Saturday, January 25

Priory Court Hotel and Restaurant, Pevensey: Steeped in history


Priory Court Hotel and Restaurant
Castle Road, Pevensey BN24 5LG
01323 763150


Steeped in history, the 17th Century Priory Court Hotel is nestled by the stunning and ancient Pevensey Castle in the heart of Pevensey Village.

The hotel offers luxurious accommodation, elegant function rooms, traditional English tea rooms and extensive gardens which together with our bespoke catering, creates a unique ambience for your special occasion. We provide a flexible and bespoke service that is excellent value for money. Our function rooms are ideal for private parties and celebrations through to hosting private dinners, business seminars, networking events and funeral receptions.

history buffs
SOURCE PRIORY COURT HOTEL: The Priory Court has been a hotel for nearly 100 years and the oldest parts of the building with its oak beams date back to the mid 1700s. Once called Harold’s Lodge it has an interesting past with varying uses over the past 300 years.

In the early 1800s as Harold’s Lodge it was a large market garden with green houses stretching back to the north of the current buildings. In the mid to late 1800s the hotel was bought by the local vicar as an investment as he apparently believed the that vicarage to be substandard. Local history books record that he succeeded in his investment and sold the building to the church as the new vicarage for Pevensey in the late 1800s. Apparently the church then paid for extensive recommendations to the building. Unfortunately Church records for this time of very limited so it’s unclear as to what these renovations entailed.

It is known however that ‘Harold’s lodge’ was subsequently sold at an auction in the village in 1918 for the princely sum of £1500. In the auction catalogue it was listed as a six bedroom house, four-bedroom cottage and stable block.

It is believed that at this time ‘Harold’s Lodge’ became the Priory Court Hotel and subsequently saw many successful years as a hotel. However more recently the hotel fell on hard times and ceased trading approximately eight years ago. The hotel then sat empty for nearly 5 years during which time it was broken into several times by metal thieves who destroyed much of the interior and the hotel fell into a bad state of disrepair.

in the press
PEVENSEY BAY JOURNAL: PRIORY COURT HOTEL: This is where the great Pevensey regeneration story began
trip advisor
Very good lunch venue. Had lunch there for 40 people. Very good food, attentive staff and very good value. If you like gin……..
Had a wonderful meal at Priory Court Hotel today. The food was outstanding and the staff very friendly and attentive. Great service, would highly recommend this hotel/restaurant

Priory Court Hotel, Pevensey: Food Hygiene Rating of 5: Last inspection 17 January 2018. This rating means that the business was seen as very good. Businesses who score between 0 and 15 will receive a 5, which reflects the excellent standards they maintain in their premises. All businesses should aim to attain and retain a 5 food hygiene rating.

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