The A21 is a favourite road for bikers at any time of year - a direct line that runs from the big smoke to the coast via the green and pleasant landscape of East Sussex. It’s also a popular route for charity runs and mass rideouts such as the legendary May Day Run (also known as Bike 1066) when literally tens of thousands of bikes flood the road for the annual bank holiday bash in Hastings.
Of all those who ride this road there aren’t many who pass by the ranch-style roadhouse just south of Robertsbridge known as the Route 1066 Café (see what they did there?) without stopping. Although it has only been in existence for five years this rock n roll era inspired biker-friendly diner has grown to become more than a convenient stop off and is now firmly established as a destination of choice.
The Route 1066 Café is family owned and run, and every effort is made to ensure that the welcome is warm and that the food is top notch. ‘We take great pride in everything we do,’ says owner Chrissie Martin, whose parents, now in their 70s, are still very much involved. “We use local produce where possible and strive to offer the best possible experience to all our customers.” All staff tips go to good causes such as SERV (the Service by Emergency Volunteers - Bloodrunners), Armed Forces Bikers and PTSD UK, plus the Café also sponsors Mike Honey, BMCRC champion three years running and BSB Ducati Cup rider.
There’s a real sense of community about the place and as with anywhere it’s the regulars who make it truly special. Among the familiar faces who turn out rain or shine are the Backsliders, a group of BSA riders many of whom are in the eighties and Globetrotting Frank, who rolls in whenever he’s not off exploring the world on his caravan equipped Gold Wing.
Weekends are always busy, but the first Thursday of every month throughout the summer is Bike Night when extended opening hours attract hundreds of bikers from all over the region.
How much is it: Free entry, see website for food menu
Where is it: A21, Battle Road, Johns Cross, Robertsbridge, East Sussex TN32 5JH
When is it: Open 7 days, bike night first Thursday of the month
How to get in touch: 01580 882155, www.route1066cafe.co.uk, @route1066cafe on facebook
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