We had a great time over the weekend with the “Big Reveal”, although we don’t have a window to unveil, Lisa and Sarah were on the street handing out samples of mulled cider and coupons for a £1 off your first round!. For a while we were flooded with customers, many wanting Mulled Cider and a complimentary mince pie. There seemed to be a few new visitors amongst them so hopefully we will see them again! Sarah spent hours setting up our amazing “Xmas Shop” but unfortunately we didn’t get many takers for our selection of gifts, but we will be running the shop every weekend afternoon up to Christmas so drop by and take a look. We have a range of sharing bottles of Belgian beers, gift packs of cans and also our much loved Beer Sticks. We are also stocking Marvolio’s Nostrums Liqueurs (the only outlet in East Grinstead!)
Looking ahead to the run up to Christmas we have a number of events lined up. Every Tuesday night we have our regular “house band”, The Beer Jukebox playing from 8pm. Les is fresh from singing some of his own compositions at New Music night in the Dorset Arms.
Unfortunately we have had to cancel Jeffrey and Sarah on Wednesday 1st Dec, Jeff has come down with the dreaded Covid and is recuperating. On the 9th we have our monthly quiz, which is already fully booked; proof of how our quizmaster Chris “The Inquisitor” has become! The only quizmaster to be fuelled by regular pints of 8.2% cider!! In the run up to Xmas we have the return of Jono Harrison, an amazing singer, guitarist, keyboard player…and he writes his own songs too! Jono is playing on 15th Dec from 8pm.
On Sat 18th Dec we have a double bill with Andy Twyman at 4pm and The Three Hats at 6pm. Tables are already getting booked so don’t miss out.
Sunday 19th is our Staff Xmas Party; an opportunity for us to say thankyou to all out staff for the hard work they have put in, particularly when we were doing table service only…OUTSIDE! Everyone is welcome and we will be drawing our raffle as well as declaring the winner of our “Guess the Number of Bottle Tops” competition. If you haven’t already got your raffle tickets or made your guess then get down to the bar; all proceeds go to St Catherine’s Hospice. Apparently Father Christmas my be dropping by!
We have also managed to book “The Travellin’ Trio” to perform on Thursday 23rd at 8pm. The Travellin’ Trio are Alan Atkinson (Guitar, Vocals, Harmonica), Jimmy Van Lin (Fiddle, Mandolin), Frank Percy (Double Bass). They perform wide range of lively musical styles including folk, bluegrass, country, gypsy jazz, blues, swing, old time, and more. They are guaranteed to get you’re feet tapping and we may even get some of you up on your feet! This really will be PARTY TIME!
And finally to help ease you in to your Christmas Eve celebrations come down and see The Beer Jukebox from 4pm on the 24th Dec. Rumour has it that Les and Pete will be joined by some guests and there maybe some audience participation!
But let’s not forget the BEER! Here’s some of the Festive Specials we have lined up for you:
Hi all. It’s been busy times under The Old Mill getting ready for the festive season.
On the music front we’ve had Jono Harrison and Toulah Morgan (with Jude & Craig) appear at our “ERUnplugged ” sessions on Wednesdays. As well as three further “ERUnplugged” sessions on alternate Wednesdays, we have some “post-Christmas shopping” entertainment for you on the 18th Dec with Andy Twyman performing at 3pm and The Three Hats at 5pm. Come in and relax over a pint or a glass of something! Then on 24th Dec, Les & Pete will be appearing around 5pm to KO your Christmas Eve celebrations…maybe with some guests!
We’ve come up with a theme for our NYE party. Its M*A*S*H meets Scrubs. If you don’t know, these are both medical themed dramas, M*A*S*H from 1972-1983 and SCRUBS from 2001-2010. Just Google them! Tickets are £10 each in advance (just ask at the bar or email us). There’s a buffet, and glass of fizz at midnight and other fun stuff…fancy dress is optional…but if you feel more comfortable wearing a face mask then this is the event for you!
In the run up to Christmas, we also have two more of our monthly quizzes; this week’s on the 11th is fully booked but there are still tables for the 9th December…get your table bookings in early! £1 per person, max. 6 per table. We are also planning to support “The Big Reveal” in the town on 20th Nov, starting at 5pm. We will be serving mulled wine and complimentary mince pies at the entrance to the bar. We will also have our Christmas shop with a selection of Christmas Gifts for you to peruse. Drop by and say hello after you have seen all the shops reveal their festive windows.
Finally, we are having a Christmas raffle in aid of St Catherine’s Hospice. Our collections for this invaluable local charity have suffered over the pandemic and even since re-opening contributions have been down as we have not been doing out Sunday cheese & biscuits. So we are pleased to have the opportunity to collect some money for this great local cause. We already have a number of prizes donated by local businesses and from some of our regular breweries. Tickets are selling fast so make sure you’re “in it, to win it”!
Think that’s it for now. Keep an eye out for the various posters in the bar and remember to get in early if booking for the music events, quiz or NYE party.
We’re always happy to take constructive suggestions or to just hear from you, so feel free to get in touch:
Hello again! Just a quick update on what’s been going on beneath The Old Mill over the last week… On Tuesday Les & Pete (The Beer Jukebox) played to a packed room. They are generating quite a following now. If you haven’t been down to see their act then Tuesday nights in your diary soon! I’d recommend booking as the room is a bit on the cosy side! Just drop us an email or Whatsapp us here:
On Wednesday we had the second of our “ERUnplugged” sessions since lockdown, with Jono Harrison performing on both guitar and keyboard. A great night; for some videos take a look at our YouTube channel here. Jono’s performance gave us chance to test-drive our new PA system indoors, sounding good…and also allows us to pipe the music to all room! There will be regular “ERUnplugged” events on Wednesdays, mostly fortnightly, see website for more details
For sometime we have been considering stocking locally produced Kingscote Wines, and this week we finally release our range of bottled wines from the local vineyard. We have five wines which are sold by the bottle: prosecco-style Brut (white & Rose), Bacchus and oak-aged Charmat Bacchus, and a champagne style Brut. It would appear we might currently be the only establishment in East Grinstead stocking Kingscote Wines (except the vineyard itself!) so come and check it out.
Finally we have now become a verified Untappd venue. Untappd is a mobile app that allows you to check in different beers, and different bars and find out about local bars and events wherever you are. Being a verified venue allows us to publish a real-time menu of our cask, keg and ciders…with more menus to come! Find out more here In the meantime here is a sample of what you will see:
As you can see, a busy week..and that’s without serving you some great beers, ciders, and Sussex gins! More news coming soon but in the meantime don’t forget, ERGin of the Week (#GOTW), our free “bandERillas” on Sundays and “ERgin” night on Fridays. Ta Ra!
Thanks to everyone that came to our OktobERfest at the weekend. We had a blast! There were a few hiccups with the supply of some things such as the Pretzels and two of the four acts cancelled for health reasons (not Covid!), but on the plus side we did not run out of German beer as we did last year and the weather was “kind” to us. BIG thanks go out to Steve & Nella who manned the BBQ tirelessly for the whole weekend! To ALL the staff (Dan, Fi, Jo, David, Sarah, Lisa and Steve) for keeping the beer flowing and for the entertainment on Saturday night (you had to be there!). Also thanks to James McClusky for filling in for Toulah on Sunday afternoon. Our good wishes go out to both Toulah and Molly and we hope they have a speedy recovery. Here’s a few pics of including our “framed” prize entrants (winner to be announced!):
Finally here’s a video to sign off with…here’s to Next Year!!!
Things have been pretty hectic below ground since the pandemic paused for breath; table service was hard work for all the staff and we are relieved to be back to bar service. With the return to “normal operating procedures” we have started to re-introduce some of the things that we had initiated in our first year.
We had our first post-covid quiz on Thurs 9th September and we have our second one scheduled for Thurs 14th October, all being well these will continue on the 2nd Thursday of each month. As well as a £20 bar voucher, the winner gets to hold the ER Quiz Trophy for the month…prestige or what! It’s up to 6 per table and £1 per person (which goes to St Catherine’s). Ping us an email if you want a table.
ERGin night is back on Fridays; it’s a free mixer with every double gin!
We have also re-introduced “ERGin of the week”. Each week we have a different gin will be priced at £4 for a single and £7 for a double; so if you can’t decide which of our extensive range of Sussex gins to have, then just select the “ERGin of the week”!
On the music front, we already have Les & Pete AKA The Beer Jukebox (or if you listen to Les “The Average Shite Band”!!). They play every Tuesday night from 7.30pm, entry is free! If you haven’t seen them then you don’t know what you are missing!
On Wednesday 29th September, we have three of local band “The Bag Full of Hats” performing as “The Three Hats”. Dave, George and Pete will be playing some favourite tunes as well as some of George’s own compositions. Remember if you wear a hat on the night you will get £1 off of your first drink!
If you want to get aHEAD get a HAT!!!
All being well, we will be looking to organise regular music nights with local artists…keep an eye on our facebook and Instagram pages:
Finally to wrap up this newsletter we are holding the 2nd annual Engine Room OktobERfest on the 16th/17th October. You can find all the details here Remember it’s all about the fun and, as with last year, we will be coming round taking pictures and a prize will we awarded to the person, or persons, looking like they are having the most fun!!! A few samples from last year:
PS: if there are any spelling or grammar mistakes it’s because Lisa wasn’t around to check it for me 🙂
Until now we have restricted our indoor live music to the The Beer Jukebox, who have a regular slot every Tuesday night at 7.30pm. We feel that now might be a the right time to start having some other local acts. To test the water, so to speak, we have three members of local group, “A Bag Full Of Hats”, Dave, George and Pete, performing as ” The Three Hats” on Wednesday 29th September at 8pm.
As their name suggests, “The Hats” like to wear hats so we are offering a pound off the first drink to anyone that wears a hat on the night..so dig out that headgear and come on down!!
Well we had a blast… Huge thanks go out to Neil & Co. & The Market Square for providing the excellent Jerk Chicken on Friday evening, together with the rum samples and the HOT sauce!! Al The Pieman for the excellent pies! Les, Pete & Andy ft. Dave Fraser on bass, for kicking things off in style Toulah & Jude for some amazing covers… good luck at Brit School…definitely both stars of the future! Chris Buley for tickling the ivories and waking us all up on Saturday Jamie Bland with an amazing cover of Ed Sheran’s “You Need Me, I Don’t Need You” Jono Harrison for his first (and hopefully not last!) performance at the ER Léanie Kaleido for some great tunes from her 3 albums, one of which is available to buy at the ER Molly McKenna for finally making it over to EG and performing her own songs and some unique covers! The Bandettas aka Jeff and Crumpy for kicking us off on a HOT Sunday and singing Big Yellow Taxi Jon McDevitt for an amazing set and for performing “Lemon days“ To everyone that attended and for all the #Cash4Acts donations! Lisa, Sarah & David for all their hard work, support and for simply putting up with me! and finally Dan, Katie, Jo and Fi for a sterling effort in the heat