There are few things more pleasurable than jumping on the motorcycle with a couple of mates for a run out to the country. This tends to be a day-time, weekend activity – so what better than to head for a Sunday Brunch or Lunch stop?
Here the biker-gourmets at Bikesure, the freethinking motorbike insurance specialist, list a few favourite spots for a bite to eat – kicking off with a couple from the broker’s home county of Norfolk.
The Gunton Arms is a wonderful old lodge on a deer park in deepest North Norfolk. It’s only just opened and the food is wonderful, too – especially if you’re fond of meat (though they do offer a few fish and veggie options). Worth booking up for, it also has an eclectic collection of expensive works of art on the walls. Bar snacks are available, but treat yourself to the steak (cooked on the open fire) or the Gunton Deer Mixed Grill – ideal for hungry bikers.
Also in Norfolk, but on the coast and with a perfect location, is the Cliff Top Cafe in Overstrand. The lunches are good but the breakfasts are legendary and the cakes brilliant, so it can also be more of a pre- or post-midday venue, maybe for brunch of afternoon tea. Tour Norfolk includes it in its list of top Tea Rooms.
Further north, if you’re touring around Northumberland then you owe it to yourself check out Battlesteads Hotel & Restaurant in Wark on Tyne, about 12 miles north of Hexham and not far from Hadrian’s Wall. It’s won multiple awards, not only for its food but also its rooms and its eco-friendliness. Speaking of friendliness, they offered us somewhere to dry leathers if you get damp. The Sunday Carvery menu is good value – three courses for £13.50 (or two for £11.50 for those on a diet…)
For those lucky enough to be in reach of the Peak District there is great food to be had at The Castle, Castle Street, Castleton … an easy address to remember, so if youget lost, just ask! It’s a fabulous location and they have a good wine list, too, if you’re tempted to stay over (stick to the soft drinks if not, of course). They always offer a veggie option (such as Carrot & Nut Roast) for Sunday Lunch.
Being the garden of England, Kent is popular motor biking territory. The Sun Inn in Faversham does Sunday Roast but is also good for breakfast, with a huge menu ranging from the classic Full English to Mixed Wild Mushrooms On Toast.
If you’re getting away from the rat race by escaping across the Highlands, then check out the Ceilidh Place. It’s a one-off in Ullapool that’s a bar-come-cafe-come-hotel-come-concert venue-come-gallery. It opens for breakfast, lunch and dinner and all points in between.
Wherever you’re planning to stop, it’s always worth calling ahead to check they can accommodate you – especially if you’re a bigger group.