the story garden
Friday 24th August As part of Madhurst Arts & Drama Festival, we hosted a Story Garden at The Elsted Inn! It was a day full of fun & sun, with facepainting, garden games, and several different story tents set up for different ages with readings at various points throughout the day! Lots of children dressed up as their favourite book characters and our delicious picnics went down a treat.
Hopefully we'll have the chance to do this again next year! Keep your eyes peeled :-)
ALESTED festival 2018
Our legendary beer, food and music festival was back for year two! After the roaring success of the previous year we had everything crossed for a sunshine-filled weekend. Unfortunately, the weather wasn’t perfect; nonetheless, we had such a wonderful, successful event. All of our ales and food were locally sourced; we had amazing line up of talented musicians; and opened our car park to local traders to sell their wears. It was a true community event, and everyone thoroughly enjoyed themselves. Here’s to next year!!
Warriors - are you rrrrreadyyyy???! Each Wednesday evening, during the winter months, we play a different pub game (such as dominoes, darts, shut the box etc). There is a tournament leader board - each participant gets 1 point for playing, 2 points for being the runner-up, and 3 for wining - for each game played. We also offer a 'beer and a bowl of food' for £10 for each entrant. It's a good laugh, and a lovely social atmosphere.
VALENTINE'S DAY 2018
We had a wonderful Valentine's Day celebration with old and new friends. Wine tasting hosted by our Hennings 'hunk' David, who wooed our lovely guests with his selection of delicious, interesting, and unusual wines. Charlie also charmed our diners with a selection of 'small plates' that were ordered 'tapas style' I.e. whenever the guests wanted throughout the night. CLICK HERE to see the menu.
Please check out our news section or Facebook for upcoming events, and feel free to contact us if you are looking to host your own event (we are skilled in hosting birthdays, christenings, wedding receptions etc..)
New Years 2018
On New Years Day our lovely local Morris Dancers braved the bad weather, until it rained too much then they danced inside! We also had the classic car club and a group of walkers who meet with us every NYD - they very much enjoyed the entertainment. Take a look at a few photos from the day.
Alested Festival 2017
We hosted our first Summer Solstice Ale and Music festival – ‘Alested’ on the weekend of 17/18th June 2017. Having taken over the pub in Feburary 2017 we felt that we wanted to create an event to introduce ourselves to new customers; thank the local customers for their continued support; and provide a networking event for all persons in the area (and local musicians). Additionally, we thought what a better way for people to celebrate Father’s day – than to attend a pub event full of live music and beer! (continued below)
The music for both days were managed by Rowan Piggott and Rosie Hodgson – well-known local musicians , and family/friends of The Elsted Inn. We had a selection of ales and beer on offer, and would like to say a massive thank you to Bowmans Brewery for their support with providing the equiptment and cooling system.
The BBQ was sumptuous- Rother Valley Organics beef burgers, served with lashings of caramelised onions and melted Cheddar. Locally produced, large Cumberland blend sausages, smothered with all the appropriate accompaniments! A salad bar including French bean and mange tout salad with toasted hazelnuts and zesty orange; homemade coleslaw with mixed cabbage and Chef’s secret dressing; and refreshing, sweet Heirloom tomatoes and authentic Italian mozzarella. The salad was initially made with Vegans and Vegetarian in mind – but became incredibly popular with all due to the surprising Tropical weather!! . We also created a new twist on the lamb spit roast – served with a flour tortilla, tzatziki, and fresh peppery leaves. Also - halloumi wraps, with shredded lettuce, heirloom tomatoes, and sharp pomegranate dressing. We figured that wraps were the easiest food to eat whilst talking to people, getting a beer, and dancing to the music!
It was lovely to see the Chef’s out-front, getting the opportunity to speak to the customers and receive the compliments personally.
Thank you to all who attended, joined in, and supported! It was truly a local effort – and we can’t wait to make next year bigger, more vibrant, and really put our small countryside pub ‘on the map’. A special thank you to our friends and local customers for the specific support with marquees, gardening, lighting, DIY, bartending, and decorative charity shop purchases!
Here’s to the second one in 2018!
We had a frightfully good time! Not wishing to take ourselves too seriously – we thought Halloween was the ideal time to have a ‘kids party’ for adults. There were plenty of games, treats - and many tricks, and it was lovely to see the staff and customers get into the ‘spirit’ of dressing up! There was lots of laughter, especially with the marshmallow games, and the perfect evening for people to make new acquaintances (you get to know each other well when you’re locked together trying to get hoops on witches hats!).
The kitchen made a terrifyingly good selection of party food. Spooky spiced pumpkin soup, Cumberland style giant sausages in rolls, and alarmingly luscious lamb stew. There were also toffee apples and marshmallow sticks (for melting on our outside fires pits) for those with a sweet tooth! Thank you to everyone who came and supported with decorating, dancing, and drinking plenty of our witches p**s cocktail!