First wedding of what will be another busy season for Green Fig.
And another of our favourite venues, the wonderful Pilgrims Rest in our home town of Battle. We might be biased as we live just down the road but as a venue it really is unique.
Sitting opposite the imposing Battle Abbey, the Pilgrims Rest has all the charm and character you’d expect of a building 600 years old. A Grade 2 listed property boasting original features, beams and inglenook fireplaces. No other venue can rival the cosiness of Pilgrims Rest if the British weather isn’t playing ball. That being said, the pretty courtyard garden is a delight in summer, and ideal for BBQ’s and al-fresco drinks.
Victoria and Michael live in Kent, but fell in love with the Pilgrims Rest in Battle. It was the perfect size for their 50 or so guests; meaning everyone can stay together rather than feeling lost in a huge marquee or sprawling hotel.
The ceremony took place in the main hall, followed by glasses of Prosecco or pints of real ale from the impressive selection of mini kegs they had set up in the dining room. The front of the building is a perfect back-drop for photos, as is Battle Abbey itself.
What I loved about Victoria and Michael from the off was that they are no-nonsense people. They just wanted friends and family gathered together for great food and drink. Nothing fancy just real good, honest food (and plenty of ale!). The big chunky tables in the dining room lend themselves perfectly to a banquet, sharing style service.
The menu they chose reflected this perfectly – Chicken Legs roasted on Onions & Garlic and Roast Pork Legs with Crackling served with Cranberry Stuffing, Pigs in Blankets and Winter Vegetables of Roast Potatoes, Carrots, Red Cabbage & Beans. Served on rustic boards to the tables it was time for everyone to tuck in. And tuck in they did. In fact it wouldn’t of been out of place for a few legs of meat to be tossed over a shoulder, Henry VIII style.
Obviously the veggies were not expected to devour huge boards of meat, so we made sure they had something fabulous too. Dessert was Sticky Toffee Pudding with a warm Toffee Sauce which is always a winner with everyone.
The meaty theme continued with the evening food in the form of Sausage Baps, and again, the veggies had something a bit more agreeable to them.
A fantastic start to the wedding season for us, and a fantastic start in Victoria and Michael’s married life together; we’re so pleased they enjoyed their big day.