No good ride out is complete without a trip to a proper biker café but unless you plan ahead you just might miss out and roar past the best egg and chips in the area. The biking fanatics at Bikesure, the free thinking motorcycle insurance specialist, share their favourite haunts and give you some pointers as to where to look for other cafes.
And it’s not just nosh that’s on offer, most ‘real’ biker cafes have biker nights – most often on a Wednesday – when you can go along and be sure of meeting fellow bikers and listen to music and swap stories with people who speak your language.
Probably the most famous biker café is the Ace Café on the North Circular Road, London NW10 7UD. It is a biker’s paradise and site of the famous gatherings of bikers on their way to Brighton and Southend in the glory days of the Mods and Rockers. Recently it hosted its 19th annual reunion with a ride out to Brighton seafront. Food served is traditional British transport café food with vegetarian options.
Bikers in Yorkshire are spoilt for choice. There is the Squires Café that has been in operation since 1954. Located in the small town of Sherburn-in-Elmet, North Yorkshire LS25 5LX, its Wednesday evenings have become a popular event for bikers from all over Yorkshire and the north east. The café also has camping facilities and has become a touring base for bikers from further afield.
Also in Yorkshire is the Manor Café a new purpose-built bikers café in the Yorkshire Dales. Located just outside Bellerby DL85QH. Cooking up a good British menu and offering free wi-fi, the Manor Hosts a variety of ride out events and is open till 8pm on Wednesday nights.
Another popular Yorkshire haunt is the Catfoss Café, Driffield YO25 8EJ. Here a cuppa will only set you back 80p, while a burger is just £2.00. This intimate café is only open Wednesday during Winter months and is located on private land, so once you are through the gates you can ride how you like – heaven.
In the south a well known and friendly meeting place is the Oakdene Café. A traditional English transport cafe situated on the A20 in Kent TN15 7RR near Brands Hatch motor racing circuit. The cafe serves good portions of good home cooked, traditional English food and is famous for its Oakdene special breakfast. Hundreds of motorbike fans meet at the Oakdene Cafe on Wednesday nights and Sunday mornings.
There are masses of biker cafes throughout the UK and if you’re planning a trip then sites such as The Biker Guide, Engine Cycle and BMF have compiled lists of cafes for you to browse through.