After a day’s adventure at the Battle Abbey and Battlefield, I was excited to stop at Pilgrim’s Rest for a refreshing cider. I thought I would do a short post on this cool venue so you can be sure and visit if you ever find yourself in Battle. I saw the Wealden Hall style building as I was headed to the entrance of Battle Abbey (It is directly across the street.) and knew I had to investigate after I had thoroughly pranced around the battlefield. I just love timbered houses, as you can see by my adventures to Sandwich and Rye.
Pilgrim’s Rest dates back to the 1300’s, and was rebuilt in the 1400’s. The building served as a Maison Dieu, a place where pilgrims could stay for free during their travels. Pilgrim’s Rest retains much of it’s original features. Along with the huge log beams protruding from the ceilings, you can also find Tudor paintings and old etchings carved into the wood to keep away evil spirits. Very cool place for a cup of coffee.
Since it was a beautiful day, my family and I sat outside in the nice patio area. We sampled some Biddenden Kentish cider as well as some freshly baked bread and local cheeses. Everything was delicious.
Pilgrim’s Place would be a terrific choice in the colder months, but their garden is beautiful as well. It was well stocked with lavender and other bumble bee and butterfly loving flowers. An overall great atmosphere.
It is not everyday you can sit for a drink at a 600 year old establishment. The prices are reasonable, and the location is perfect for post-exploring drinks or nibbles.