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The restoration of the Bay Hotel is now complete and attention turns to the operations inside, with preparations underway for Christmas

The new layout of the hotel and bar, which until two months ago was only fully seen in the public bar, has now been revealed in all the full glory.

What was the saloon lounge is now dressed ready as a superb dining experience area, done to the same standard as the rest of the hotel

Maria Snow, the newly appointed events manager at the hotel and bar, told Bay Life today (28  November) that she is ‘full of ideas for events’. The organisation of events and the planning of some novel get togethers for a key demographic in the village looks to be top of her agenda in the New Year.

The potential new weekly get together is to be revealed in January.

As Christmas approaches, the new restaurant, which has been soft launched over the last five days, has proved to be a direct hit.

On offer is an exciting option from the Bay Hotel kitchen. Their three-course festive menu, available from now until 2 January 2020 is only £14.50, you can book your table on 01323 768645.

Reviews over the first five days, since the launch of the restaurant, have already sparked interest, as we will see in the morning when they profile the hotel and bar on their new website.

The special first deal Christmas meal on the Day from new owners is extraordinary.

Their Christmas Day Menu on their newly headed cream notepaper that says “The Bay Kitchen, Bar and Brasserie, Christmas Day Menu 2019′ is stunning. The four course meal for the amazing special price of £35:00 includes a bread board appetiser with olives . Starters include options with cauliflower soup with leeks, chive and truffle oil, or smoked salmon with shallots, capers, pickled cucumber, lemon and bread and butter.

Their star mains options are roasted turkey breast with chestnut stuffing, pig n’ blanket, roast potatoes, seasonal vegetables, cranberry sauce and red wine jus or roasted striploin of beef with shallot puree, roast potatoes, seasonal vegetables, horseradish cream and red wine jus or herb crusted hake with new potatoes, seasonal vegetables, spinach, herb and lemon butter. There is also a full dessert menu, of course including christmas pudding with brandy sauce or pouring cream.

And please do ask for their selection of wines on the Day.

At only £35:00 per head this is going to be some first Christmas for the new owners at the newly restored Bay Hotel and all the lucky local people that pick up on the offer on Christmas Day.

Talk with Maria turned to the famous 35 foot christmas tree that stood in the Bay Hotel car park in December 1954 (where Normans Court now stands).

On 10 November Bay Life said
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The magic of Christmas, when you wish upon a star, 35 feet high.

We are doing some research on, “the biggest christmas tree on the South Coast, floodlit in the car park of the Bay Hotel” in December 1954, for the Christmas edition of the Pevensey Bay Journal.

The car park of the hotel was where Normans Court now stands. As well as being the biggest Christmas tree on the South Coast (all 35 feet), the tree was also floodlit and must have been visited by many local people at the time.

We would be interested to hear from anyone who remembers the tree that Christmas and the Bay Hotel in December 1954 to hear their memories. Even allowing for the fact that this might not have been ‘the biggest Christmas tree on the South Coast’ that year, we would be interested to hear any first hand memories, must have been quite a sight, floodlit.

And of course with new owners…. who knows, because along with the extraordinary restoration of the Bay Hotel, perhaps we might also be seeing one Christmas the restoration of this extraordinary sight in Pevensey Bay.

What a sight that would be.

The magic of Christmas, when you wish upon a star.
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Might the new owners now consider restoring this amazing Christmas tree tradition in Pevensey Bay for Christmas 2020?

A grinning Maria Snow, carefully commented, “we will have to think about that one, but that does seem to be an interesting possible idea for next year”.

What came from the discussion with the new events organiser at the Bay Hotel was a brim full of event ideas.

With Christmas right around the corner, the soft launch for the restaurant, the promotion of the stunning Chrismas Day meal offer, the open mic night that has now moved to twice a month, the ideas for new events in 2020, and all the bands being booked, the evidence is stacking up.

The Bay Hotel is now fully restored to a former glory, with a 21st century spin.

“And do not forget to mention”, added Maria Snow, as Bay Life made for the exit, ‘The Watson Brothers are back tomorrow night (Friday)”.

Bay Life believes that what has been done here, has the potential not just to transform the Bay Hotel public house, but Pevensey Bay.