BIANCA & GUS - JUNE 2023
where do I start? all the people and recommended suppliers I've come to know really well the last 9 months before the wedding have become my friends for life! I could not have asked for a more perfect wedding! our friends were buzzing about how kind and sweet Amy and Waverly are.
I will never forget my wedding date 10th June 2023, just wish we got pictures with you guys too! i will always remember our wedding with so much tenderness and joy as i think of everyone who made it perfect down to picking up the cans on the ground!
Choose this venue! do not hesitate! bring a few guests get some flowers and remember all you need in life is LOVE! thank you Pilgrims Rest!
LAURA & ANNIKA - DECEMBER 2022
What a magical little gem!
We was due to get married at Cooling Castle in December 2024 and then we came across the pilgrims rest. From our initial call on a Sunday morning to enquire about viewing we were greeted by a happy and helpful voice who turned out to be Amy ! We were then surprised that on the same afternoon they had a open day so drove in from London to be utterly surprised and so happy we had made the trip!
From stepping into this beautiful historic rustic building we instantly fell in love! The smell , the decor , the original beauty and the overall feeling felt magical and so intimate that we knew it was for us!
We were greeted by Amy and Waverley who couldn’t be more helpful or lovelier at showing off all the amazing venue has to offer! We felt listened too and they made us feel so welcome and spent the afternoon laughing and smiling about what was to come.
Throughout our journey and up to the day the whole team were attentive , helpful and so happy to always go the extra mile to ensure we were relaxed and had everything to hand.
They emailed and called us with little reminders ( but not too much ) which was perfect especially as there is lots to arrange with a 12 week wedding schedule! Thank you again for the gentle reminders you are awesome.
We took the bells and whistle package which meant we were able to go in the day before to set up.
All the staff came out to the car and helped us unload our packed car and then ensured everything was set up beautifully and they took their time despite us still being there near close time - it was so helpful and warming and hugely appreciated and will not be forgotten .
Our wedding was the most magical and beautiful day set in the snow - the pilgrims rest was stunning and the inside was so enchanting with all the fires and lighting!
Absolutely fantastic venue with the staff to match who ensured our day went smoothly and we honestly had the most fantastic day we could have dreamed of!
All our guests have all commented so highly on such a beautiful venue and the atmosphere that was created by the pilgrims rest staff all day long!
The pilgrims rest will always hold a very special place in our hearts!
We would recommend this to anyone looking for a beautiful venue full of charm.
Thank you Amy, Waverley and rest of the pilgrims rest team you honestly are all awesome and make this venue even more perfect.
Laura & Annika 17-12-2022 xXx
MONICA & TERRY - aUGUST 2022
We finally got married here August 2022 - Honestly, there are not enough amazing words to describe the Pilgrims rest, a beyond beautiful venue with an absolutely stellar team!!
So many of our friends and family commented on what a stunning venue we had chosen and how it was such a lovely day.
We were one of the very first wedding bookings for the Pilgrims by Amy-Lou, back at the end of 2018. Loving absolutely everything rustic, Tudor and heavenly, our hearts were set on the Pilgrims rest immediately. We warmed to Amy-Lou and the team instantly and it is evident how dedicated they are to ensuring every Pilgrims couple has their dream, magical day!
Throughout the complete chaos of having to postpone our wedding three times & four dates later, Amy Lou was more of a friend, supporting us - listening to us, empathising and weighing up our options. We had heard of so many truly awful experiences other couples had gone through during the pandemic - thoroughly affecting their wedding plans, but the team at the Pilgrims rest always made us feel at the absolute heart of everything, keeping us informed - especially Amy-Lou, giving her time for lengthy, supportive chats!
From the set up, to the day itself Amy-Lou, Waverley and the girls helped out and rallied round like nothing was too much trouble at all. You really do feel special and we would have thought after 4 years of having us on their books, they would've grown bored of us - but not a sign of this at all!! We had the most amazing, truly magical day - that had evolved and become a much more intimate and special occasion. We couldn't have chosen a more charming, beautiful place - with such a lovely, kind and caring group of ladies! Thank you again Amy-Lou, Waverley and the entire team xxx
Hollie & andrew - october 2022
We fell in love with The Pilgrims Rest at first sight, we went to visit the venue and by the evening we had booked our wedding.
It completely fitted our autumnal vibe and our wedding day was everything I’ve ever dreamed of. The staff were amazing and so so helpful, I couldn’t fault a single thing. The decor that the Pilgrims Rest provide is stunning and you really don’t need to do anything, we were soo happy with how everything looked and our guests keep saying how beautiful the venue was.
We want to do it all again!
Thankyou to everyone at The Pilgrims Rest xxx
megan & jack - october 2022
A* for the AMAZING Pilgrims Rest. We recently had the pleasure of hosting our Wedding at this amazing venue. The team, the building, the location - everything is top class.
Starting off back in late 2020, my partner and I enquired with The Pilgrims Rest about our wedding and Amy-Lou quickly responded. We organised a zoom call and virtual tour of the venue and we instantly knew it was the one.
Due to the pandemic, we weren’t able to secure a registrar for our chosen date until around February, however, Amy-Lou kept noting that there was no pressure to put a deposit down and no urgency to sign the contract until we had secured the registrar. We were honestly blown away by Amy-Lou’s patience in such uncertain times. We finally were able to visit the venue and meet Amy-Lou in the April of 2021, Amy-Lou and the team were so welcoming and helpful giving us a full tour of the building which was just as amazing as in the virtual tour.
The suppliers list provided by the Pilgrim’s Rest team was incredibly helpful, all of the other suppliers we used were recommended by the team and spoken so highly of that we had no doubts. Throughout the entire process the whole team were so quick to get back to us with answers to all of our weird queries and were so good at calming our nerves on the lead up to our day, also providing us with a full final checklist making us aware of things that hadn’t even crossed our minds.
When it got to the day before our wedding day, we were given the afternoon to set up the venue and upon arrival we were welcomed by Amy-Lou who didn’t just open the door but also was very hands on with the set up and pre planning of the wedding days organisation. All of the seasonal decorations are beautiful and were already in place for us to use and to add our personal touch to.
Amy-Lou and the team were so keen and attentive to anything that was being moved or brought out later on after the ceremony, which really helped us on the day and everything just fell into place.
The day was amazing, all of our guests were incredibly complimentary of the venue and all staff involved. We cannot believe how lucky we are to have found somewhere like the Pilgrim’s Rest. We are so jealous of every couple that comes across this beautiful venue and get to experience their day here and with this amazing team, as we wish we could do it all over again.
Thank you so much to you all at the Pilgrim’s Rest
Lucy and adam - September 2022
We got married here on 24th Sept '22. It was everything we dreamed of and more! This venue is unbelievably special. So many people commented on what a gem it is and how much they loved our wedding.
The Pilgrims Rest team made the planning process run super smoothly and were always willing to help and do whatever they can, which we were very appreciative of.
I had the full capacity of guests and I was worried that during the evening party, the venue would feel cramped. It didn't - AT ALL!! Believe me, you can still have all your guests dance the night away.
The most brilliant thing about Pilgrims Rest is the flexibility when it comes to suppliers. You can have whoever you want as your caterer, florist etc (with the help of their 'tried and tested' list if you need) - which is hard to find elsewhere. The team really do want you to have your perfect day - however that may look to you.
The day after the wedding, the team had basically packed up everything for us - so it meant we didn't even have to do a lot with our rough heads!
Cannot thank you enough Waverley and the rest of the team - you are amazing!
JIMMY and Jaymi-JULY 2022
Amazing team! Best day ever!
We had the most magical day here for our wedding last month! The girls are all wonderful and we felt at home right from our first visit! All of our untraditional requests were accommodated with ease and meant our day was so much personal to us! Our guests have been talking about it ever since! Thank you!!
HOLLY AND STEVE -MAY 2022
My husband and I cannot recommend this venue enough. Waverley, Amy-Lou and Rachel - we thank you so much. The venue is absolutely stunning and our guests still talk about it. It was perfect for the intimate and rustic wedding that we truly wanted and we had a fantastic party in the evening!! The staff were so attentive, accommodating and professional from our very first viewing to the wedding day. We felt as though we were in safe hands the entire time. I hope I have the pleasure of being a guest next time I’m at this precious gem of a venue.
ILSA & WARREN - APRIL 2023
It's hard to articulate just how special The Pilgrims Rest is as a wedding venue. It has the most wonderful welcoming atmosphere and quaint charm; much of its warmth however comes from the fabulous team who could not do more to help every wedding couple contribute their own chapter to the history of this magical place. We couldn't have asked for a better day, and thank you for memories that we will cherish forever.
tracey & ian - december 2022
We got married in December at The Pilgrims Rest and couldn't recommend this venue and it's staff highly enough. From our very first viewing up to and including clearing up the morning after they really couldn't do more. Helpful, friendly advice, care and attention to detail, they make you feel so special and nothing is too much trouble. On top of A* service you have a stunning venue, what more could you want. A special mention to Waverley who thoroughly deserves this review. Thank you so much.
katie and dan - december 2022
We got married on 3rd December and had the best day. The Pilgrims Rest was our dream venue, and we had so many compliments from our guests. The building is stunning and unique, and the winter seasonal decorations were perfect. Waverley and Maria were amazing throughout planning and on the day itself. They are so helpful and knowledgeable - thank you!
Emma & stephen - october 2022
Cannot recommend the Pilgrims Rest enough! Booking nearly two years in advance and living so far away, the communication and support from Amy-Lou and Waverley has been amazing.
The day was honestly perfect and the venue is absolutely stunning!
We felt so looked after and everything ran so smoothly.
Cannot thank you all enough for making our day so perfect!
LOUISE AND PAUL - JULY 2022
To Waverley,Amy-lou & Team
Wow,what can we say but thank you! we had the best day of our lives and you all went above and beyond to help make it happen. We're actually going to miss not being here but have such amazing memories. Thank you for helping our vision become a reality.
Paul & Louise ( MR & MRS baker)
SARAH AND ANDY - JUNE 2022
What a gorgeous venue, we had a fabulous day, everything ran smoothly, the building has a wonderful atmosphere, you could feel the history. The 3 ladies made us feel looked after and special. Waverley, and the team were amazing all day and evening and even the next day they helped us with our cake and possessions as we were taking them back to the car. Would thoroughly recommend Pilgrims Rest
LUCY AND KOOS - MAY 2022
We wanted to say a huge thank you to you all at Pilgrims Rest for making our day so special.
The attention to detail, care and support from the whole team was much appreciated. Waverley and co did as promised and seamlessly dealt with everything professionally, thoughtfully and with kindness.
The team made everything come together like clockwork and we barely knew they were. If there were any major issues, aside from Koos standing on my wedding dress (!), they kept it from us allowing us to fully enjoy the celebrations with our family and friends.
Thank you so much.
Kat & matt - may 2022
Where do we start?!
Choosing the Pilgrims Rest for our wedding was easily the best choice we made.
It is a beautiful venue, full of history and character, right next door to Battle Abbey, in an amazing part of the country but the real asset are the staff.
Amy Lou was our first point of contact and a constant source of reassurance and humour. She made us both feel so comfortable and relaxed right from our first email to the day of the wedding.
Waverley was so beautifully organised and helped us shape the day and ensure there was no stress with our suppliers and took away so much pressure in the lead up.
The whole team were so relaxed, supportive, kind, funny and unbelievably accommodating and helpful.
We knew we had chosen a great venue and were working with a fantastic team when every recommended supplier we contacted was genuinely excited and delighted to be back.
I couldn't recommend this gorgeous, quirky, cosy gem of a venue more.
FREDDIE AND JIE -JUNE 2022
The Pilgrims Rest was the perfect wedding venue for us. The staff made the whole planning process stress free and we managed to find most of our suppliers from the venue recommendations. The staff were so attentive during the day and made sure everything ran smoothly. The venue is dog friendly too so our dog was able to be part of our big day. It's the perfect size and is so cosy and beautifully decorated. Thank you Waverley, Amy Lou and team! Jie and Freddie
DARYL AND OLIVIA - JUNE 2022
Fantastic staff helped provide us with our perfect wedding. The venue is beautiful and fitted in perfectly to the aesthetic we wanted. Cannot recommend enough.
DANYEL AND HARRY -MAY 2022
Harry and I wanted to give a huge thanks to everyone in the Pilgrim's Rest team! Everyone was so friendly and helpful, and ultimately made sure we had the perfect day.
LAURA AND MICK - MAY 2022
This venue is unique. Our wedding was like a magical fairy tale. The team were outstanding and made the day seamless and extra special. Harold's hog roast was very fitting for the surroundings, delicious and reasonable. I would 100% recommend this venue for a more memorable wedding. Thanks all we had a truly amazing day!! Xx
Megan & Alex - April 2022
I would like to start by saying a massive thank you for all your support in making our special day run smoothly. The venue was everything we hoped it would be and we all had such a wonderful and unforgettable day! We are truly grateful for all your help - thank you
Hayley & chris - december 2021
I just want to say a massive thank you. Yesterday was absolutely perfect, we couldn’t of wished for a more perfect day.
You guys have been amazing through out and we honestly can’t thank you enough, I just wish we could do it all again. Maybe for a 10th wedding anniversary or something!
natalie & stephen - november 2021
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!
Steph & Jacob - November 2021
We couldn’t recommend The Pilgrims Rest enough. Right from the start of planning the staff were brilliant. Then when the pandemic hit we were given the option of booking in a backup date of our choice, which thankfully we did as that was the date we ended up getting married. The venue is stunning & we fell in love with it straight away. It has lovely decorations but we were still able to put our own stamp on it with the use of our own decorations too.
The staff were very friendly & easy going. On the run up they were there to calm nerves & anxiety over Covid & have suggestions on what we could do if restrictions were put back in place. They also chased up suppliers so we could concentrate on other aspects of the wedding.
On the day Amy-Lou & Waverley were amazing, making everything run smoothly which meant I could relax & thoroughly enjoy myself knowing if there were any hiccups it would be easily dealt with.
We can’t thank you enough for making our day so special!
Charlotte & Alex - October 2021
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 is also great!
All our guests loved the vibe and we would 100% recommend!
gwyn & graysen - september 2021
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 ♥️
Natalie & richard - august 2021
We just wanted to say a massive thank you for everything you did for us in the lead up to our wedding on Monday & for such a wonderful day. We felt so supported at every step of the way and you really helped to make our day even more special than we could have ever imagined...Take care and the best of luck with everything you have coming up. The Pilgrims Rest will forever hold a special place in our lives and it truly is a beautiful venue for such a wonderful moment.
sophie & james - august 2021
We wanted to send an email to say a massive thank you for such an amazing wedding. We had the best day and wouldn't have changed a thing. You and your team were amazing and have been so helpful every step of the way with planning our perfect day. Our guests all commented on how much they loved the venue, it really is something special! What a great day, perfect venue and lovely team at Pilgrims Rest, thank you again.
leonie & alex - august 2021
We wanted to thank you all so much for the most wonderful, special day. From beginning to end the whole process of booking and planning, even amidst all the pandemic madness was a complete pleasure, (thanks in particular to Amy-Lou for your reassuring phone calls and chats 😊) and all your help in every aspect, especially on the day itself, was invaluable.
Our guests were blown away by the venue and couldn’t speak more highly of you all and how the day was run. I’m sure all couples say this, but it was truly the best day of our lives, and it couldn’t have been so perfect without your help.
Claire & nick - june 2021
Had our wedding there finally after two covid postponements and it truly was such a lovely place that has left us with such magical and memorable experience. The lasses who run it are superb and soo helpful and accomodating. Sad that I cannot give it another star!
kirsty & matt - may 2021
We got married at The Pilgrims Rest in May and cannot begin to tell you how completely wonderful they were through the whole planning process! The team supported us through every chance to covid guidance and ensured we had an amazing time on the day. The venue itself is beautiful and is set up perfectly for a relaxed and intimate day. If we could give them more than 5 stars, we would.
jenna & adam - december 2020
We had our wedding in December 2020 at The Pilgrims Rest, and it was just perfect! We had a 15 people micro-wedding, and we wouldn't have had it any other way. Amy-Lou was amazing, kept us informed with all the new covid guidelines and constantly suggested ideas on how best to make the day work! We feel very lucky to have found such a great venue. Highly recommend.
Rachel & will - december 2020
Just wanted to say a huge thank you for last Thursday. Everyone commented on how stunning the venue was. I can’t believe our luck to get in just before Tier 4! Thanks again for all you did to make the day go smoothly.
Waverley & luke - august 2020
The restrictions at the time of our wedding allowed for us to have a very small ceremony and finding a venue that would work for this was incredibly difficult. From the day I first walked into The Pilgrims Rest, I knew I had found our venue.
The Great Hall was the perfect space for our intimate ceremony. It's fully furnished and beautifully decorated which provided us with everything we needed to have a small wedding without it feeling empty.
We were given so much support on the lead up to the wedding by The Amys and Becs and on the day itself Amy made sure everything ran smoothly and calmed me down many many times.
We will forever be grateful for The Amys and Becs and this day will always mean the world to us because of The Pilgrims Rest xxx
ali & mark - december 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.
Gemma & andy - december 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!
emma & stuart - november 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.
elaine & ian - october 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.
bryony & george - october 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!
chloe & david - september 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!
becky & andrew - august 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.
tess & james - august 2019
The most amazing venue for our wedding, will never forget it.
beth & mike - august 2019
We held our wedding ceremony and reception at The Pilgrims Rest on Saturday 10th August. The bride and groom suites were a perfect hideaway for our children when it all got a bit much and were really convenient for getting ready at the venue meaning no fancy cars were required. The venue is beautiful, the seasonal decor offered by the venue meant we had to do very little in terms of finishing touches. Amy and Amy Lou were great hosts. Very helpful and available. Well recommended.
jodie & matt - august 2019
Dear Amy & Amy-Lou, thank you both so much for making our day so special, it’s certainly a day we will treasure for ever. We will be sure to recommend it to anybody in search of a wedding venue that’s for sure, given the feedback from all our guests I am sure they will too!
bukky - july 2019
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!
dani & andy - june 2019
Thank you so much for yesterday. It was all so amazing and you both did so much!
kirsty & chris - may 2019
They are absolutely amazing! Such a beautiful venue and both Amy's are so wonderful and friendly. They made our day go so smoothly. Couldn't have done it without them. So friendly.
victoria & tom - april 2019
Thank you so much for all of your help before/during/after the wedding, you both went above and beyond, and all of the guests were saying how lovely you both were. You are both wonderful :) We couldn’t have done it without you!!!
jo & matthew - april 2019
Our wedding at Pilgrims Rest was just perfect thanks to Amy and Amy-lou who helped and guided the day so it ran smoothly. They made the planning very straight forward and made us feel so special with their enthusiasm and the little extra touches. All our guests said how beautiful the venue was and we would recommend Pilgrims Rest to anyone.
birgit & kev - november 2018
Dear Amy and Amy,
I just wanted to say a huge thank you for helping to make our wedding at Pilgrims Rest the most amazing and happiest day of our our lives. Thank you for looking after our guests and being so helpful, flexible and supportive with everything. Your venue is stunning and we couldn't have chosen a better place for our wedding.
teresa & nick - november 2018
Hi all, Firstly, thank you so much for ensuring that our day was truly memorable. We are more than aware of the work that you did in the background to make sure that everything went smoothly. The venue was perfect in every way and the number of comments from our guests about how magical it is really showed how much care and attention to detail you had put in.
Secondly thank you all for the extra efforts and changes to plans you made to enable us to have the date we wanted. We really appreciate it. I can honestly say that nothing was too much trouble and you made us feel very welcome in your wonderful building. It was lovely to see that you were also caught up in the excitement of the day, and again this made us feel so reassured that you had all bases covered. Your professionalism shone through yet at the same time you were warm, friendly and very genuine, something rare in present times. We hope that your business continues to thrive throughout the years and we will be recommending it to all our friends and family as a perfect place to celebrate. May you all have a fabulous Christmas and New Year, and who knows, our paths may well cross again. Kindest regards and warmest wishes, Teresa and Nick x
amy & tom - august 2018
Dear Amy and Amy. We just wanted to say a very BIG thank you for helping to make Saturday such a wonderful day. You were both tremendous - so helpful, supportive and lovely to work with. Everyone is telling us what a lovely venue Pilgrims Rest is, not just because of the beautiful building but also because of the key part that you two play in making it so special. Thank you so much. All the Furminger and Clarkes x
laura & liam - august 2018
Hey! Thank you so much for having us! We honestly had the best day and you guys were such a huge help, we couldn't have done it without you :) I just wish we could do it all over again.
emma & adam - june 2018
We had our lovely wedding here back in June 2018 and what an absolutely stunning and beautiful venue.
The Pilgrims Rest is a beautifully unique venue and the DIY aspect really enables you to tailor your day to how you want. Amy was so welcoming and nothing was too much trouble. She took onboard our ideas with such enthusiasm and helped us to plan our special day.
The venue we fell in love with instantly. It’s beautiful old character and history really makes for a great backdrop to your photos and the fact you can get ready upstairs in the venue is perfect. I have lots of love for this venue!! Surrounded by the stunning Battle Abbey it really makes for a romantic, historic and beautiful day. Amy was fantastic throughout our day ensuring everything was done to how we wanted and even entertaining the children whilst waiting for the evening entertainment to start!
It’s stunning gardens as well make for lovely social areas in the summer months and picture opportunity’s!
I would 100% recommend this venue. It’s cute, cosy, beautiful in all seasons and just an absolute treasure of a building and we were very lucky and privileged to of found it. Thank you so much Amy and Amy and we wish you loads of luck for the future! Emma & Adam xxxx
rebecca & toby - april 2018
Thank you so much for all your help both in planning our wedding and for everything you did for us on the day, we really appreciate it. The Pilgrims Rest was the perfect location for us and our guests loved it.
zoya & damian - september 2017
Thank you so much for everything! Everyone loved the venue. You have been on board with our vision from day one. We couldn't have asked for a better place to celebrate our union. Amy you're amazing! Lots and lots of love, Zoya & Damian
SOPHIE AND SHANE - APRIL 2022
I have nothing but amazing things to say about The Pilgrims Rest. The staff (especially Amy-Lou who we dealt with from start to finish), were absolutely lovely, accommodating and couldn't have done anything more to support us. We initially booked just before lockdown, and Amy was so great when we had to postpone and making sure we got another day that suited us. They were also so great and helpful with contacting our suppliers to help organise/pull everything together for the big day (which finally took play on 2nd April this year!).
The venue itself is just so magical - the space is intimate, beautiful and has such wonderful personality, near enough all our guests said what a gorgeous space it was! All the beautiful details (flowers, vases, hanging decor etc) you get included in the price (considering it is classed as dry hire), is just the cherry on top of the cake!
If you are wanting a small, intimate wedding, with supportive staff and a gorgeous, gorgeous space - you just HAVE to choose The Pilgrims Rest as your venue. You absolutely will not be disappointed!
Thank you again so much to the Pilgrims Rest team (again, Amy-Lou especially, she's just so lovely!) for helping us with our special day. It was nothing short of perfect!
Sophie and Shane (The Bar-Mars!) xx
annie & callum - February 2022
Oh my goodness what a day!
We are just back from our mini moon and wanted to say a huge thank you for everything on Saturday! We did not plan on getting married in the aftermath of the worst storm in 3 decades with the power out across the country!
However, from the moment we arrived the team did an incredible job of helping us to feel calm about the situation.
From Amy miraculously sourcing a generator incase the power didn't come back on and letting all of our vendors know about the situation, to the actual incredibly smooth running, perfect day that it was!
We are so incredibly grateful, and would recommend you all to ANYONE! Thank you again! xx
RACHEL & GAVIN - December 2021
How do you write a review that does a venue and its team justice when they were beyond what you hoped? The venue itself is beautiful, it's cosy but not cramped and has the flexibility to make it what you want, whether you want to add to what's there or takeaway the lovely extras that come included in the price. This venue also doesn't charge you corkage and you can chose your suppliers (but they have a handy list if you are stuck!) it was perfect for our old fashioned Christmas wedding. The team there is just amazing and turn the venue into an absolutely outstanding setting to get married in! Amy-lou was our main point of contact and regardless of which ever covid situation was happening or when I turned into bridezilla she supported and guided and fixed things like a fairy godmother waving her wand. Amy-lou and the team literally turned their hands to anything and everything to make sure that things ran smoothly, from decorating the cake, to fixing the button holes, to crowd control, to helping decorate a massive Christmas tree, to finding an emergency sewing kit when the button of my dress flew off! If covid had allowed I would have hugged every single team member of that makes the Pilgrims Rest, nothing was too much for them and we cannot thank them enough!
matt & laura - december 2021
Dear Waverley and The Team at Pilgrims.
Thank you so much for orchestrating such a perfect and unforgettable day! My husband and I (!!) are so grateful that you worked so tirelessly to ensure the day ran smoothly. We couldn't of asked for anything more. The venue is so stunning and will forever be in our hearts.
louise & jack - november 2021
The Pilgrims Rest was the first place we went to see on our hunt for a wedding venue and we knew immediately that it was the one for us. Nowhere else compared after that. The whole team are amazing and had everything running so smoothly, we didn't have to worry about a thing. The venue itself is absolutely beautiful and the fact that it comes essentially pre-decorated with lots of beautiful foliage and candles was an added bonus. We would highly recommend!
Mike & jordan - october 2021
We just wanted to message to say a huge thank you for everything you did over the weekend for us, you were all completely fantastic and we feel extremely fortunate to have stumbled across the Pilgrims Rest when looking for a venue! You all did everything to make us feel relaxed and take the stress out of the day and we are very grateful for all of the support you provided over the past few years, and for the wedding itself. We will absolutely be recommending you guys to everyone we know who is getting married, so hopefully we’ll get a chance to return as guests in the future!
ashley & chris - september 2021
My husband and I had our wedding at The Pilgrims Rest in September and we have to say we had an absolutely brilliant day. Not only was The Pilgrims Rest the perfect setting for our small wedding, but Waverley and Amy-Lou helped us all the way along the process and ensured the day went smoothly. A massive thanks to the whole team at Pilgrims!
Rebecca & chris - august 2021
Rebecca and I just wanted to sincerely thank you and your team for the service that you provided at our wedding at the Pilgrim's Rest on the 21st August! It really was our dream venue and we had a fantastic day; thank you so much for being a part of it and helping us to make it everything that we wanted and more!
Mackenzie & paul - august 2021
We both just wanted to say a massive thank you for all your work & support to make our wedding go so smoothly. You were both so attentive & put us at ease throughout the day & evening. Everyone complimented how great the venue was & just had the best time ever.
You've been so accomadating with moving dates as well, which we've very much appreciated.
liz & jon - july 2021
Oh wow…..what a successful, beautiful, fun day each and every one of us had!! I want to thank you and the whole team at The Pilgrims Rest for making the day stress free and so wonderful and just being lovely people! I can’t tell you how many people said “this is the best wedding I’ve been to” :) From both myself and Jon and our families & friends we thank you guys and wish you all the best! Anyone would be lucky to have their wedding there! (Can we do it again???).
Beth & Finn - july 2021
Just a quick note to say a massive thank you to you all for such a wonderful day on Saturday. It seemed to absolutely fly past but we enjoyed absolutely every second of it. We cannot thank you enough for helping everything run smoothly. It was an absolute joy to see everyone enjoying themselves and to have family and friends together that we haven’t seen properly in what feels like forever. The Pilgrims Rest looked absolutely lovely on the day - even my Nan could not get over how ‘Beth’ it is - we certainly made the right decision to chop and change, we can’t have imagined it any other way now.
A massive thank you to you Amy-Lou and Waverley for all your help on the day and prior - it was certainly noted by family how accommodating and helpful you both were on the day. Please also send our thanks to Anita for her help tidying on the Sunday.
sophie & simon - june 2021
This place and team are all truly magical!
We held our wedding at The Pilgrims Rest on the 24th June 2021. We had it booked since 2018 (we may hold the record for their longest booking!), but unfortunately had to postpone it twice, due to restrictions.
We are so glad we chose The Pilgrims Rest as our place of marriage and to celebrate our wedding. We new it was the right place from the start. We were looked after so well by the whole team over the years of planning. They were fantastic at communicating, being supportive, understanding and reassuring.
The place itself just met everything we envisaged for our day. It provides everything you could need, with lots of special touches, whilst allowing you to put your own stamp on the day.
We feel so lucky to be amongst the couples who have chosen to be married here.
We need to find a reason or occassion to book with them again, perhaps a vow renewal in the future!?
Huge thank you from Mr and Mrs Fry (and of course Dorothy and Bump) x
cat & ricky - december 2020
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!
Emma & ivan - february 2020
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!
lyn & steve - december 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
sara & neil - november 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!
michaela & rob - october 2019
Thanks so much to The Pilgrims Rest for hosting our wedding day in Oct 2019. From the moment we walked in the door on our first visit in Jan 2018, we knew it was the venue for us. It was the perfect size for the intimate wedding that we had planned and was so inviting with all the wooden beams, beautiful decor and lovely fireplaces.
We didn't want to book any old venue, we wanted somewhere that had a story to tell and somewhere that would be the perfect background for a cosy autumnal wedding. The Pilgrims Rest was just that. All of our guests kept complimenting our choice of venue and loved the fact that we had chosen something a little bit different that had so much character. The Abbey next door also provides another fantastic backdrop for photographs.
The venue can be dressed up as much as you like. They provide just the right amount of decorations so that you really don't need to buy anything if you don't want to which is a massive plus for keeping costs down. We brought decorations but tried to stick to pieces that really added to the feel of the venue so lots of candles and pumpkins worked a treat!
Last but by certainly no means least, Amy & Amy Lou were absolutely brilliant from start to finish. They were so supportive during the planning process and were always on hand to answer any questions we had etc. Amy helped with decorating the venue the day before (thank you!) and Amy, Amy Lou & Anita really looked after everyone on the day to ensure it all ran so smoothly. We will be eternally grateful for everything that you have done for us and are so glad that we chose The Pilgrims Rest as our venue. Thank you so much, Michaela & Rob Woodley
victoria & tom - october 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
jo & ollie - october 2019
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!
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
lauren & leks - august 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
polina & dan - august 2019
Thank you again for the wishes - we had such a great time at the venue, and I am so happy we ran into it by accident when doing our research all those months ago. The venue looked so beautiful, the arrangements were so flexible, and you guys are so incredibly helpful. We had the best time there on Saturday.
marie & phil - august 2019
We got married at The Pilgrim’s Rest on 20th July 2019 and had an absolutely perfect day. Amy and Amy-Lou are both really lovely and helped everything run smoothly both before and during the wedding. They have great taste and the decor you’ll find included with hiring the venue is beautiful. They also have an excellent set of recommended suppliers who they know well and can give you advice depending on what style of wedding you’re looking for. Practically it’s also a very useful choice of venue with no corkage charges and the option to use additional suppliers who aren’t already on the recommended list. I can’t recommend The Pilgrim’s Rest highly enough!
ameera & chris - june 2019
Thank you so much, we had such an amazing day :)
aleysha & louis - may 2019
We held our wedding at Pilgrims Rest on May 18th 2019. The wedding day was perfect and was made even more special thanks to the venue. Pilgrims Rest is a wonderful wedding venue. It has history, character and charm. The DIY aspect really makes sure that the day is exactly as you imagine. The ability to supply your own alcohol without corkage is a huge benefit.
Both Amy's were fantastic. From our first meetings we had absolute confidence that we were in safe hands. They responded to all questions promptly and met all of our ideas with enthusiasm and made planning a wedding easy. On the day they went above and beyond and made sure that everything ran like clockwork. The Pilgrims Rest has a great selection of approved suppliers, we especially recommend DJ Dean! The Pilgrims Rest is a brilliant venue and very worthy of a 5 star rating! We couldn't have picked a better location for our wedding. We loved every moment.
abby & alison - may 2019
The most perfect wedding venue -The Pilgrims Team was so helpful and made our day exactly what we wanted. Everybody loved it, both inside and out.
suzanne & duncan - april 2019
We had our wedding here this week. It was such an amazing day made more special by the beautiful venue. It was absolutely perfect. From our initial meetings with the two Amy’s we have felt totally confident with everything. Nothing has been too much trouble, we have been given advice, recommendations and reassurance throughout the whole wedding planning process. On the day both Amy’s were so calm and friendly and made sure the whole day ran smoothly and without a hitch. I can honestly say we didn’t have to worry about a thing on the day as it was all dealt with by one of the Amy’s. All of our guests loved the venue and commented on how beautiful it was. We can’t think of anything we would have changed about the day- is a perfect place for a wedding.
beri & jon - december 2018
We loved having our wedding at your venue, it really is a special place - We had so much fun and our entire day was amazing.
jack & gianlucca - august 2018
Got married at the Pilgrims Rest in August. We had the most perfect day imaginable and we couldn’t have done it without the amazing and wonderful Amy and Amy! From the minute we set eyes on the venue, we fell in love. Amy was the most helpful person we could have wished for throughout the entire year leading up to the wedding, nothing was ever too much and she was always on hand to answer questions or give us advice. Our day went perfectly and all our guests were blown away with the magical Pilgrims Rest. I’d go back a year and do it all again if I could. Eternally grateful to you.
carol & justin - august 2018
We had the most amazing wedding here last week. Staff and venue were perfect, and made our dream wedding come true. X
faye & pete - june 2018
We got married at The Pilgrims Rest in June 2018. From our first meeting Amy (and her sidekick 'little Amy') were absolutely brilliant. We wanted a DIY low-key, relaxed day in a beautiful venue and we got everything we could have hoped for and more. They both helped us with so many parts, from helping us find a bartender and staff who helped serving the food (Tres and Pauline they went above and beyond to keep our guests happy), to keeping calm and unwravelling a huge knot of fairy lights the day before when we had ran out of energy.
I would recommend them without a doubt, and all of our guest had a brilliant day. We chose The Pilgrims Rest for its beautiful old building and ambience, but the two Amy's with their unwavering hard work which is carried out with smiles and pure enthusiasm to make others happy made it a day we will remember forever. Thank you so much for all of your help on the day, you were both absolutely brilliant.
mandie & john - july 2018
We were very pleased with how things went. Thanks for your help and support.
jo & matthew - august 2017
Dearest Amy, thank you so much for all your help and support for our wedding! You completely made our day! Just like having a best friend! The Pilgrims Rest is just wonderful, simply magical.Our day wouldn't have been the same without you.
jess & andy - november 2017
Thank you so much for all your help during the planning and on the day, everything went so smoothly and all our guest's commented on what a beautiful venue the Pilgrims is, even in the rain!
stephanie & owen - august 2017
Thank you for a lovely day and for all your hard work cleaning up after us! It was fantastic and you were fantastic...Thank you.
laura & john - july 2017
Hi Amy, thank you for all your help with making our wedding such a special day. We couldn't have done without you.