About Scolfe’s

The business is located in Boreham Street, a small village steeped in ‘1066 Country’ history. The property is a Grade II listed building that dates back to 1392.

Originally a three bay Wealden Hall House, its structure comprises of a slightly unequal two bay Western terminal hall, with a service hall to the East. An upper floor was erected in the 17th century and one of the bedrooms has facilities for lowering large objects through the window, known as a coffin drop.

Beneath what is now the Tea Rooms area is a Norman style vault that holds the bricked up entrance to a tunnel, rumoured to lead to Herstmonceux castle.

The name Scolfes comes from a French family who owned the house during the 16th century; sadly little is known about them. We hope to preserve and enhance these charming features through the refurbishment project which will in turn bring back old and new customers.

The Old Post Office

Photos of the old post office that used to occupy the building

Circa 1905

Circa 1945

Scolfes Through The Ages

The property is a Grade II listed building that dates back to 1392. Originally a three bay Wealden hall, its structure comprised of a slightly unequal two bay western terminal hall, added to an earlier structure (now destroyed). The new part comprised a two bay hall, with service rooms to the east. An upper floor was erected in the 17th century. The following images outline how Scolfes would have looked through the ages. The artwork was kindly donated by retired archaeologists David and Barbara Martin who have completed extensive research and studies related to Scolfes.


Mid 16th Century




Wealden Hall Interior

Boreham Street

Boreham Street is a small village and civil parish in the Wealden district of East Sussex. Its nearest towns are Hailsham, which lies approximately 6 miles (9.7 km) west of the village and Battle, which lies approximately 6.5 miles (10.5 km) to the east.

A picturesque village, marked by the number and quality of the listed buildings which line its high street, Boreham Street sits atop a ridge with views south over the Pevensey Levels towards Normans Bay and the coast and to the north over open farmland. Boreham Street is home to the Bull’s Head public house and the village’s hall, the Reid Hall, which holds many events and can be hired for private functions.

The Village Name – an explanation…

‘Bore’ derived from boring – place where a tidal bore takes place – narrow point of a river between two hills

‘Ham’ derived from hjem – home – A village or location originally found in valleys with sea access hence Home for the Saxons – in later years this derivation changed to mean near water.

‘Street’ derived from via strata – originally from the latin via strata (high paved road) -Old English stret (Mercian, Kentish), stræt (West Saxon).

The Bulls Head Pub, opposite Scolfes (how convenient!)

About Us

Ian and Jenny Watson look forward to welcoming you to their new venture.

Ian has 30 years experience in the hospitality industry. Currently and for the past 18 years Ian has held senior leadership roles at Pret a Manger including 3,5 years as Head of food development. Currently he is Group Head of the global Pret Academy leading an international team developing 11,000 employees.

Jenny comes from a family heritage in the bakery industry. Her roles have included, fresh ice cream making, cake decoration and patisserie. Jenny has also run her own successful child-minding business and has worked as a teaching assistant at a specialist speech and language school.

Team Building, Life Coaching and Leadership Development

Ian is a registered psychological profile practitioner, neuro linguistic programming (NLP) master practitioner and senior leadership programme facilitator. What we offer:

  • Small team (up to 8 people) offsite retreats including overnight accommodation
  • Team building events (up to 12 people)
  • Leadership workshops (up to 12 people)
  • Psychological profiling and de-brief using ‘Insights Discovery’
  • One to one Life Coaching sessions
  • Day delegate packages
  • Facilitated meetings and group discussions
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