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


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