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  • Writer's pictureGareth Owens

Oakdene - Britain's Biker Cafes

Oakdene Transport Cafe on a busy Brands Hatch race day

Address: London Road, Wrotham, TN15 7RR

Opening hours: 6 a.m. until late

Price Guide:

Full breakfasts:  £4.95 "The standard" - Egg, bacon, fried slice, sausage, beans or fried tomatoes with a cup of tea and 2 slices of bread.£6.95 "The special" -  Egg, bacon, fried slice, 2 sausages, beans, mushrooms, chips or hash browns with tea and 2 slices of bread. £9.95 "The Olympian" - 2 eggs, 2 fried slices, 3 sausage, 3 bacon, chips and hash browns, beans, fried tomatoes, mushrooms, black pudding, tea and 2 slices of bread.Bacon Sandwich: £2.10 Cup of tea / Coffee: £1.00 / £1.20

Parking: lots, but be prepared for gravel with lots of pot holes. It's we compacted but take care especially if it's wet.

Best for bikes: Wednesday nights, Sunday morning and any Brands Hatch Race day. It's just down the road from the circuit.

Wi-Fi: No

The cafe is a no frills traditional transport cafe that also happens to be bike friendly. 

It's very much the typical transport cafe in terms of decor and seating. It a prefab cabin type building in a large unpaved car park. The cafe has seating for around 120 people inside and also has a small amount of seating outside.

Inside it is pretty well worn, but the staff are friendly, helpful and efficient. There are posters and pictures of the Oakdene bikers on the walls and also charity cheques showing the money they raise for the local Kent air ambulance.

The food comes quickly and they are well prepared for busy race days. We visited on a day when the British Super Bike (BSB) race was running at Brands Hatch. Though we cued up to order, the line moved quickly and the food arrived within minutes. The portions are big and the food is hot and tasty, if a little greasy.

They offer a range of breakfasts and a huge menu of meals and other fair including, homemade Lasagne, cakes, crisps, chocolate and biscuits. They even sell a range of magazines, handy if you are visiting on your own.

The standard breakfast was more than enough for Alisa and the Special was perfect for me. You would need a massive appetite to try the Olympian...maybe next time.

"The Special" Breakfast and  "The Standard" Breakfast

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