News from Our Advertisers

We caught up with some of our loyal advertisers, without whom we could not print and deliver The Whistler . . .

Berry & Son

WHILE BERRY & SON has been closed during lockdown, like many business owners, Tom has used the time to completely repaint and renew the shop interior. It’s gleaming now, and you can see the splendid display of antiques, furniture, mirrors and curios inside. If you see anything you’d like to reserve or purchase, phone Tom on 07817 369691.


Cloveroak Wills & Estate Planning 

It’s Business (almost) as Usual

THERE IS NO DOUBT that coronavirus has brought sad and difficult times to us all. However, one thing I have found wonderful to see is how everyone, in big or small ways, has adopted new means of reaching out to each other.

I have seen a significant rise in enquiries and appointments since lockdown began and I am still offering advice and providing services in relation to Wills, Trusts and Lasting Powers of Attorney. Having reviewed and adapted all my procedures, and, following the guidance provided by the Institute of Professional Willwriters, the professional body that regulate my services, I am now offering an online and telephone service that will take you through the whole process, right up to the signing of the final document.

Home visits are, of course, not currently possible so appointments are being completed by video call or by telephone where a video call is not practical. Nothing beats a face-to-face meeting, especially when discussing something as personal and important as making a Will. However, I have been pleasantly surprised at how well video calls have been going and that a screen has been no barrier to building  relationships with lots of lovely clients in this new virtual world!

If you want to put a Will in place or review an existing one please don’t let the current restrictions put you off, I am still here to help. Give me a call and we can have a chat about your circumstances and how I can help you. Let’s stay safe, try to keep smiling and supporting each other.

As always, my aim is to make sure writing a Will is as straightforward as possible, providing a friendly, supportive and professional service which you can access from the comfort and safety of your own home.

Emily Dornan, Director. Call: 07873 959741. Email:

Curry Inn

ABUL AND HIS team at the Curry Inn in Prestonville Road have been serving the community for 33 years and it’s been business as usual during these trying times. You can call 01273 820628/711374 for collection or delivery via Just Eat or Uber Eats. Vegan and Vegetarian customers are welcome and most meals can be adapted to suit those with allergies. Just ask when you’re ordering.

The Curry Inn may be tucked away in the quietest street on the Dials but its reputation for authentic style of Indian cooking is known throughout Brighton.

Grocer and Grain

HAKAN HAS BEEN serving the community all during this lockdown period and is operating Grocer and Grain as normal, selling his delicious delicatessen food, bakes, cakes, and free range eggs. His refill station is open . . . for refills of all-purpose cleaner, washing up and laundry liquids and extra virgin olive oil.


Hellenic Bakery

THE HELLENIC BAKERY has been open for takeaways since March. They are still serving drinks and their amazing bakes and cakes from 6am until 8pm every day. You’ll normally see a well-ordered queue outside as only 2 customers are allowed inside at a time. Once you’re inside, you’ll find a special Greek welcome and a world of delights.


Mermaid Island

AS YOU MAY be aware, the earliest we can reopen is early in July. If it all goes to plan and we can open in July we will have in place all the necessary protection to ensure that our customers and staff are safe. Initially we may not be able to offer all our treatments and we will be guided by the current Government advice.

We have been busy during the shutdown painting all our treatment rooms and we are looking forward to welcoming all our loyal and valued customers again.

We wish all our customers good health and please stay safe.


PANTONES WOULD LIKE to inform our customers that we are now taking on outside works and also inside works if the property is empty or the owner or tenant is away at the time we will carry out the works.

Call 07950 856798 or email

We look forward to hearing from you soon.

Stay safe.


RetroPink@Blue Barbers

HERE AT RETRO Pink@Blue Barbers in this unprecedented time, we have taken the opportunity during the lockdown to deep clean the hair salon and our barbers section, re-sterilised all equipment and replenished our Tigi & Wella stock. In order to give you reassurance that when the lockdown is lifted and we reopen, we have gone the extra mile to carry out our hair salon, barbers and beauty treatments in a clean and environment. We will also endeavour to follow all the guidelines put in place by the government regarding Cov-19.

I would also like to take this opportunity to thank all my colleagues in the NHS for their marvellous work they have carried out for the whole nation over these last few months and in the months and years ahead to come. Although I am one of the proud owners of Retro Pink@Blue, my main role is being a Radiographer. In addition to this, my significant other and business partner has also become a Volunteer Responder to help the NHS.

Our team at Retro Pink@Blue Barbers are looking forward to re-opening our doors with a warm welcome after the lockdown is lifted. In the meantime, if you would like to be placed on our waiting list for appointments for when we reopen please feel free to call 01273 660383, email or visit our website and fill in the contact form.

Stay safe, stay in, save lives.

Andrea Samuels

Seven Cellars

ALTHOUGH CLOSED TO the public, Seven Cellars has continued to trade online since March. Everything in the shop is online – wine, beer, spirits and tasty snacks. Order online from

Here are your options:

  • Order online and then collect from the shop
  • Free local delivery for orders over £50
  • £4.95 for orders under £50
  • UK nationwide delivery from £7.95

Collection orders – 2 hour turnaround

Local deliveries – we aim for a 24-hour turnaround

Stefan Holmström: 7 Dials Online Singing Teacher

STEFAN IS AN opera singer, voice teacher and Estill Master Trainer (EMT) with a busy teaching studio in the Seven Dials area. He came to the UK from Sweden in 1996 to complete his opera training at Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London and has called Brighton home since 2001. After many years performing with companies including Glyndebourne, Opera Holland Park and Her Majesty’s Theatre in the West End, Stefan is now increasingly focused on training a wide range of singers from all styles and genres with the unique approach that is Estill Voice Training (EVT).

Based on science, EVT explores and trains specific structures of the voice (e.g. the tongue, jaw or true vocal folds) and is easily tailored depending on the needs of individual singers and speakers. It has a broad application across all musical styles and is sure to improve anyone’s artistry relatively quickly.

Stefan said: “It is an upside down time for all of us, but voice training doesn’t have to stop because of the pandemic. This is a great time for learning new skills!”

Through the lockdown Stefan is offering one-to-one singing lessons and EVT group workshops online. To find out more and book online sessions and upcoming workshops, please go to his website at or ring him on 07970 057 660.

The Den

TO ALL MY loyal clients over the past 15 years, thank you for your patience in these uncertain times. According to the government’s predictions Barbershops should be open early July. I will be using all the necessary PPE to protect you all.

I look forward sorting out all of your dodgy home haircuts when we return. See you all soon.

Richard The Den Barbershop


The Row Room

CHRISSIE TEDORA AT the Row Room in Bath Street has completely reinvented her business and is now offering classes online. It’s simple to sign up to online livestream classes. Participants receive the class link to a Zoom meeting 15mins before the class begins. Choose from Rumble (Full Body Strength Circuits), Rebel (Focus on ABS & ASS), Riot (Pure Cardio Circuits) and Reset (Stretch & Flow). All the exercises are suitable for working out at home.

Sweat it out with the Row Room at Call 07771 358560 for more information.


The Sussex Yeoman

JOHN HAS RECENTLY re-opened The Sussex Yeoman from Monday to Saturday between 9.00am and 12.00pm for take-away teas/coffee, organic free-range eggs from Macs Farm and cuts of Sussex Wild Venison. Wild grass-fed Sussex Venison is leaner than beef, has less calories than chicken and is richer in protein than any other red meat.

Talking of being leaner, John is offering free local delivery which he completes himself on his bike or you can pick up your order from the pub at 7 Guildford Road, Brighton BN1 3LU. To order, phone John on 07434 817902.


Tree and Garden Services

I would like to wish all readers a safe summer – as such we have introduced a COVID ‘safe working’ policy to minimise risk to us and our clients. Luckily as we work outside we are able to continue to offer our services whilst maintaining social distancing – please call us on 07960 386586 for further details and discuss a safe working policy tailored to your property and circumstances.

Stay safe and enjoy your summer


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