Wednesday, 18 March 2020

Cafe Tibbles at Beal’s Barn, Wadhurst - Review

Now the children are older and all at secondary school, it makes it a lot easier if my husband and I fancy a lunch date. He’s been working some weekend evenings recently and this means he gets a day off in the week. We’ve been making the most of these times recently with some trips out to try new places for lunch. It’s all too easy when you’ve been together for a quarter of a century to take each other for granted and not to spend time alone any longer.

The other week we took a trip over to Wadhurst to try out Cafe Tibbles at Beal’s Barn. My husband had been seeing their homemade cakes on Instagram and they’d tempted him in. I was certainly glad they did, as we had a lovely lunch together, but be warned it is definitely at the more expensive end of the cafe market.

The setting is really lovely and we’ll definitely go back on a sunny day to sit outside and enjoy the views of Bewl Water. You do have to drive down a single country lane to access the cafe, but there are passing points and it appears to be a dead-end, so I’d imagine it’s very quiet traffic-wise and we found there to be enough parking. (A word of warning, check your route if you use Google maps, mine was trying to send me into Bewl Water and you can't access the cafe from there, so make sure you look for Bewlbridge Lane.)

The inside seating area is split into two distinct areas, one with the coffee preparation area and the cart of delicious cakes and the other has the open plan kitchen area. Both are very nice and make for a pleasant lunch. The opening hours are Monday - Friday 9am - 4pm and then 10am - 4pm on the weekends. Although it indicates on their Instagram page that lunch stops at 2.30pm, so I’d imagine it’s just coffee and cakes beyond that. There is also a covered terrace area where we saw people having coffee with their dogs, and then some outside benches for the better weather.

I have to admit that I didn’t instantly look at the menu and want everything, it is quite a modern and fancy menu, but then I’m a girl that loves a jacket potato. I could tell by looking around though, that whatever I ordered would be good, as Tibbles is priding itself on quality, home-cooked food. I asked what the soup of the day was and it was Jerusalem artichoke and I’ve never tried that, so I asked if I could try a teaspoon full and they obliged. It was absolutely delicious and I promptly ordered that along with the side accompaniment of Welsh rarebit. It was definitely on the pricey side, I’ve never paid £9.95 for soup before, especially as the Welsh rarebit triangles were tiddlers, but as I sais I really enjoyed it.

My husband went for the vegan beetroot falafel, served with smashed avocado, vegan mayo in a pita, with cranberry and cabbage slaw, toasted mixed seeds and salad leaves below. He said it was delicious and it was certainly colourful. It cost £9.95.

As I mentioned, my soup was delicious and I was pleased it left me with some room for a cake. I opted for the rocky road, which was a huge slice and I was able to take some home to enjoy later. My husband went for the carrot cake, which was also really good, but a more average-sized piece. 

I opted for a flat white coffee initially and I can highly recommend their house coffee (Easyjose), as it was smooth and rich and then I had a tea after with my cake, and that was good too. Loose leaf and flavoursome.

The service was attentive and friendly at Cafe Tibbles, we have no quibbles on that front and the quality of the food and drinks are really good too. As I said at the beginning, the only thing that would hold me back about visiting too often is the price; we had 2 light meals, 2 cakes, 2 hot drinks and a cola for around £35, so it’s definitely not a cheap meal out.

From doing a bit of reading up, it looks as if the cafe is on one of the circular walks at Bewl water, so if you want to build up an appetite you can park there and do a few miles first! 

Useful Information

Address:  Bewlbridge Lane, Wadhurst, TN5 6HJ
Telephone:  01892 783146
Opening Hours: Monday - Friday 9am - 4pm and10am - 4pm on the weekends
Tripadvisor Reviews:  Over here

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