South England: Biker Cafes & Pitstops

We’re all motorheads here at the Engine Inn and we love a good road trip as much as the next biker!

Although bikers in England obviously fantasise about taking their beloved rides and hitting the open road in America, there are a multitude of epic routes that you can take across the country with breathtaking landscapes and (most importantly) some brilliant cafes to stop off at.

Obviously, we’d like you to drop in and visit us on your next road trip, but if your route isn’t passing by us then you can always stop by at one of these fantastic cafes:

Ace Cafe London

Probably one of the most iconic biker cafes in the UK, Ace Cafe was first opened back in 1938 as a simple stop for travellers and passing truckers. Thanks to its 24-hour opening times the cafe soon became a hub for crews of motorcyclists looking for a place to hang out. Despite being demolished by an air raid in World War II, rebuilt, then closed again in 1969; the Ace Cafe was reopened in 2004. Today there are Ace Cafe locations as far flung as Orlando, USA to Beijing.

Chequered Flag

This family run business was only opened in 2015 but that hasn’t stopped it from garnering rave reviews from bikers and non-bikers alike. Unlike many cafes popular with bikers, the Chequered Flag also offers a community bike workshop and store, giving visitors a chance to learn how to fix their bikes as well as shop around for second-hand rides, leathers, helmets and other accessories.

They serve all-day breakfasts, a good selection of burgers and also sweet treats to go with your tea.

Ryka’s Cafe

Popular with bikers and classic car owners alike, there’s been a cafe on this site for the last 85 years; the current incarnation is a biker-friendly hub for all kinds of people serving the usual hot/cold drinks as well as food. Bikers have been visiting this spot for decades so as such it’s always populated by at least a handful of leather-clad folks hanging around. There’s a regular series of events for motorheads of all kinds to attend, so it’s worth checking their site before visiting.

Loomies Moto Cafe

Open 7 days a week, this biker-run cafe is perfectly placed on the South Downs making it a great stop for any bikers making their way around the gorgeous local routes.

The menu here offers a wealth of cafe classics including their legendary ‘Race Pro Breakfast’ and their Loomies Burger, but you can also buy some left-field items such as Chicken Curry and Chilli con Carne. On top of selling their merchandise, they also hold events with featured speakers from the moto-world.

Hillside Cafe

Directly off the A38 in the Wylye Valley, this roadside cafe is sandwiched between the English towns of Salisbury and Warminster.

Ian and Terry have been running the privately owned cafe for the last 30 years and serve up a classic array of English grub including jacket potatoes, omelettes and roast dinners. This is a perfectly placed cafe for anyone looking to visit the nearby Stonehenge or Longleat.

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