Meet feast

Ride to Loomies... it’s al­most the law

Motorcycle News (UK) - - This Week - By Justin Hayzelden

If you’re look­ing for great riding in the south of Eng­land you can’t help but be drawn to the rolling chalk hills of the South Downs. Its net­work of flow­ing A and tech­ni­cal B roads is ac­ces­si­ble through­out the year and is a pop­u­lar draw to riders from across the re­gion. But although there are many amaz­ing routes to be rid­den, there is only one des­ti­na­tion to head for when it comes to a brew, some brekkie or just to hang out and that is Loomies Café in West Meon, at the junc­tion of the A32 and A272.

Loomies has been a reg­u­lar haunt for go­ing on a decade (and far longer if you count its pre­vi­ous in­car­na­tion as a Lit­tle Chef), but since be­ing saved from clo­sure two years ago by a cou­ple of long-stand­ing cus­tomers this fan­tas­tic venue has gone from strength to strength. “If it wasn’t here, where would we go?” says Paul Ful­lick, who along with Wil­liam Bain­bor­ough stepped in to keep this beloved meet on the map. “Our cus­tomer base is akin to a fam­ily; we know all our reg­u­lars and have a core group who prac­ti­cally live here!”

Ev­ery mem­ber of staff is a mo­tor­cy­clist and it’s per­haps un­sur­pris­ing that Loomies feels more like a club­house than a café. Any­one is guar­an­teed of a warm wel­come and there are some great touches such as a hel­met rack, vi­sor clean­ing sta­tion and the ‘snug end’, an en­cir­clement of comfy so­fas with a video pro­jec­tor and wood burn­ing stove to warm your cock­les.

Wed­nes­day night is bike night with late clos­ing at 10pm, but there are other reg­u­lar events through­out the year in­clud­ing dealer demo days and the once monthly visit of All Year Biker, who

by a pre ar­ranged ap­point­ment will give your bike a proper deep clean and treat it with ACF50.

Loomies works with sev­eral char­i­ties in­clud­ing the Hamp­shire Air Am­bu­lance and of­fers a ‘forces dis­count’ to ex-mil­i­tary per­son­nel and mem­bers of the emer­gency ser­vices.

‘Our cus­tomers are fam­ily. We have some who al­most live here’

Grab some food, have a chat. It’s hard to beat

Hard to be­lieve that Loomies nearly shut down

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