The Pilgrims Rest is 600 years old this year. Rather like a ship we refer to our wonderful building as a “She”. Much more than just bricks and mortar (or in her case, sandstone, lathe and plaster), The Pilgrims Rest has a real soul and, although this might sound strange, it is true; you can literally feel if she is happy or sad - as if she is taking on the spirit of her visitors. This is why weddings bring out the very best in this grand old lady and she comes to life when laughter and happiness floods through her walls.
It is true to say that she has seen more than her fair share of life over the centuries - good and bad. Visitors have come and gone, from the original pilgrims to Battle Abbey in the 15th century, right up to brides and grooms in the 21st. She has hosted gatherings from medieval banquets to 1920’s tea dances with tankards of ale and glasses of champagne happily consumed beneath her eaves.
Her doors have been temporarily closed in the last few months but seeing as she was around during the black plague and Spanish flu I doubt this is for the first time. We are just a small part of her history - a chapter - and in centuries to come another custodian of The Pilgrims Rest may well write about the time when COVID-19 meant she had a little rest for a few months.
During this time her gardens have been tended and she has been fluffed and polished. The time for resting is over and although weddings are not yet taking place, couples are still getting engaged and planning their wedding days. Countless weddings this year have been postponed and, with our 3d virtual tours well under way new bookings for 2021 and 2022 are still coming in. It seems that nothing can stand in the way of true love. As they say, “You can’t keep a good man (or woman) down” which seems particularly true of engaged couples.
So, we are waking up our old lady and re-opening her ancient doors for appointments. Come and see for yourself why The Pilgrims Rest is such a unique venue and become another chapter in her history…
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