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The Engine Room, East Grinstead

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The Old Mill, 45 London Road
East Grinstead
RH19 1AW
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Pub SignMan left this review about The Engine Room

Hidden away at the end of a steep alleyway off the main shopping street, this is an unusual craft beer bar spread across a series of small rooms in the basement of the Old Mill building. On approach, your first inkling that there is a pub here somewhere comes from the small decked outdoor seating area at the far end of the alleyway, which offers basic seating and some partial covering but probably isn’t much of a suntrap, due to the hemmed-in nature of the alley. There is a small greeter’s desk at the entrance, where a cheery lady led me down to the basement level where various rooms can be found leading off from a central corridor. There are a couple of high tables and stools at the bottom of the stairs in the corridor area itself and a room here is full of sofa seating, although I didn’t get a proper look due to being whisked down to my seat at the far end of the corridor. This turned out to be a sofa and bench set into a small recess beneath a bookcase stocked with beer-themed books, a collection of soda dispensers and a model train. To the right of this recess is the door through to the bar – a small strip of a room with the servery down one side and a drinking ledge with high stools down the other. Blackboards on the wall list the various drink options, but Covid meant that the room was out of bounds to customers, so I had to make my choice based on the barman’s narration of the list. A door at the very end of the corridor leads into what I assume to be the main seating area which offers a mix of high and low stools, some pews and comfy looking tub chairs. The walls here are a mix of tongue and groove panels and exposed brickwork, some of which has been whitewashed and decorated with old photos and breweriana. As befitting any craft beer bar worthy of the name, the obligatory pump clip collection was present and correct, this time lining the passage leading to the toilets. Old soul and Motown tunes played quietly in the background and despite being the only customer on arrival, the place slowly started filling up over the course of my stay.
I later discovered that the pub also has an A-board outside with the full beer range listed on it, from which I was able to properly note the cask range which comprised Bond Brews Best of British, Kent Old Jamaica Toffee & Ginger Stout, Loch Lomond Bravehop and Angels and Demons Bombay Social Club along with a good craft keg and cider selection. The barman was very helpful in describing styles and recommended the Bombay Social Club, which turned out to be a reasonable Session IPA which went down very well after a long uphill walk into town from the Old Dunnings Mill.
I found this to be a very pleasant, if somewhat quirky, craft beer bar that I thought worked well as a counterpoint to the town’s many traditional pubs. The beer range was interesting, my pint was in good shape and I couldn’t have asked for friendlier or more attentive service. The basement aspect perhaps diminishes its appeal, certainly I would imagine in the summer months, but on a cold October evening, this was a good bet for a quiet pint or two.

On 10th November 2020 - rating: 7
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Just a quick pint, then I'm off left this review about The Engine Room

Tap for the High Weald Brewery, but I think they have really made a mistake here. Although right in the centre of town, The Old Mill is located up an inconspicuous side street and the Engine Room bar is located down in the cellars with almost no natural light. The various small seating areas also have a mixed aroma of damp and its former industrial residues. Perhaps it's OK when busy, but 'grim' probably sums up my initial impression. That said, my pint of the Chronicle Sussex Bitter (£3.30) was excellent, one of three of its own beers on offer together with two from Gun Brewery and one from Pig & Porter as local guests.

On 24th March 2019 - rating: 5
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paulof horsham left this review about The Engine Room

High Weald Brewery Tap. Open daily.

On 16th March 2019 - no rating submitted
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Map location corrected by paulof horsham
East Grinstead, 0.55 miles, 10 min walk (show)
Dormans, 3.09 miles, 59 min walk (show)
Lingfield, 4.65 miles, 1 hr 29 min walk (show)
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10th Nov 2020, 16:30
Review submitted by Pub SignMan
 
24th Mar 2019, 10:53

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