Inside The Balcombe Club. The venue that has it all and more.
Behind the doors at Victory Hall sits a unique venue, one that offers a warm welcome to all that enter, brings top class entertainment, a family friendly environment, good food and oodles of community spirit (and not just the stuff served behind the bar).
The club itself was built under the hospice of Lord Fredrick Fitzroy around 1902, A foundation stone inscribed with his name sits under the trophy cabinet in the club , The addition of the Victory in or around 1922-23 was this time under the guidance of Lord and Lady Denman , famed for its murals , painted by the Hon,N Lytton OBE.
The club has a large 2 table snooker room, a 60 seat capacity restaurant, in which private functions can be held, a very spacious lounge area with a pool table discreetly placed at one end with a large screen tv and normal tv.
The Restaurant is open Friday nights 6 till 9pm, with Head Chef Enrique cooking traditional Fish & chips to the more Mediterranean dishes of Paella and other selections. They can cater for any size party with Angle Cooper providing a great a very competitive buffet selection. Highlights of the restaurant are the Steve Crane gourmet meals ( Steve held a Michelin star for 13 years) and is Head Chef at Ockenden Manor.
Having the Victory hall adjoined to the club has enticed some of the best entertainment acts in recent years, from the likes of Paul Young, Dr Feelgood, The Blockheads, The Kinks and many more. Manager Richard recalls the special night he met one of his hereo’s The Blockheads and his pride when he saw the club logo on the back of a tour T-shirt for John Otway and Wild Willy Barret.
The Barnstomers comedy club has been very popular with the best of the London comedy circuit performing.
Open mic nights give everyone of varying talent a night in the spotlight. The monthly film show brings the latest releases once a month, and of course the stalwarts of the thespian world The Victory Players bring great entertainment twice a year, With the entertainment side the club has raised in excess of £4000 charities such as St Catherine’s and Cancer Research. The club also helps with local care groups such as Neil’s club for early onset dementia, and the wonderful British legion that hold regular bingo nights in the restaurant.
Perfect for families is the club’s two distinct outside areas one with a lovely sundeck , an area that allows dogs, and at the back of the club a well maintained garden with BBQ area available to club members to use.
On the membership side of things, all are welcome from the village and outside, a simple form and the payment of £25 plus an initial £5 admin fee will see you as a full member for a calendar year January to January, half year memberships are available from July, Senior citizen and junior are also available. A member of the great team that works behind the bar will also sign you in £1 so you can test the club water, give it a go!
This is without doubt the best village club in Sussex or even the south, many testaments from visitors and the great entertainers that have played here back this up.
You can see reviews on their Facebook page and website www.balcombeclub.co.uk Every penny made being reinvested to improve the amenity.
So don’t be shy, it’s a great place for all the family and the people of Balcombe to be a part of, pop in and see for yourself…..
Thanks to Malcolm Thomason for the photographs