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The Old Dunnings Mill, Sunnyside, East Grinstead

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Dunnings Road
East Grinstead
RH19 4AT
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Pub SignMan left this review about The Old Dunnings Mill

Located on the outskirts of town, this is a classy Harvey’s pub set in a converted water mill. The pub has a car park to the rear and a large garden wrapped around three sides of the building, including a very nice, part-covered space out the back which was nicely lit on my evening visit and had plenty of comfortable garden furniture, all overlooking the water wheel and stream. The main bar is in the rear half of the building, making it the first part of the pub you reach if entering via the car park (which you have to under the current Covid one-way system). It’s a long, wide space with dark wood floorboards partly covered by a large rug in the centre of the room, with the bar along the back wall and a few basic tables and chairs opposite. The bar has an unusual counter front with wooden slats used to create an interesting visual effect and some mosaic tiles filling in the space beneath. The counter bulges at the left-hand end, in what might well have once been a separate room, whilst the bar back is mirrored with some modern shelving units in front. The room extends to the left, past the end of the bar and a strange gated-off kitchen display area full of wine racks and fake cupboards, into a space with quarry stone walls and a good mix of chair, sofa and pew seating with a bookshelf on the far wall partially obscured by a large TV screen showing muted rolling news. A couple of doorways opposite the bar lead through to another wide room at the front of the pub which is also bare boarded with some faded rugs and simple bench and chair seating. The whole pub has been decorated with lots of old black and white photos, many of which had a wartime theme, old maps, paintings and the like, with hops hung from many of the lintels and beams. Some nice stained-glass panes have been used in partitioning screens between the Ladies and Gents toilets, depicting the pub’s water wheel, whilst inside the gents there were pictures of other Harveys pubs lining the walls. The staff were very friendly here and dealt with all the Covid sign-in protocol nice and quickly, whilst a half-decent 60’s and 70’s pop tunes soundtrack played in the background.
There were two handpulls in action offering Harveys Sussex Best and Old Ale, with two more handpulls clipped but bearing the dreaded ‘Coming Soon’ sign. The Sussex Best was £4.20 for a pint and in very good shape – always worth trying this beer in a Harveys pub where you can be sure it will have been properly looked after.
I really liked this place and thought it had managed a good compromise between the simple yet comfortable bar area to the rear and the more formal dining-style room to the front, coupled with an excellent garden and fairly unique pub feature of a working water wheel. Part of me wonders whether this place can lean too far over into ‘foodie’ territory at peak times, but on my midweek evening visit it was a very pleasant place to enjoy a well-kept pint of Harveys beer.

On 10th November 2020 - rating: 8
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Just a quick pint, then I'm off left this review about The Old Dunnings Mill

Attractive and interesting Harvey's pub, particularly at the back where the disused waterwheel can still be seen, although this is now bypassed by the stream. The interior has been partly opened-out to leave quite a narrow bar with a larger dining room behind a wall covered in local history photographs, and a number of further rooms branch off on both sides. Most of the garden seating is located under a large semi-open marquee that is used for beer festivals and other events. With two banks of four handpumps, I found Sussex (£4.10), IPA and Armada on, although the clips for Old annoyingly proved to be a mirage... The only other discordant note comes from the use of unsympathetic LED fairy lights in the counter area, but apart from that this is a pretty decent food-led establishment.

On 24th March 2019 - rating: 7
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Aqualung . left this review about The Old Dunnings Mill

This is an old country pub that Harvey's took over in the late 1980s or early 1990s. It is set on a river at the bottom of a long descent from the town centre. It seems that until recently it was run for Harvey's by a small Sussex pub company but is now a full blown Harvey pub again. It's something of a ramshackle building as it seems to have been added to over the years but is still an attractive looking place. There is a large garden area at the front which you go through to enter a large single room. This has an area of tables and chairs for food at the front and the bar further back with less furniture. There is an enormous fireplace over to the left of the bar. The bar area has polished wooden floorboards with an old rug in the middle. Behind the bar area is a patio and an old water wheel that is visible through a window.
The bar has two sets of four hand pumps selling the same four Harvey's beers, Best, Wild Hop, Olympia and Copperwheat. I tried the Olympia and Copperwheat £3.50) both of which were in excellent condition, the Copperwheat being particularly impressive. I was told that the Best is dearer than these which seems odd as it is weaker.
I thought this was a worthwhile Harvey's pub, perhaps a bit too food orientated but well worth a look.
There is an infrequent bus service right outside the pub which I was glad to make use of to get back to the station.

On 21st June 2015 - rating: 8
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10th Nov 2020, 16:28
Review submitted by Pub SignMan
 
24th Mar 2019, 10:45
Review submitted by Just a quick pint, then I'm off

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  • Accommodation : No last updated 19 June 2015 by Aqualung .
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 19 June 2015 by Aqualung .
  • Beer Festivals : No last updated 19 June 2015 by Aqualung .
  • Beer Garden : Yes last updated 12 December 2013 by Moby Duck
  • CAMRA Discount : No last updated 19 June 2015 by Aqualung .
  • Car Park : Yes last updated 19 June 2015 by Aqualung .
  • Child Friendly : Yes last updated 12 December 2013 by Moby Duck
  • Darts : No last updated 19 June 2015 by Aqualung .
  • Dog Friendly : Yes last updated 12 December 2013 by Moby Duck
  • Function Room : No last updated 10 November 2020 by Pub SignMan
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 29 July 2013 by Dave McNally
  • Jukebox : No last updated 19 June 2015 by Aqualung .
  • Karaoke : No last updated 19 June 2015 by Aqualung .
  • Live Music : No last updated 19 June 2015 by Aqualung .
  • Live TV Sports : No last updated 19 June 2015 by Aqualung .
  • Micropub : No last updated 19 June 2015 by Aqualung .
  • Pinball : No last updated 19 June 2015 by Aqualung .
  • Pool Table : No last updated 19 June 2015 by Aqualung .
  • Quiz Night : No last updated 19 June 2015 by Aqualung .
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 29 July 2013 by Dave McNally
  • Real Cider : No last updated 19 June 2015 by Aqualung .
  • Wheelchair Access : Yes last updated 12 December 2013 by Moby Duck
  • WiFi : No last updated 19 June 2015 by Aqualung .
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