The best biker hangouts in the uk
One of the great things about being a biker is the sense of camaraderie you get whenever you find yourself surrounded by likeminded riders. Luckily, we're spoilt for choice when it comes to biker hangouts here in the UK, and finding a certain hotspot has never been easier. Fancy getting involved? Then why not try some of these places on for size. . .
Rock the Milk Bar
Throughout the summer months, Sherburn-in-Elmet's Squires Café (AKA 'the Milk Bar') has long been one of Yorkshire's favourite hangouts. Not only does the venue host a weekly meet-up on Tuesday evenings, it also hosts its very own rallies and club events –so there's always something to get involved in. Located just outside of Selby and near York, the roads that lead to the Milk Bar are perfect for bikers too – just make sure your knee pads are ready for the ride.
Snaking past the rest
For one of our riders, the snake pass between Sheffield and Manchester provides one of the best hangouts available in the Peak District. "One of my favourite places is the Visitor's Centre at Derwent Valley Reservoir" explains Harry Ogden, "on weekends that is as far as you can go but on week days you can continue further around the reservoir." Complete with its winding roads and epic views, it's easy to see why this particular spot is such a big hitter within the North West's biking community.
A Manx mecca
When compiling a list of the best biker hangouts in the UK, there's no forgetting the Isle of Man's very own Creg-ny-baa. Thanks to its size, bar and restaurant, this place comes alive during the TT week as bikers spill out onto the picnic benches, roof terrace and car park that line the front of the building. Even after the races have finished, bikers continue to flood into the restaurant for a bite to eat – meaning that more often than not, the atmosphere continues long into the night.
The Café Complex
Situated 1,400ft above sea level, the views from the Ponderosa Café Complex are some of the most stunning in North Wales. A famous meeting place for bikers, Ponderosa is surrounded by winding roads and spectacular climbs, and is perfect for newbies and experienced riders alike. Amenities include toilets, a café and a gift shop – which is perfect if you're looking to buy yourself a treat while you're out on the road.
It's (not) grim up north
For bikers living north of the border, The Leadburn Inn Motor Crossroads Café has long been one of Scotland's favourite hangouts. Popular bike nights run every Thursday – with a big event scheduled for the first Thursday of each month – while the classics and cruisers night on the second Wednesday provides even the most seasoned rider with a great excuse to hit the road.
An Ace place to hang
Whether you're an old school rocker or a modern day rebel, Ace Café will appeal to anyone who prefers riding on two wheels. Located on London's North Circular Road, Google Maps describes Ace Café as a "longstanding bikers' hangout with music" – which pretty much sums up this particular favourite perfectly. Live bands, monthly events and an abundance of leather are par for the course at Ace, so if you're the kind of biker who enjoys kickin' it with likeminded souls of all ages, this one is definitely the hangout for you!
The great thing about biking hangouts is that a new one rears its head on a weekly basis – so if there's any you think we've missed, get in touch via social media and let us know about your local hotspot!