Hotel transformed into village tea rooms

Priory Court Hotel in Pevensy is undergoing renovation by its new owners prior to re-opening. October 9th 2013 E41521P
Priory Court Hotel in Pevensy is undergoing renovation by its new owners prior to re-opening. October 9th 2013 E41521P

A centuries-old building in Pevensey is set to re-open its doors as tea rooms.

Extensive building work is underway to get the Priory Court Hotel ready for its opening in early December and Pete Laughton, who bought the business in April 2012, is looking forward to welcoming villagers and people from further afield to the venue.

He and his partner Vicky Manners decided to take over the running of the hotel when they came to the coast to show their children where they used to go with their family as youngsters. Noticing it was closed they made enquiries and decided to embark on a new venture. The tea rooms will be run by Vicky’s mother Liz Terry and her business partner Lindsay Woods. The business will also provide a large and small function room for events such as wedding receptions and conferences and in April/May accommodation will be available.

The hotel has been closed for some years and the Herald reported back in 2010 how it had been stripped bare of furniture and residents were unaware of its future.

Mr Laughton, who has already had a booking for a function in November, said, “We want to work alongside the pubs here and complement each other. One of the lovely things is it’s steeped in history. We’re feeling very positive about it.”

For more information about future bookings and enquiries email: info@ thepriorycourthotel.com