Wessons - Britain's Biker Cafes
Address: High street, Horam, Heathfield, East Sussex, TN21 OER
Monday: 07:00 – 16:00
Tuesday: 07:00 – 16:00
Wednesday: 07:00 – 16:00
Thursday: 07:00 – 16:00
Friday: 07:00 – 16:00
Weekends and Bank holidays: 09:00 – 16:00
Price guide: (February 2015)
Breakfast: £5.50 'The Breckie’ 2 bacon, 2 sausage, egg, baked beans or tomatoes, slice of bread and butter, and a mug of tea or coffee.
Bacon sandwich: £2.80
Mug of tea or instant coffee: £1.20 (real coffees available)
Parking: There's plenty of parking out back for bikes and also out front, but the front is on a fairly steep slope.
Wi-Fi: Yes, Free
Opened since 2000 Wessons is a family run cafe. Unlike many other 'biker' cafe destinations it's not a transport cafe, but a village cafe frequented by a mix of locals as well as the many cyclists and bikers who make the most of the local country roads. As such it's probably one of the cosiest and friendliest 'biker' cafes that I've been to and one I visit on a regular basis. Wessons is situated in the village of Horam, East Sussex and is within easy reach of London, 55 miles or one and a half hours from London Bridge, central London. This makes so ideal for a breakfast or brunch ride out, especially if you live in the south of London.
The cafe is Busy on weekends (Sunday is the busiest day for motorbikes), and even on a weekday if you arrive at lunch time or of the weather is good.
The food is a mix of fry-ups and regular meals, as well as cakes, snacks and chocolates. The portions are substantial and the food is good and not at all greasy. The kitchen moved quickly so there's no hanging around and there's plenty of tables and seats inside and outside to handle the crowds. There's a number of large tables, and on busy days you may end up sharing with others. Therefore, it's a social place and you'll get the chance to meet other bikers.
As bikes are a mainstay of the business, the cafe also sells some biking accoutrements, gloves, t-shirts, leathers etc. and also tends to have a couple of custom bikes on display from local builders or their own workshop situated just behind the cafe. There are British biking photos and memorabilia on the walls so plenty to check out if you are visiting on a solo ride.
If you are in the neighbourhood be sure to make a visit. If the weather is cold you can always combine it with other southeast tea stops such as Route 1066 cafe, the Madeira Cafe in Brighton or even Loomies.