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…

and so it begins

the last week before an adventure with family, trailer tent, dodgy tyre on a car that thinks it can dance, and one daughter’s determination to eat snails…my own fault for serving such exotic fare at the purple carrot.


Today if you can be mad enough to brave the aftermath of the storm (quite warm actually) we have one of the best batches of Shakshuka I’ve made but we’ll be closed by 1pm so give the old dog a run out and treat yourself – the coffee is pretty awesome at the moment too, oh and we’ve been baking lots of cake for eating!


Also this week the Wine Wars round 2 (Germany v England Thursday 8pm -£15) is filling up – so don’t miss out on some excellent wines, national nibbles and Giles’ jibber jabber – there won’t be anything this much fun until half way through September – book by phone, 01273 841296, email: chris@thepurplecarrot.org, or try the unconventional method of popping in!

Unbelievable – Max the magical scoops the lot

Finally after several months of getting nowhere near the Quiz jackpot has been won.

And so we begin again, tonight in fact at Paul’s popular pop quiz – 8pm start, do come along. Unfortunately the jackpot will be somewhat smaller than the £245 Max trousered last night.

Yup £245 for getting these three questions right

Q1 – Gary Larson created what set of cartoons, cards and images?

Q2 – Who is the creator of the animated sci-fi sitcom Futurama?

Q3 – The year of the Rosewell incident UFO crash?

How would you have done?

august August

As Sussex sinks into somnambulism and Hassocks and Hurst holiday the Purple Carrot continues apace and we’d like to draw your attention to a few things that we will be hosting until also abandoning ship on the 16th to return refreshed and ready for an awesome autumn.

Each event starts at 8pm. You are welcome to turn up to the event on the night BUT, if you can, let us know you are coming beforehand to avoid disappointment if over-subscribed – especially with the wine-tasting.

Welcome to “Everything at 8″

Thursday 7 – Trivia quiz;

Friday 8 – Pop Quiz;

Wednesday 13 – Film Night;

Thursday 14 – Wine Tasting;

Obviously we’re also open as usual during the week and the 3 versions of Iced coffee, 4 types of fruit smoothies and multitude of milkshakes (especially the fresh banana with hint of vanilla) to have in or take-away are proving very popular at taking the edge off the heat of the day – and cost about half what you’d pay in Brighton or London – just create your own ambiance :))

Thursday 7  Aug – Trivia Quiz – £2.50pp now with added jokers.  The dearly loved trivia quiz gets a bit of a make-over (Liz’s idea – so complaints/compliments to her after trying it out) each of the smaller bite sized rounds now have the added incentive of a joker to play when you think you have done well, and a bit more of a vague theme tied-in too.  The jackpot 3 in 2 minute quiz is now up to £232 and surely ripe for winning… Throw in a cheeseboard and a bottle of wine and you have yourself an evening.

Friday 8 Aug – Popular Paul’s Pop Quiz – £4pp (£8pp with food – I’m thinking curry this month). Get ready for some special “sounds of the summer” as Paul pulls the plug on mediocrity. The quipping quiz-meister is bound to have something surprising up his frilly sleeves. AND if it doesn’t go the night before the jackpot quiz pot will be up to about £250!   Yes I know it’s always the 3rd Friday of the month BUT it’s the 2nd Friday this month just so we can accommodate everyone’s holiday’s, but not Jan’s “getting larrrgered up night” I’m afraid.

Wednesday 13 Aug – Film night – The Grand Budapest Hotel – Back by popular demand with a new seating layout we begin our new monthly “films for film fans” slot – arthouse, world cinema, farce, comedy, drama, thriller, adventure – you name the film, we’ll try and put it on…and if no-one comes then we’ll stop again (there’s no point flogging a dead horse in a one horse town!)  -THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL recounts the adventures of Gustave H., a legendary concierge at a famous European hotel between the wars, and Zero Moustafa, the lobby boy who becomes his most trusted friend. The story involves the theft and recovery of a priceless Renaissance painting and the battle for an enormous family fortune — all against the back-drop of a suddenly and dramatically changing Continent (8.2/10 IMDb)

Thursday 14 August – Wine Matters – Wine Wars Part II – ENGLAND V GERMANY. Spittoon’s ready. After a successful first round evening in July where Australia trounced France to go through to the semi-final stage, up and coming England take on the black tower’s of German Riesling and Gewürztraminer in a battle that perhaps isn’t just the forgone conclusion of German dominance we’ve come to expect and love. The evening  includes food from the two competing countries and some very good wines to try out supplied by Hurstpierpoint’s South Downs Cellars with the added bonus of Giles chatting on about “tones” and “zing”, – spit or swallow the choice is yours. £15 – please book in advance


Saturday 16 Aug – the trailer tent is rudely awakened from its peaceful dilapidation in the garage-shed and hauled off to France for 2 weeks of FUN.  Back on 2 September

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







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