First-class British hospitality following a inhospitable twelve months

Love it or hate it you have to admire the resilience and determination of the town’s hospitality providers.  I’ve always been a great believer that the finest hospitality is achieved, by anticipating what customers want before they actually ask for it.  That said, providing it at great expense to themselves and after twelve months with very little income pubs, restaurants and wine bar owners are both brave and bold to be taking the lead in trying to get some sort of normality back into the high street with their outdoor innovations.

.Many towns across the UK have developed their alfresco experiences effectively over years, with Tumbridge Wells having a very Mediterranean feel down in the Pantiles, so it was great to see this vibe reach East Grinstead last summer and develop further as we come out of the third and hopefully final lockdown.

A hat tip to the Town Council and Mid Sussex for supporting these initiatives and the hospitality entrepreneurs fighting back against the odds to give us a summer of fun and frivolity in the great outdoors and in the meantime having the vision to allow us to meet up safely and socialise with friends and family once more.


After all, the success of any high street is surely down to it being ‘a great day out, with lots of things to do before lunch, over lunch and after lunch and East Grinstead certainly has enough going on to encourage all of that.  

I hope Bacchus, the God of wine will be looking down on all hostelries and wishing them the best of luck as they start to welcome customers back inside and I hope that the additional seating will allow them to top up their finances over this summer.   

Author: Tim Thompson
Published on: Last updated: 20th May 2021

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