This is one weekend I had been looking forward to for a while. My first trip to the famous Ace Café! I’d heard about the Ace through the Farnborough Aldershot Bikers Facebook group, and my Harley Davidson rider friend, Pete, who had invited me to ride up there with him.

So after telling a friend of mine (Connie) about the Ace, she was interested in going up there and experiencing it for herself, which also gave my girlfriend (Sam) someone to travel with.

So when 10am (or thereabouts) on Sunday rolled around we set off for the Ace Cafe, taking a lovely back-route past my work, up via Heathrow and out toward the Ace. The thing I’ve realized about riding with someone on a Harley as big as Pete’s, is that I can’t even hear my bike over the noise of his… Suddenly my little 125 seems even smaller. #BikeEnvy

Route: Farnborough to the Ace Café via Chobham & Heathrow, Londford (125 friendly)

So what is the Ace? Put simply, its a Biker’s Café. Probably ‘the’ biker’s Café for London. They do tea, coffee, bacon sandwiches, all-day breakfasts, milkshakes and even ice creams. What more could a biker ask for after a nice ride up there? Well, they also do events, ride-outs and theme nights. Oh, and its PACKED with bikers!

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When we go there we had a quick look around the bikes to see what was there. It seemed to be a scrambler/dirt bike day as there were a lot of bikes fitting that description there, however there were plenty of sports bikes, a few super bikes, a few cruisers, and various others. Not many Harley Davidson’s (only two that I saw) but there were some very large Honda cruisers with fantastic paintwork!

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We then retired to the Café for a well deserved mug of tea and bacon sandwiches or cakes all round! Perfect! Beautifully tasty bacon sandwich with a generous helping of brown sauce, and a sampling of Sam’s chocolate cake (we both highly recommend the cakes! They’re really light and fluffy, and tasted great!)

Unfortunately Connie had to head off for an appointment, so Sam caught a ride back with her in the car, but not until after Connie had paid a visit to the Ace Café shop for the mandatory t-shirt.


Pete and I stayed a while longer to have a good look around the bikes, and to give me the opportunity to snap a few photos. Then we popped back in for another hot beverage before making the run back to Farnborough, this time back to the A30 (past Royal Holloway).

All in all, an absolutely fantastic day out, a great 75 miles of experience, and a great first experience of somewhere that I’m sure I’ll be returning to in the near future!

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Tristan Findley

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Tristan is an IT Professional, Photographer and motorcycle enthusiast. Working full-time as a Systems Administrator for Royal Holloway, but running his own photography company, and the occasional IT Contract. Tristan has been riding motorcycles since 2016, and is the original author of "My First Motorcycle", the forerunner to this site. He built it with the intention of providing a resource to those interested in riding, and to give something back to the community that had helped get him started in the world of motorcycles.

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