wine wars – Hassocks decides – and the winners are…

Well you can’t get much closer than that

after six months of serious thought, gargling, spitting and swallowing it all came down to Julias poorly tooth!! On finals night 27 tasters did their best impressions of Keith Floyd meeting Oz Clark in a late night bar to declare Australia victorious over Germany by a mere 2 points. At this point I must thank the 60 plus different people who participated in this most excellent affair over the last half year, and invite them and any others who like a little challenge to next years series of Wine tasting events which will give different countries the chance to showcase their talents even more.

However we start 2015 with a slightly different challenge not just to the taste buds but to some of our favourite local wine merchants and cellar men and women – keep your diaries free for Saturday 31 January , the best is yet to come.

This coming month at the Purple Carrot we have a couple of things coming up that may float your boat, apart from a glut of Christmas meals and functions – we do still have some evenings free if you’re a last minute organiser!

Friday 19th December – 7.30pm for 8pm start
Pop Quiz – the truly festive edition
Despite being dumped from a great height by our resident quiz master – the not quite as popular as before he blew us out Paul – we struggle gamely on. Actually it’s likely to be really really good (I hope) and with a jackpot now nearing £100 there could be a very timely wad of cash to wave around just before the carnage that is Christmas – £4 per person, £8 with food

Monday 22nd – 7.15pm – 9.45pm
The Purple Carrot Book Symposium – This months books to check out:
Our Man in Havana – Graham Greene;
One Day – Paul Nicholls;
The fountain at the centre of the world – Rob Newman
take two (this month three!) books, choose one or both or not, discuss and critique then recommend the next – £5 includes glass of wine or tea / coffee and nibbles

Sunday 28th – 1.30pm – 3.30pm
The Purple Carrot Developing (and old crocks) Footballers Tournament – Downlands all-weather pitch once again hosts and while our friends from London remain at home chastened nay humbled by their 11(ish) aside drubbing by the noisy neighbours of Rottingdean plenty others are around to take their place. Food will again be provided after the event at the Keymer and Hassocks sports and social club in Adastra park with the opportunity to enjoy Newcastle v Everton in the 4.15 kick-off.

Wednesday 31st – 8.15pm – 1.00am
The New Year is upon us – festive soiree – bid adieu to 2014, raise a glass to 2015, eat a mince pie!
chatter and natter with some of Hassocks finest citizens as they come together to discuss the finer points of his years goings on – £12 includes midnight bubbles and nibbly nosh

Sunday 4th January – 8.45am – 3.00pm

DoGs golf – three club challenge  – On the slopes of the Downs at sunny Waterhall
Just three clubs (and a putter if you want one)
Full English Breakfast followed by 18 holes of golf with sherry and mincepies on the way round. AFterwards you’ll definitely need some steak and red wine pie to rejuvenate you once again.   £28

Monday 5th Jan – 8.00pm – 10.00pmm
The Thursday Monday Trivia Quiz – a new night for the faithful quizzers
Now on the first Monday of each month the trivia quiz looks to attract a couple more people to give our resident champions a run for their money, and a bit of competition. go on you know you want to – £2.50

@ThePurpleCarrot tonight – your Favourite Book?

Tonight’s first meeting of the Purple Carrot Book Symposium (from the Greek meaning “to drink together” – a forum for debate and chatter a cup of tea or glass of wine) – is to be a loosely held together affair. Having seen much talk on social media about lists of favourite music, plays, books, people – the lists are manyfold – it was thought this first forray in the murky world of literature could be a  show and tell (or just tell) about your favourite book, books, or even books that you think others should read.

Come along this evening to help shape and build this into something accessible for people who like to read and talk about and range of literature but don’t always have the time or commitment to sign up to 12 months of hard reading.

For now there is no specific format, but the idea is to have a couple of books each month for discussion classic, new, fiction, fact I don’t believe it really matters. Maybe you’ll read one, or both, or none, but that shouldn’t stop you from finding out about them.

We’ll provide a drink (tea / coffee / glass of wine) and nibbles you provide the thirst for knowledge, energy, enthusiasm,  or just doze quietly in the corner – the choice is yours

7.15pm – 9.45pm  – £5

and another thing

Erroneously left off the list of things happening at the Purple Carrot this month is a further information session on the Downlands school energy project. From 2.00-3.30pm this Saturday 15 November at the purple carrot

HKD Energy Directors will be on hand to answer any questions about the Downlands School Solar Project and provide further details about the plans. hkd energy information sessions

A real chance to be involved in community development

November probably won’t surpass the glorious weather of October – FACT

To come to terms with the sobering thought that we’ve probably seen the best weather of the year sail past in an extremely windy wet bubble, we’d like to offer you a couple of tidbits at the purple carrot over the next few weeks to take your minds of it all.

First up come the semi-finals of the very popular wine wars, Hassocks being the cultural centre of Mid Sussex we offer a more infused version of wine tasting striving diligently to find the country with the best overall wine offer. Thursday 13th is a battle of the big reds with Australia taking on Chile, followed by a lighter affair the following week Thursday 20th with Germany trying to upset the kiwi cart.

This Sunday 16th sees many many first-timers and old hands undertake the 10km in Brighton under the guise and guidance of “We RUN” Hassocks. If you can’t be there to support them why not come and find out how they did over a Purple Carrot Sunday brunch from 11.30?

Friday 21st – 7.30 for 8pm – Popular Paul’s pop quiz promises to be something special as it enters its 3rd year, and it’s time for a pie and mash extravaganxa to accompany. Jackpot round stands at about £70 but it’s bound to be dead easy :0)

Sunday 23rd is the ever so thrilling Dread @ the Head DOGSoc golf event where some foolhardy people battle the elements at Seaford Head golf course all for the superb Steak and Guiness stew afterwards (£27 – 10.15 for butty and coffee)

Monday 24th is the first meeting of the Purple Carrot Book Club – 7.15 – 9.45. Always liked the idea of being in a bookclub but never had the time, commitment or people to share with? This is a chance for a more informal look at books you might like. (£5 with a glass of wine, tea / coffee cake). Take a choice of two books every month, read one, read two, read none! then discuss.

Friday 28th – Light-up Hassocks is going down on Keymer road early doors, but when you’ve eaten too many scrummy hot dogs, drunk too much mulled wine, and fed all your money to the tombola – then it’s time to take on the Hassocks Hash 7.30pm, and redeem yourself – then perhaps finish off the evening with a wee dram and a mince pie (too early?)

Sunday 30th – we will be closed as we deserve a little rest every so often, and we have to visit the Gingerbread Tea Rooms (Brugge) to try out their waffles and hot chocolate, get tips and come back cinnamoned up ready for the Wine Wars final (Fri 5 Dec) and more mince pies than you can shake a stick at

NOVEMBER – the semi-finals


Thursday 13 November – 3 tickets left

Australia v Chile


Thursday 20 November – sold out

Germany v New Zealand


Friday 5 December – tickets going fast

hosted by

South Downs Cellars

100 High Street, Hurstpierpoint

01273 833 830

quick update on the end

Of October @the purple carrot

due to a continued lack of harmony between me and machines technical problems beset my every move. No sooner has the cooker been fixed (only 3 weeks to be fair) than the computer(s) refuses to play ball, phone gets left on a hill in Worcester and anything else electrical just laughs in my general direction, so now we’re back to 3 inch floppys, sonic the hedgehog and asteroid.

Anyway whingeing and whining aside what I meant to say was that this week we will be closed on Monday.
Matinee films for the wee(ish) ones will be Tuesday – Friday 10.15 for 10.30 start
Tuesday – Frozen
Wednesday – Rio 2 -( Also on Wed 2-4pm there is an additional pumpkin carving session, as we have a few left and don’t want to waste them. £5)
Thursday – Wreck -it Ralph and Friday will depend on what I can get but from a list of :- Julian and the Knights of Valour; Percy Jackson 2; Hotel Transilvania or The Cat in the Hat

For the older folks (15+) we have a double bill on Thursday as Fright Night comes early.  The Blairwitch Project kicks of proceedings at 7.15 (for 7.30) followed by a further scary creepy hide behind the cushions piece of cinema @ 9.30 – Bloody Burgers, Wormy Dogs and nuclear nachos are also on offer to complete the line-up

Friday night is fine food not fry-up’s, as we put a couple of new dishes to the test – kitchen open until 9pm for treats not tricks

Welcoming winter months – October’s Offer

So it’s going to get cold, and it’s going to rain, and we’ll all forget quite rapidly what a lovely mild September we’ve had.

So to blow away the blues the Purple Carrot is chock full of events, parties, food and drink – although if you have something you want to try and squeeze in do let us know – otherwise pop in and enjoy the warmth

Top Topical Trivia Quiz – Thursday 2nd – 8pm – £2.50

Saturday 4th – Old Boys Football – 2-4pm, Downlands pitches – huffing n puffing as The Rotters of Rottingdean take on London’s finest medics

Monday 6th – 7pm – 10pm  Like Conspiracies? 9/11? – A brand new 9/11 docu-thriller ‘The Anatomy of a Great Deception’ just premièred in New York (Sept 2014) –  90 minute film starts at 7.30pm

New Zealand v Italy (pt 1) WINE WARS QF4– Friday 10th – 7.45pm – £15

DOGS Golf Society take on Gatton Manor – Sunday 12th – £25

Italy v New Zealand (pt2) WINE WARS QF4 – Thursday 16th – 7.45pm – £15

Paul’s Popular Pop Quiz – Friday 17th -7.45pm – £8.50 with food, £4.50 without

Arden pizza party Wednesday 22nd 5-8pm

Scrabblers monthly lunch – Friday 24th 11.45am – beat the proprietor for free coffee!

Hassocks Hash – Friday 24th – 7.30pm

Pumpkin Carving – Saturday 25th  & Sunday 26th –  2-4.30pm – £5  (includes pumpkin and soup or pie)

Half Term week Monday 27th – Friday 31st – Mid morning matinée with some quality animated features


Top Trivia Quiz – Thursday 4th – 8pm – £2.50

Germany v England (pt 2) WINE WARS – Wed 10th – 7.45pm – £15

Wine Wars (rnd 3) Spain v Chile – Thurs 18th – 7.45pm – £15

Paul’s Popular Pop Quiz – Friday 19th -7.45pm – £8.50 with food

DOGS Golf society – Sunday 21st – 2pm

Hassocks Hash – Friday 26th – 7.30pm

- well it’s a start for something to do at least…


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