The Essex coast has long been a popular rideout for bikers across London and the South East; with numerous ways to get there, from fast A-roads to quiet rural routes, there’s nothing like the feeling of rolling up at the seafront knowing that’s as far as yo can go. The network of local twisties all lead to the beach, so even in the depths of winter it’s a satisfying ride.
There has been a surge in recent years however, thanks in no small part to the tireless work of Paul Barnes, owner and proprietor of the Revved Up Tea Bar in Walton-on-the-Naze. Since being launched five years ago, Revved Up has become an increasingly popular destination and is now firmly on the motorcycling map as one of THE places to go - Paul and his partner Nikki regularly welcome visitors from all over the country, as well as many from even further afield.
The location certainly plays its part; Revved Up is practically on the beach and almost at the end of the road – to ride past means you’ll have to ride back. There’s plenty of parking right outside so anyone wishing to can just rock up and go for a paddle. The town council are hugely supportive of Paul’s efforts and have even given him an award for having a business that thrives all year round.
Revved Up is open every day, but it’s at the weekends when things really get interesting – hundreds of bikes drop in throughout the day and it’s a diverse crowd, from learners on 125s to vintage classics, tourers, sportsbikes, wild customs and all manner of club and group rides; Paul himself rides a gnarly XS650 hardtail chopper.
As well as providing tea, coffee and snacks, Revved Up has its own unique clothing range as well as stocking all manner of biking apparel, from pins and patches to leather suits.
Where is it?
133 High Street, Walton-on-theNaze, CO14 8AT
When is it?
Open seven days a week, hours vary so check first
07947 408542, @revved up on Facebook
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