Thank you people of Hassocks (and surrounding areas etc…)

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Both this week and last week are finally starting to give a flavour of what the Purple Carrot is about, as many different parts of various communities got involved, used, enjoyed, partook of or benefited from this little venture being here.

Sunday 22nd we enjoyed a very successful golf pairs tournament including a win for Hassocks’ own Mr Grumpy-shut-me-door-n-leave-me-alone Forshaw.

The Hassocks Open Houses event (28,29 June) saw the purple carrot involved and hosting work from Downlands school students (aged 11-15) which has been very actively engaged in with over 50 pieces of work making the cut. THESE WILL BE ON DISPLAY UNTIL Sunday 6 July – so get along to have a look, maybe even invest in a budding young talent.

The weekend also saw year 5 of the Hassocks “fat-boys” invitational football tournament with over 50 old and young men in 8 teams huffing puffing and generally enjoying themselves, before settling down with families, friends, food and further football (lucky Holland!) at Keymer & Hassocks sports and social club on Adastra park. – roll on year 6

This week we change tack and on Wednesday evening indulge in the first of our wine tasting sessions dubiously dubbed Wine Wars to find out in a lighthearted manner which country Hassocks thinks has the best wines. With the final not until December there is plenty of chance for you to get involved in determining the outcome in the coming months. This month – France v Australia

As if that wasn’t enough on Thursday we have the top Trivia Quiz (8pm for 8.30pm start) it really is trivia, and it’s usually quite interesting, oh and we do have a current Jackpot round worth about £225 for the winner, not life changing, but certainly enough to get a few of those bottles of wine you should be tasting :)

Obviously we’re still doing not just the best but also the biggest variety of teas and coffee’s in the area. It’s Summer so time to show off our shakes and smoothies, iced coffee and espress-gelatte, some well interesting bagel combo’s, mouth watering Tasca melts, p.c. frittata’s, salads, homemade ( i.e. by us) cakes and slices, local cheeseboards, and the only shakshuka this side of the Thames,pretty much something for everyone…

…and that’s the way we like it, so thank you Hassocks



Hassocks Open Houses – June 28-29 2014

Do get out and have a look at what the good denizens of Hassocks are creating.

Here at the purple carrot we will be showcasing work of budding young artists attending the local Downlands School, and the exhibition will run from 28 June – 3 July, with a private view on Friday 27th






Wine tasting by any other name would be as sweet…



The Purple Carrot

Wine Wars’

You decide who will be our Wine Champion for 2014.

Each tasting night will include one wine per country over

4 rounds, you score each wine and decide who wins!

Wednesday 2nd July 2014

France v Australia

Cattin Freres, Cremant D’AlsacevWillowglen Sparkling Brut de Bortoli, South East Australia

Domaine de Villargeau Sauvignon Blanc, LoirevEvan’s and Tate Sauvignon Blanc, Margaret River

Le Casse-Noix Chardonnay, Languedoc-RousillonvWillowglen Chardonnay, South Eastern, Australia

Cotes du Rhone Rouge Val de Garrigue, RhonevPike’s Red Mullet, Clare Valley

Tickets £15.00 per person in advance

Thursday 14th August 2014

Germany v England

Thursday 17th September 2014

Spain v Chile

Friday 10th October 2014

Italy v New Zealand

hosted by

 South Downs Cellars

100 High Street, Hurstpierpoint

01273 833 830


Wine Tasting – Tuesday 20th

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Good denizens of Hassocks, and close-by. Due to more interest than originally thought possible tonight’s Wine Tasting is oversubscribed!! So we’ve made it bigger and still have a few (6) places left.

The event starts at 7.45pm but won’t really get going until 8pm if you are struggling for time. – Just let me know ( ; 01273 846764 or text 07814360341) and I’ll put a ticket aside for you.


There will be further events coming up soon – hopefully one a month -but this is your chance to help decide the wine list for the summer and beyond.

Wine tonight comes from South Downs Cellars, and Butlers Wine Merchants and the nibbles this evening will be provided by Kirthi – of Indian Tadka fame – another interesting twist

Nearly 2 –

With some exciting things to come in anniversary week,

…But in the meantime there’s a few treats this week too – plus of course a few foodie bits as well (sprouting bean veggie chilli, parsnip & parmesan or (not too) spicy lentil & bacon soup, beanburger patties, courgette & sweet potato Thai curry, courgette and sultana muffins  etc etc)

Wednesday 30 April – 7.45pm

Wednesday night’s film kindly donated by Lycra Phil is the moody menacing and meandering “No country for Old Men”  Coen brothers classic

Thursday 1 May – 8.15pm

The Toptastic Trivia Quiz with the added spice of a jackpot round currently standing at over £175 and the juggernaut  that is Ali’s Angels! trying to make it three wins in a row – £2 per person.

Friday 2 May

Scrabble monsters are back for a lunchtime session – starts @12 noon anyone is welcome. Beat the proprietor for a free coffee! I’ve also just found Facebook online scrabble which is great for when you’re not there!? (Facebook Chris-at The-purpleCarrot to set up a game online)

Also on is Hassocks Robins FA presentation evening at Adastra Hall, plus the Twitten’s Studio begins its summer run in Ditchling. The Purple Carrot welcomes the Fiddy Shades o Alcohol bookclub (I see a theme emerging…) for cheeseboard and nibbles, perhaps the odd glass of wine too


Sunday 4 May

Our sumptuous Shakshuka brunches are starting to get noticed (9.30-12.30), so give yourself a treat from the mundane and ordinary greeezy hangover cure and bring your Sunday up to standard, and revitalise your taste buds. We also show a free childrens film from 10am – this week is the classic “How to train your dragon” – perfect with a cheese and bacon tasca or baked beans on toast, maybe a fresh croissant as well :)

At Hurstpierpoint Village Centre there is a comedy evening in aid of Scope – doors 7.15pm. Comedy is provided by Paul Sinha, Rich Wilson and Eddy Brimson and compared by (the now local) Komedia King Stephen Grant.  Tickets are only £10 from Indigo (Hassocks) or The Mint House (Hurstpierpoint) or online

Monday 5 May – CLOSED – Bank Holiday

Wednesday 7 May – Purple Carrot Film Evening – Two Guns (15) – 7.45pm

Friday 9 May – Curry Club evening 6-9pm

Two Year Celebration the long weekend

Friday 16th – Paul’s popular Pop Quiz – doors 7.30pm – £8 with food / £4 without

Saturday 17thBarista art, (Lemon) Drizzler of the year competition, Brownie Bake- off . Are you a super baker or a super taster? Or maybe both!! whatever your talent Saturday afternoon is your chance to show it off while marvelling at some dead proper barista art from Luke @ Roasted (who supply a couple of our coffee blends)

Sunday 18th – Top Dog -DOgSociety Golf competition 2pm – £25

Tuesday 20th – Wine in the House…Should we change our house wine, and some others to.  A chance to come and taste some excellent wine with nibbles and commentary – your score on the door could be crucial – £10


Friday 23rd –  Hassocks Hash social run and refreshments – 7.30pm prompt



Easter Break Activity

Purple Carrot Films for younger viewers – 10.30am each day – not as active as the sports centre but much cheaper !!

Thursday – Toy Story 3
Friday – Thunderbirds

Sunday – Lego Batman – the movie

Tuesday – Night at the Museum
Wednesday – Enchanted or Over the Hedge    evening film – Kick Ass 8pm
Thursday – Frozen or Epic

Snacks and small lunches also available (toasties, tascas, pasta, homemade beef burgers and bean burgers, etc..) for around £3

This Wednesday the evening film is an excellent romp – Now you see me – starting at 7.45pm

Thursday 7.30pm – Hassocks Open Houses organisation meeting – last chance to get yourself involved in this years event (taking place 28-29 June)

Friday night Curry Corner @tpc 6-9pm

Sunday sees the continuation of a purple carrot special – Shakshuka Brunch 9.30 – 12.30pm. The best (albeit possibly the only regular) Shakshuka this side of the Thames.
At 2pm the DOGs – golf society take on West Chiltington – currently a couple of places remain vacant – drop by the shop if interested

Monday – still closed on Monday’s

Wednesday (16th) evening film – Kick Ass or Inglorious Basterds 7.45pm

Friday (Good) – Monday (bank holiday) – CLOSED

just now

quick reminder that the purple carrot trivia quiz is on tonight, 8.15pm (jackpot round is currently £150),
the scrabblers are sitting down for battle at 11.30am tomorrow (Friday) anyone who fancies a game is welcome to join – free coffee if you beat the proprietor
Sunday is Shakshuka brunch with a childrens film at 10am
Which reminds me,  from next Tuesday there will be a youngsters film at 10.30 every weekday during the school holidays – check out the website for details


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