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

The Priory Court Hotel and Restaurant in Pevensey is to make an inspired menu available to residents and visitors as part of the VE Day 75 Celebrations that are to take place in the locality between 8—10 May.

The VE Day 75 celebrations will mark the moment when the guns fell silent in Europe at the end of the Second World War. The new Bank Holiday weekend is designated by the Government between 8-10 May this year. Winston Churchill on VE Day said “”My dear friends, this is your hour.”

When VE Day dawns on 8 May 2020 it will be 75 years since the guns fell silent at the end of the war in Europe. Years of carnage and destruction had come to an end and millions of people took to the streets and pubs to celebrate peace, mourn their loved – ones and to hope for the future.

A new government website says, “it will be an opportunity for us all to remember the enormous sacrifices that were made at home and abroad and to joyously celebrate as people did 75 years ago, the arrival of peace in Europe.

Friday 8 May 2020 will see licensing hours extended to enable as many towns, parishes, district, community and other councils, along with individuals, voluntary organisations, the holiday and hospitality industry including pubs, clubs, restaurants and hotels, to join in the VE Day 75 celebrations.

Here in Pevensey Bay, Pevensey, Westham, Normans Bay and the locality, the homegrown response planned will see a variety of events.

The event planned at Priory Court looks set to be one of the most interesting contributions.

On Saturday 9 May 2020 Priory Court is to hold an event to commemorate VE Day 75. They say, “join us for a 1940′s inspired 3 course dinner and talk by local historian R Slater entitled “They watched and waited -Pevensey and Surrounding Area in WWII”.

The event, including the menu, is avaialble at the memorable price of £19.45 per person,which includes the cost of the talk and a donation to the Royal British Legion

You can click here to see the menu and people are encouraged to “call 01323 763150 to book your table TODAY”

The inclusion of the talk and most memorably, the return of Woolton Pie to the table, is carefully chosen. Woolton Pie was named afar the Minister of Food in the Second World War, Lord Woolton . In April 1940, Frederick Marquis, 1st Earl of Woolton was appointed as Minister of Food by Neville Chamberlain.

Lord Woolton was an executive of Lewis’s department store in Liverpool (1928–1951), becoming managing director. He was knighted in 1935 and was awarded a peerage in 1939 for his contribution to British industry.

He took the title Baron Woolton after the Liverpool suburb of that name in which he had lived.

Lord Woolton retained his position until 1943. He supervised 50,000 employees and over a thousand local offices where people could obtain ration cards.

His mission was to guarantee adequate nutrition for everyone during the Second World War.

By January 1941 the usual overseas food supply had fallen in half. However, by 1942 ample food supplies were arriving through Lend Lease from the U.S. and a similar Canadian programme.

Lend Lease was a gift and there was no charge. Most food was at the time rationed. Worried about children, he made sure that by 1942 Britain was providing 650,000 children with free meals at schools; about 3,500,000 children received milk at school, in addition to priority supplies at home.

Woolton kept food prices down by subsidizing eggs and other items. He promoted recipes that worked well with the rationing system, most famously the “Woolton Pie”. His business skills made the Ministry of Food’s difficult job a success and he earned a strong personal popularity despite the shortages.

He spent a lifetime aiming to reform the Conservative Party. One of his beliefs which he proposed as nine principles was the principle of ‘high standards of health, housing and education, coupled with religious freedom’.

Woolton Pie, at first known as Lord Woolton Pie is a pastry dish of vegetables, widely served in Britain in the Second World War when rationing and shortages made other dishes hard to prepare. It was created at the Savoy Hotel in London by the then Maitre Chef de Cuisine, Francis Latry

The recipe involves dicing and cooking potatoes (or parsnips, cauliflower, swede, carrots and possibly turnip.

Other vegetables were added where available. Rolled oats and chopped spring onions were added to the thickened vegetable water which was poured over the vegetables themselves.

The dish was topped with potato pastry and grated cheese and served with vegetable gravy. The content of the pie filling could easily be altered to include whatever vegetables were in season at the time.

The prospect of Woolton Pie being re-created for the night at Priory Court in Pevensey, with local vegetable that are available, is the Priory Court contribution to the celebrations here.

The night is likely to sell out, with people wanting to be part of the event.

The Pevensey Bay Journal, which is documenting the celebrations across the locality in the form of an eight page supplement, is to deploy the photojournalist, Steve Malone, to the event to tell the story of ‘the chef, the pie and the celebration’.

A smiling Peter Lowton, co-owner of the Priory Court Hotel and Restaurant, in talking about the plan to the Journal, explained the importance of the choice of Woolton Pie as the centrepiece at the table on the night. He added with a grin that he ‘hoped that people would notice the price’, which of course is also memorable.

For the true spirit of the Second World War on the home front on VE Day, the celebration of ”the Day that the guns feel silent 75 years ago’, at the Priory Court looks set to become one of the showcases in the locality. This event is likely to draw both residents and visitors.

Perhaps this event will be talked about for a number of years to come.

Altogether 14 venues in the locality are to come together to celebrate the Day.

Nothing could be more appropriate for the weekend than what is planned at the Priory Court in Pevensey, an opportunity for us all to remember the enormous sacrifices that were made at home and abroad and to joyously celebrate as people did 75 years ago, the arrival of peace in Europe.