Squires Café Bar

Head to North York­shire for a stop ev­ery bit as smile-in­duc­ing as the ride there

Motorcycle News (UK) - - RIDING - By Char­lie Lester

For 60 years bik­ers have been get­ting their (Sher­burn-in-)el­met on and heading to Squires on a Wed­nes­day evening. Founded in 1954, the Squires Brad­bury Milk Bar quickly be­came a meet­ing place for mo­tor­cy­clists out en­joy­ing the wealth of fan­tas­tic roads nearby. It be­came so pop­u­lar that in 2002 sec­ond own­ers Harry and Sue We­ston re­lo­cated to a big­ger site just out­side Sher­burn to ease con­ges­tion and re­store peace to the vil­lage.

Today you can see up to a stag­ger­ing 1800 bikes jostling for space around the well-known café. Well, not lit­er­ally today, since the sky’s de­cided to drip win­ter all over us and many sen­si­ble types have come in their cars to avoid the slip­pery streets and still share in the Squires spirit.

Yet from the mo­ment I drib­ble into the huge park­ing area I feel ut­terly wel­come. Squires is un­mis­tak­ably a biker gaff, fea­tur­ing a ram­pant racer logo, bays too small for cars, and Speed­style, a sep­a­rate bike ac­ces­sories shop on­site. In­doors the walls sport bik­ing mem­o­ra­bilia and a glass cab­i­net dis­plays a gor­geous vin­tage Kawasaki Z900, while from ev­ery hand stout steam­ing mugs pro­claim ‘Two wheels move the soul’.

The 20-acre site has am­ple space for the mul­ti­tudes that flock here in the sum­mer ev­ery day, whether bike night, week­end or ma­jor event. The little skat­ing rink, burger van and tea bar are ri­otously busy then, as are the camp­ing fa­cil­i­ties – avail­able at £12, or a dis­counted £5 for those turn­ing up on two wheels.

But it’s in weather like this you see the most hard­ened, ar­dent fans. De­spite the rain there’s 20 bikes out­side, with more rolling in to be greeted by friendly waves from tea-tot­ing pun­ters. Reg­u­lars on vin­tage ve­hi­cles lift their grand­chil­dren down from the pil­lion seats, fondly re­call­ing their times at the café’s orig­i­nal site as kids them­selves, lis­ten­ing to the juke­box and watching the bikes scrape their tails down the road. The chil­dren gig­gle, gog­gle-eyed be­neath their gog­gles, point­ing out the bikes they want to come here on when they’re older.

It’s this that stays with me when I fi­nally head for home. Huge num­bers

or small, there’s a wel­com­ing lo­cal warmth here that keeps peo­ple com­ing back for more than just the fab­u­lous ride over. Squires’ charms have stood the test of time; for­mi­da­ble roads, for­ti­fy­ing bev­er­ages and friendly faces will keep this bike meet go­ing for gen­er­a­tions yet.

Warm wel­come what­ever the weather

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