New bik­ing hot spot

Pub meet goes from strength to strength

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

With long-es­tab­lished meets reg­u­larly grab­bing the lime­light it can of­ten be dif­fi­cult for new ones to ones to find their feet; her­itage means a lot in the world of mo­tor­cy­cling and tra­di­tional gath­er­ings are part of the cul­ture. Ev­ery now and then how­ever, a venue crops up with the po­ten­tial to put it­self firmly on the map - The Pel­i­can Pub in Ad­dle­stone be­ing a per­fect case in point.

Fol­low­ing a change of own­er­ship in late 2015 this cosy hostelry was com­pletely re­fur­bished, and thanks to a sug­ges­tion from one par­tic­u­larly en­thu­si­as­tic reg­u­lar, be­gan hold- ing bike nights the fol­low­ing spring. Lo­cal rid­ers quickly caught on and by the height of the sea­son over 150 were rolling in ev­ery week. Be­ing just in­side the M25 to the south west of Lon­don it’s easy to get to from across the re­gion and vis­i­tors come from as far afield as Kent and Es­sex, plus there are some great roads on the doorstep.

The lo­ca­tion it­self is ideal; sit­u­ated on the edge of an in­dus­trial es­tate it’s far enough from res­i­den­tial ar­eas not to cause any dis­rup­tion and there’s am­ple over­flow park­ing as and when it’s re­quired. That’s not to say that it’s sur­rounded by com­mer­cial units - in the op­po­site di­rec­tion is a tran­quil view across the River Wey to the open fields be­yond. In fact the beer garden runs right to the wa­ter’s edge, mak­ing it a splen­did spot at which to spend a sum­mer’s evening.

If you’re hun­gry there’s a full menu of pub grub in­clud­ing some fab­u­lous gourmet burg­ers, de­cent chips and of course veg­gie op­tions. Bik­ers get a 25% dis­count on all food and weather per­mit­ting there’s usu­ally a BBQ for some au­then­tic flame grilled fare.

As a reg­u­lar meet The Pel­i­can is still rel­a­tively un­known and as such has the ku­dos of be­ing a ride out for those ‘in the know’ - that said, it’s far from cliquey and is one of the most friendly and wel­com­ing places around. With its unique lo­ca­tion, warm at­mos­phere and great food it’s sure to be­come an in­creas­ingly pop­u­lar des­ti­na­tion.

Grab a drink and some food as you look out over the river Plenty of park­ing and it’s not too close to houses

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