mr-kiplings(7)If you visit Bateman’s, Rudyard Kipling’s house, in Burwash, East Sussex, it’s really worth visiting the restaurant/tearoom.
Originally called Bateman’s Tearoom, it’s now supposed to be called the Mulberry Restaurant. But regular visitors still refer to it as Bateman’s Tearoom.
We started with a bowl of home-made carrot & coriander soup, with absolutely yummy local bread!
John had sausage and mash, and I chose the cottage pie.
Both meals were freshly-made, nicely presented, and a perfect size; not too huge and not by any means too small!
Sally, the supervisor, has worked in the restaurant for seven years. She loves her job.
The restaurant is open all year round, except Christmas and the menu changes every two weeks.
Bread comes from the Rusbridge Bakery in Tunbridge Wells, and all the meat from Pomfrett the Heathfield butcher’s.
mr-kiplings(12)Most of the herbs, fruit and vegetables are grown in the garden at Bateman’s.
The dishes on the menu are chosen to fit in with what the Kiplings would have eaten, with a few curries now and then as Kipling was born and lived in India. But he couldn’t eat rich foods in later life, due to his ulcer, which eventually killed him.
In general it’s a traditional British menu, which the Europeans tourists really enjoy!
We wandered down through the gardens and across the river to the Park Mill.
Dating back to 1618, the present water-mill was built around 1751.
When Kipling bought Bateman’s in 1902, he took away the waterwheel to install a water turbine and electric generator which supplied some electricity to the house.
The mill fell into decay, until 1969, when restoration began.
A new waterwheel was built, but it’s much narrower than the original wheel, as the turbine takes up so much room.
mr-kiplings(3)Local wheat is stone-ground for two hours on Saturdays, Wednesdays, and Bank Holiday Mondays by volunteers (water supply permitting!)
You can buy the flour, which is ideal for making bread, at the counter in the Mill.
It’s as organic as you can get, but it costs £600 a year to be registered as organic, so they don’t bother. They use the money elsewhere, where it’s needed!
Before you ask, no, they don’t supply the restaurant for making bread. They can’t produce enough, or guarantee enough, especially during hot summers when the stream is drier.
Having worked up a thirst and a bit of an appetite, we walked back to the restaurant by a different route. We couldn’t leave Bateman’s without sampling a cream tea, sitting in the beautiful garden and admiring our surroundings.
Now there are scones and there are scones, but the scones we had that afternoon were some of the best that I’ve ever tasted!
Apparently the Mulberry Restaurant scones are quite famous, and I’m not surprised!
mr-kiplings(2)We walked back to the car, past the orchard. We’d had a very enjoyable, relaxing day!

Bateman’s,
Bateman’s Lane,
Burwash,
East Sussex.
Tel 01435-882302.
Email Batemans@nationaltrust.org.uk
www.nationaltrust.org.uk/batemans
Open 7 days a week.

About Lyn

LYN FUNNELL CV (well, sort of!) Lyn had very successful careers as an Air Hostess, Sales Rep, (she was one of only a couple of women. She beat all the men regularly, becoming the Top Rep in the UK, and 2nd in the world.) And then Catering took over. She did everything from the washing-up, to Silver Service Waitress, and Chef. A few times, she had to cook the meal, dash round the other side and Silver Serve it! In between all this, she wrote as often as she could, building up a reputation as a published short story writer, (Horror and a twist in the tale,) and a Poet. She has appeared as a Performing Poet, and a Demo Chef. Then she discovered the world of the Food & Travel Writer. And that’s what she has continued doing to this day. Her main hobbies are Cookery and entering Competitions. She has won many prizes, including holidays and a moped. She enjoys entering Competitions, submitting her original recipes. She was first in many Competitions, including the Good Housekeeping Millenium Menu, Fruits of France, Bernard Matthews Turkey Recipe, and appeared on BBC’s The One Show Spag Bol contest. She was one of three Finalists, coming 2nd, which makes her Britain’s Spag Bol Queen! Now she runs B-C-ing-U! and loves it! After several years of being messed around by Editors, and having loads of contacts, Lyn formed her own online Magazine, vowing to treat her writers fairly, and to do everything possible to further their careers, publicise their books, etc. She now has a band of excellent regular writers, and the Magazine’s going from strength to strength! Lyn’s online published books; Adverse Camber A collection of my published poems. The First Book of Short Stories The Second Book of Short Stories The Third Book of Short Stories. Many of these stories have been previously published. St Anthony of Padua. The Patron St of the Old. A story of one woman’s terrible ordeal in a Home, and her family’s rescue of her. The Girl Who Watched. A Cuban girl is attacked by an English journalist & what follows! Willy the Whizz & the Wormhole. Suitable for Young Adults, aged 15-95! Get Out Of Debt And Stay Out – Forever! Unsympathetic, hard-hitting, realistic solutions to your problems. All these books are published by Andrews UK Ltd www.andrewsuk.com No, I didn’t pay them to Vanity Publish! They’re all available from Amazon, and many other online publishers. LYN FUNNELL.