After weeks in the saddle and days wolfing down breakfasts, our man Justin has come up with his shortlist of the 'Best Bike Cafés in the UK 2020' – and now it’s your turn to choose an overall winner.
There are actually 11 cafés this year, as the final place was just too close to call. There are some old favourites, including last years’ winner, but there’s just as many new places, keen to get you down on your bike for a cuppa.
Perhaps you like Caffeine & Machine, in Warwickshire, to see the vehicles on display, or prefer to meet up with local bikers at The Super Sausage in Northants. Maybe the bikes at Harry’s do it for you, or you might like a bacon butty at Krazy Horse. Whatever you're into, now’s your chance to say what gets you going on a Sunday morning.
To get involved, simply vote for your favourite from the list at the bottom of the page. If you need a bit of assistance when it comes to making your choice, you can find a few of our thoughts below, too.
The Steel Horse Café, B4598, Llamvihangel Gobion
Lying just to the east of the Brecon Beacons, this popular meeting point enjoys easy access to miles of terrific tarmac and we make the most of it on our run in by taking the narrow pass up and over the Black Mountains from Hay-on-Wye via Capel-y-ffin.
We chow down on an All-Day Breakfast and emerge impressed with the quality and quantity of the Steel Horse’s headline dish. It’s perfectly proportioned with first class ingredients done to a turn, so that has to be a ten from us.
The Custom Café, A259, Bexhill-On-Sea
We followed a tip-off and headed for the south coast, where a ride across the Pevensey Levels led us to one of the country’s newest biking destinations, Bexhill’s Custom Café.
A closer inspection reveals a deeper custom culture theme with some incredible original artwork and a meticulous attention to detail, from pin-striped paintwork on the signage to metal-flake tributes to the greatest customisers of the 1960s. But what we’re really here for is the food – and it is quite simply superb.
The Super Sausage Café, 35 Watling Street, Potterspury
The SSC is between Towcester and Old Stratford on one of Britain’s longest established routes, Watling Street, a thoroughfare that predates the Romans and a fitting location for our 2019 title holder.
"We sell 3000 sausages a week," says owner Chris Murray, "plus a 1/4 tonne of bacon, 2500 eggs and 150 loaves. The beef in our TT burgers comes direct from the Isle of Man and we make them on site to our own recipe."
Far from slipping down the greasy slope of café mediocrity – the SSC is still on banging form in 2019.
Route 11 Café, A11, Attleborough
Route 11 occupies a prime spot just a short distance from Snetterton, ideally placed with a filling station on the eastbound A11. It has a cosy, contemporary feel and we kick back with a cappuccino to soak it up and garner opinion from the regulars.
"The food is always good and everyone’s really friendly," says Multistrada rider Mike Bardwell, from Diss. "The owner loves bikes and will often be outside chatting."
Caffeine & Machine, Banbury Road, Ettington
It’s worth noting that the vibe at C&M is achilled and relaxed one, so it’s far better to slip in under the radar than rock up bouncing off the limiter.
We duck inside to discover a spectacular bead rolled stainless steel bar, a cosy, contemporary seating area and an attention to detail that would impress even the pickiest of petrolheads.
Krazy Horse, Lark Valley Business Park, Bury Saint Edmunds
Krazy Horse is first and foremost a dealership for exotic marques such as Norton, MV, Zero Engineering, Paton and Indian – but don’t expect to be greeted by an over-eager sales person looking to separate you from your hard-earned cash.
Both the big breakfast and bacon sarnie that we tested were well above average, but it’s the sausage bap that deserves a special mention. Top quality bangers in a lightly toasted bun, with a crunchy, dressing-drizzled salad garnish. It’s going to be a tough one to beat.
Harry's Café, Fowlers, 2-12 Bath road, Bristol
Harry's Café is the in-house eatery of one of the longest established family-owned superstores in the country – and multiple MCN Dealer of the Year winner – Fowlers of Bristol.
Harry’s offers several breakfast options, so we plump for the 'Biker' and are rewarded with one of the best value brekkies we’ve found, just £6.40 for a nosebag that should leave even the greediest motorcyclist sated.
Bike Shed Motorcycle Club, 384 Old Street, Shoreditch
The BSMC can be found in a series of railway arches near the junction of Old Street and Shoreditch High Street and we made our way there from the A12 via Old Ford, Bethnal Green and Hackney Road.
Made with high quality ingredients, this really is top-notch tucker and a mention must go to the 'Shed made' beans, a tasty twist on the usual tin of Heinz.
Chequered Flag, Liskeard, Cornwall
For our taste test we choose the 'Tourer' fry-up - packed with quality ingredients, it’s good value and tastes great.
Owners Karen and Robin Partington are very passionate about what they do and a warm welcome is always guaranteed. As Robin says: "We’re all about bikers, not bikes."
The Café at the Sound, Cregneash, Isle of Man
The most outstanding feature of the café is a vast panoramic window, perfect for wildlife watching, and inside we find that it’s clean, modern and airy, with friendly staff eager to welcome a soggy biker.
We order up 'A Sound Way to Break the Fast', a traditional breakfast packed full of tasty ingredients. At £10.95 it’s one of the most pricey plates of grub we’ve come across on our tour, but given the spectacular location and the quality of the nosh we can’t complain.
Biker's Cove, South Queensferry, Scotland
The Bikers Cove is among the smallest venues we’ve visited and although it has one of the biggest and friendliest personalities of any of them, its facilities are minimal.
There is somewhere to sit and a place to park your helmet, but cutlery and crockery aren’t on the inventory – everything comes in a bun and that’s no bad thing as it’s tasty, filling and easy on the pocket too.
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Voting closed February 14