The Golden Sausage: Help us find Bri­tain’s best biker café

The hunt for the best biker café con­tin­ues as we visit The Haven

MCN - - CONTENTS - By Justin Hayzelden MCN ROV­ING RE­PORTER

A‘Mo­tor­cy­clists Wel­come’ sign can be a real sight for sore eyes and it cer­tainly ap­pealed to us as we reached The Haven near Sal­is­bury, af­ter a long ride. Our lat­est con­tender for the Golden Sausage Award has been stand­ing aside the A30 for some 60 odd years, but The Haven has more to of­fer than a tra­di­tional road­side nose­bag. Cur­rent owner, Kirsty Wells, has cre­ated a ver­i­ta­ble oa­sis where the weary trav­eller can find much-needed respite. “We work hard to main­tain very high stan­dards of ser­vice,” says Kirsty, “but it’s not just about serv­ing up food and drink, we strive to pro­vide a friendly at­mos­phere.”

All dishes are pre­pared with fresh in­gre­di­ents, cooked to or­der and served with pride; even our sausage and egg bap ar­rived per­fectly pre­sented with Kirsty’s home-made brown sauce on the side. This tasty cus­tom condi­ment re­flects an at­ten­tion to de­tail that runs through­out The Haven. And yes, it does taste bet­ter than HP. For Steve Mil­som and Chris Trainor, The Haven is a reg­u­lar stop. “It’s a lovely place to chill at the end of a ride,” says Steve. “The free vi­sor clean­ing sta­tion al­ways comes in handy, too.” Chris and Carol Reynolds of­ten drop by on their Tri­umph Thun­der­bird. “It’s clean with quick ser­vice, not to men­tion proper tea and cof­fee,” en­thused Carol.

There are few places more wel­com­ing than The Haven and it cer­tainly lives up to its name. With the Su­per Sun­shine break­fast (essen­tially a full English) cost­ing a snip un­der £10, prices are at the up­per end of the scale, but fac­tor in the per­sonal touch and The Haven is a def­i­nite con­tender.

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