hall House in the heart of East Sussex. We offer exclusive use, no corkage charge and the flexibility and choice to create a wedding - just how you want it.
Pricing & Costs

Venue Hire Only

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Features & Capacity


Venue Type
Wealden Hall house
Dining Capacity
Reception Capacity
Usual Access Time
08:00 AM
Usual Finish Time
12:00 PM

Food and Drink

External Catering Permitted
Alcohol Licence
No Corkage Charge for Own Alcohol


Open Flame Permitted
Grade I/II Listed Building
Exclusive Use
Bridal Changing Facilities
Outdoor Reception Space
In-House Wedding Coordinator

Ceremony & Reception

Church Within Walking Distance
Wedding Licence
Confetti Permitted
Full Description
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, it is a 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. 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 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 absolutely 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 a part of her history. Open days: Sunday 22nd March Saturday 25th April

Personal Message from the Manager

Name of Wedding Contact: Amy
Hello, I am Amy. I love working at The Pilgrims Rest as we are a small, happy team. The venue is stunning and full of incredible architectural features and love how flexible it is. It is such a joy to meet so many creative and interesting couples. They all put their own spin on the venue whether great or small. Every wedding is so different which makes my job great fun. I look forward to meeting you!


Year Business Was Established
No. of Weddings Hosted
More than 50
Public Liability Insurance
No. of People In Team
Lauren Luten
Married in August 2019
August 2019
The Perfect Venue
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
Nick & Teresa
Wedding: November 2018
November 2018
What a beautiful venue!
Went to a wedding here 23rd November. My husband was the Best Man. What a beautiful venue. A fabulous Tudor building which has all original features. It lends itself to such an intimate occasion. What can I say about the staff.........amazing. From the owner Becka to the 2 Amy's, to all the staff. You all went above and beyond to help create the most amazing day for Nick and Teresa. I thank you all from the bottom of my heart. I would give this venue a 10 out of 10...... More if I could.
Wedding: July 2019
December 2016
The venue is cosy and the decor is full of charm
I celebrated my birthday in this charming venue. It was amazing! The venue is cosy and the decor is full of rustic charm. The flexibility of DIY vendors was very appealing. I had a memorable day from start to finish, just as I imagined. Both Amy's bent over backwards to ensure everything went well. From initial contact to my celebration was smooth- thanks to these lovely ladies. They looked after all the fine details that made my day truly special. The memories will linger forever. Pilgrims rest is a lovely and beautiful venue!
Emma and Ivan
Married in February 2020
December 2016
Thank you so so much!
Thank you so so much for making our wedding day so amazing and special. It was absolutely perfect, you and your whole team worked so hard all day/evening. We are sad its all over!
Jo & Ollie
Married in October 2019
December 2016
The building itself is simply beautiful
What do we recommend about The Pilgrims Rest? EVERYTHING! The building itself is simply beautiful and the provided decorations help to reduce costs on venue stylists etc and they are always complementary to the season. The DIY element helps you to have the wedding you want, not what you’re told you have to have. Choosing your own suppliers adds to the fun and unique personalisation too. The no corkage charge is also obviously a huge help! We would also recommend going over to France and the Calais Wine Superstore - we got all our wedding wine for 100 guests at under £200 and they tasted great too. The two dressing rooms are beautiful and provide great space for getting ready with your nearest and dearest (and also are amazing backdrops for photos)! The dining room feels like something out of Hogwarts (when my fiancé said that to me I was sold from our first visit). I personally feel the venue lends itself to an autumnal cosy or Christmassy vibe due to the fires, but I’m also sure it’s just as suited to any time of year wedding. Lastly, the Amy’s. We love them. Everyone loved them. They truly went above and beyond to ensure everything went to plan. Nothing was too much trouble. We are beyond happy to have had our wedding at The Pilgrims Rest, it helped us to have a wedding day beyond our expectations and like no other we’ve ever been to. We actually wished we were guests at our own wedding. Possibly the best review I can give is... I’ve been dreaming (and secretly planning) our wedding day for the past 13 years. When we got engaged and actual allowed planning went into full swing, we saw the venue online and had to have a look. After our first visit, we looked no further. We knew it would be perfect. It was. Only thing is, we may have to unfollow you now on all social media as we feel sad seeing other people have fun there now ours is all over! Thank you for everything, Mr and Mrs Allpress
Jack & Gianlucca
Married in August 2018
December 2016
We will be forever grateful
Hi Amy, Just wanted to thank you so much for the best day of our lives, without you it wouldn't have been possible or half as magical. We will be forever grateful. You made our day perfect.

The Pilgrims Rest Wedding Open Day

1st February 2020
At The Pilgrims Rest we hold wedding open evenings and open days throughout the year to allow couples to come and have a look round this stunning venue! Call 07552873448 to book an appointment.
Location & Contact Details


1 High Street, Battle, East Sussex, TN33 0AE

Travel Notes

We are right next to Battle Abbey behind the pretty rose garden - you can't miss us! There are plenty of hotels and B&Bs within walking distance of the venue - some with parking. The train station is about a 10 minute walk away which goes from Charing Cross and Tunbridge Wells in one direction and Hastings in the other. East Sussex has no motorways which is what makes it particularly beautiful. Take the A21 from the M25, go straight on and you will arrive in Battle. Turn left at the roundabout with King Harold's sculpture and when you see the gate house of Battle Abbey turn right. We are right next to it.

Nearest Town


Nearest Motorway & Junction


Nearest Train Station

Battle Train Station

Nearest Airport


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Describe the best wedding that happened at your venue?

All our weddings are so different which is what we love about our venue. By being so flexible couples are able to have their wedding just how they want it and really enjoy themselves on the day.

What is your No. 1 wedding planning tip for couples?

Keep the guest list small and of people who matter to you.

What’s your favourite personal touch you’ve seen at a wedding?

It would definitely have to be one of our bride's dog walking her up the aisle.

Describe your venue in 5 adjectives.

The, Best, Venue, In, Sussex!

Where’s the best photo spot at your venue?

The window overlooking The Abbey in the Bryant Bridal Room has wonderful light and beautiful old windows. With such an amazing historic building there are lots of great backdrops for photographs from old sandstone walls to stunning panelling.

Have you had any celebrity guest or wedding at your venue?

Yes, but that would be telling!

What’s your favourite canapé?

An old timer - devils on horseback

What’s your favourite midnight treat?

Chocolate of any type

What is your venue's most unique feature?

The vaulted Great Hall for the ceremony and then dancing with its inglenook fireplace.

What part of your business are you most proud of?

It is hard to pick one part. Our team are incredible and nothing is ever too much trouble and the building itself is extraordinary. We are very lucky to have both.
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