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Eating and shopping at Bateman's

Cream tea on the counter inside the Mulberry Tea-room at Bateman's, East Sussex
Cream tea on the counter, Mulberry Tea-room at Bateman's | © National Trust Images/Laurence Perry

The Mulberry Tea-room is a great place for a freshly brewed cup of tea and slice of homemade cake. Whether you're looking for a tasty snack or a drink after a long walk, there's plenty of food and drink to tempt you. Once refreshed, browse the shelves in the Oast House shop for the perfect gift or souvenir of your visit.

The tea-room at Bateman's

The Mulberry Tea-room is the perfect place to stop, catch your breath and refresh yourself. Alongside freshly made coffee and tea, a range of hot and cold meals, sandwiches and light snacks are served.

Nearly all the dishes (at least 75%) served here are made freshly on site. What's more, all the dishes in the tea-room contain honest food that is free from undesirable additives. All our suppliers provide us with ingredients that meet ethical and welfare standards.

Flavour of the month

The garden team works hard to produce fruit and vegetables for use in the tea-room, so look out for dishes using seasonal produce, including cakes, meals and snacks. Please ask the team in the tea-room for more information.

Allergen information

Most of the food and drink served is prepared on site in our kitchen, using a wide range of ingredients. As a result, we can’t guarantee that any of our food and drink products are completely allergen free.

If you have an allergy or intolerance and would like ingredient information about the food and drink served, please ask the staff, who will be happy to help.

Always check when you visit

Visited before? We sometimes change our recipes to improve quality and flavour, including the ingredients. When you visit, please speak to one of our team to check the current allergen information for your favourite dish.

Thank you

Every cuppa or tasty treat you buy helps us to continue looking after places for everyone to enjoy.

A person in a National Trust shop reaching out and picking up a jar of jam from a shelf of similar looking jars
Shopping for National Trust jams and condiments | © National Trust Images/Rob Stothard

Shopping at Bateman’s

Located in the old oasthouse, the shop at Bateman's has a great selection of National Trust gifts, books, souvenirs and beautiful artisan products from the local area. It also stocks a fun range of toys for children, edible treats and homewares.

Kipling wrote many stories for his children, and there are a range of Kipling storybooks available for you to buy here, alongside biographies and other books about the author.

Thank you

It is through your purchases and support that we are able to continue to care for nature, beauty and history for everyone, for ever.

A pile of books in the second-hand shop at Stowe
A range of second-hand books are available | © National Trust Images/Emily Roe

Second-hand books at Bateman’s

The Scullery Second-hand Bookshop is at the end of the visitor route through the house. For those who like a well-worn book, look out for a selection of old Kipling books which can be yours to take home and treasure for a small donation. The money raised from these well-loved books goes towards supporting conservation work at Bateman's.

Take your pick

Take some time to browse the shelves, all carefully arranged into categories, to find something of interest. If you're an avid reader of books, there's bound to be something that catches your eye. There's also a good collection of children's books from the last century that will bring back fond memories and capture the imagination of younger visitors.

We’re always grateful for donations of good-quality books, so if you have any to spare, please drop them off at visitor reception or at the bookshop itself.

The front lawn and sandstone house at Bateman's, East Sussex

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Treat yourself 

Looking for the perfect gift or perhaps you're in need of some retail therapy? You can browse our full range via our online shop.