golf days out
We started off as basically a coffee bar with interesting bespoke light bites and platters. We've now moved across town and currently specialise in "egg-cellent" Breakfasts (including a superb range of Shakshuka dishes), and lunchtime light bites and healthy lunches afford a wealth of choice with some traditional and not so well known weekly specials. We've also dragged the coffee machine into the 21st century and offer excellent coffee, we're now pushing TWIST teas as the brew of choice - bag or loose leaf, and a range of herbal and other teas, oh and a damned fine hot chocolate. or chai lattee - Our STREET FOOD started out as SUPPERS - is now available from lunchtime and into the evening. We offer excellent food for very decent prices - each dish is prepared to order so it can take a little longer than shoving some bread in a toaster. We offer meat, veggie and vegan specialties you just wouldn't normally get under one roof. If you want to run a group or have a meeting any day of the week, or evening, why not ask us if we can help facilitate? We run quizzes, comedy evenings, a philosophy club, book clubs, knit & natter, a tasting supper club, and host group meetings. We have been licenced but have recently decided, in these current times, to move back to B>Y>O. with a small corkage charge (£2.50pp), rather than encouraging you to drink the troubles of the world away
golf days out
a chance to try the Purple Carrot wares in your chosen setting
Trivia and Pop - here there and anywhere
Comedy pop-up events in and around Greater Hassocks
latest utterances from PC towers
Monday 7.30am – 2.00pm
Tuesday 7.30am – 2.00pm
Wednesday 7.30am – 2.00pm
Thursday 7.30pm – 2.00pm
Friday 7.30pm – 2.00pm
Saturday 9.00am – 2.00pm
Sunday 9.00am – 2.00pm
Breakfast times (7.30-10am) are back at the Purple Carrot every weekday morning from September. Nothing fancy but excellent tea and coffee, juice and smoothies, toast and accompaniments, obviously bacon and eggs, some tempting shakshuka, various vegan offerings, and yoghurt berries and granola. When it gets a bit colder we might even venture into proper porridge too
Brunch to Lunch gives a fullish morning menu with excellent PC salads, Toastie Ciabattas, Jackets and a weekly special or too for a bit of variety.
For the present our awesome Street food suppers are only to be had when events are on in the evening such as quizzes, bookclubs and interest groups…so why not get a few of you together and book us for an evening?
I reckon that has to be one of the most miserable winters I can remember ever going through, even after two recent years of COVID. and spring to summer hasn’t really been much better.
At the risk of upsetting a few people who feel coffee shop owners shouldn’t do politics it looks like the self-serving mean spirited words and actions of our austere politicians, and piss-taking multinationals have finally taken their toll. Utilities, food, transport, and travel basics have all risen to such an extent that providing a “lipstick treat” service such as a beautifully crafted flat white, a scrumptious stuffed vegan kebob, a melt-in-your-mouth lush Halloumi burger, a sizzling shakshuka or a plain and simple salted caramel flapjack now goes from the realms of a (regular) treat to a cautious appraisal of the monthly budget and a possible trip out doors.
One of the main problems is that in all good conscience, I cannot bring myself to put prices at where they must sit to make enough profit to continue trading and pay the bills at the same time. So this will be our last year in this particular incarnation of purple carrotier progressivism.
While our website goes from professional to cut-price, one thing we will not skimp on is the quality of our product. Both food and drink will continue to be sourced providing the best quality as ethically as possible, as our menu gets set for autumn and winter with a spring cleaning of our prices.
These have been unfortunate times for the purple carrot. If only certain people had paid us what they owed the predicament we have now would not be upon us. At the end of September we go back to court with a previous landlord aiming to take a chunk out of our house, because he’d rather litigate than play it straight and put his hand in his very deep filled pocket. We also face the thorny issue of tackling our previous under-tenants who have currently screwed us out of (coffee)house and home leaving us with a large financial hole for the last 5 1/2 years. Two different utility companies have found that over-charging and underperforming in their provider roles doesn’t always just get them more cash from docile micro-businesses, but it sure is a battle of time and money to get a fair hearing and a fair outcome. HMRC really don’t like admitting they have got something wrong, and pick up the phone less frequently than my deaf old ma (love you mum). And as a last little cherry on the top when your bank decides that you are in arrears on a loan even though you are months ahead of payments and pulls the plug then the fan really is being hit very hard indeed.
so what to do?
Well as you might have guessed from this unseemly airing of private laundry we, like so many others suffer from black dog days, bouts of what are probably classed as depression, ADHD and anything else you may care to label it as. One of the hardest things to do is get out of bed in the morning and get on with the day. We’ve had a go at the tried and tested “hiding the head under the pillow” option but that only offers comfort for a limited time.
Therefore, thus and without prevarication we are now going to tackle that issue head on and from 4 September we will be opening our doors at 7.30am Monday – Friday to provide breakfasts and space to get ready for the day. Don’t come expecting croissants and pastries, that’s not breakfast just an artful sugary carb filler, but good coffee; many quality teas; toast and local marmalade; yogurt, and pc granola with berries on top; bacon and eggs; shakshuka to punch a hole in that early morning fug; vegan and veggie treats. If no one comes at least I’ll get a coffee and chance to catch up on loads of lovely paperwork
Good Friday – CLOSED daytime (evening event 7.30pm)
Monday – CLOSED
Back at it from Wednesday
Further to this we have decided to curtail our Friday morning opening experiment for the time being at least. When it costs more in staff than we take on the gate it really doesn’t add up. We’ll keep offering the Friday evening events as and when – like the Paulies Popular quiz gets Teddy Appeal – Friday 5 May and cheeseboard evenings…but Friday daytime is not for us