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