‘A CAFÉ AMIDST A SEA OF BIKES’

Keep your belly happy while you search for your next pur­chase

MCN - - LIFE ON BIKES - By Justin Hayzelden MCN ROVING RE­PORTER

There was a time when you’d be lucky to find a cup of in­stant cof­fee in a bike shop, let alone a bis­cuit to go with it, but things are a lit­tle dif­fer­ent to­day. This week our con­tin­u­ing quest vis­its the newly re­fur­bished Harry’s Café at south-west su­perdealer, Fowlers of Bris­tol.

As we roll up it’s im­pos­si­ble not to be im­pressed by the scale of the build­ing and what you find in­side doesn’t dis­ap­point ei­ther, as acres of bike kit and new mo­tor­cy­cles spread out all around you. The ground floor is all about kit, but with stom­ach-sat­ing pur­pose in mind we mount the spi­ral stair­case to the next level, only to be greeted by the lat­est of­fer­ings from a host of man­u­fac­tur­ers in­clud­ing Tri­umph, Suzuki, KTM, Husq­varna, Moto Guzzi, Vespa, Aprilia and Pi­ag­gio. Avoid­ing the temp­ta­tion of a new bike, we push on up to the top level we reach a con­tem­po­rarystyled haven of tran­quil­ity and our in­tended des­ti­na­tion: Harry’s Café. The menu is tra­di­tional biker fare fea­tur­ing break­fast, burg­ers, butties and baps. All food is pre­pared on the premises, cooked to order and served with a smile. Our Biker Break­fast was well worth the jour­ney, as was the proper cof­fee. “The food’s good value and the ser­vice is great,” says Gary, who reg­u­larly meets up with his mates at Harry’s. On our visit they were putting the world to rights around one of the long ta­bles. “The staff are al­ways very friendly and it gives us a chance to look at new bikes, too,” adds Ali­son. “We’re al­ways here for hours ev­ery time we come.”

Take a seat, grab some food and get set to talk bikes

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