Loomies Moto Café is one of the Go-to destinations for riders south of London. It’s idyllic location in the Meon Valley makes it a scenic destination, and a perfect stop-off for riders going to or coming from Portsmouth.
Loomies (as far as I can find out) opened in 2007 where it quickly became a popular biker destination. Fast-forward to 2014, and this now thriving biker destination was looking like it was going to close. With the lease up and a recent robbery, the owners decided they were indeed going to shutter the establishment. That is when two bikers,Paul Fullick and William Bainborough,stepped in to save it. Today, Loomies is still a popular destination with bikers, bike enthusiasts and the general public.
Loomies offers good menu choices, as long as you like something akin to a fry-up. Burgers, bacon, sausages and eggs are all on the menu in abundance, and all are freshly prepared by skilled kitchen staff in the open-front kitchen.
When ordering you will be given a ticket with a number, and the numbers announced by the staff inside before being read out via a tannoy so those outside can enter to fetch their food.
During busy times, a 20-40 minute wait for food can be expected, though often it isn’t that long.
Drinks are the standard tea and coffee affair, with the famous Loomies Milk Jug being a stumbling point for most visitors. If you cannot work out how to operate it, just ask for the Loomies MIlk Jug manual, or watch something in front of you struggle.
When heading to Loomies, watch out along the A32 south-bound (North of Loomies) and the A272 west-bound (East of Loomies from Petersfield) as the police love setting up speed traps to catch bikers. A particular favourite of theirs is along the A32 at Farringdon, not far from the BMW MotoRad dealership.
When you get to Loomies, it is recommended to let pillions off just inside the entrance. It is pretty wide so there should be plenty of room for other bikers to circumnavigate you. If you park up on the immediate left of the entrance, watch out for the slightly weird camber on the bays nearest the sign, as they slope down towards the main entrance, and people have reportedly dropped bikes.
There is a small undercover section on the left of Loomies (just beyond the entrance) which occasionally has a bike or two parked up in it. Generally it is only suitable for one or two smaller bikes, and I’m not sure the owners particularly like bikes being parked here, though it is a good place to shelter your pride and joy from the rain and other elements.
Lastly, there is almost zero cellphone signal at Loomies. There is in-house Wifi, however it is via a rather unreliable connection and doesn’t always work. When you go to Loomies, expect to be out of contact, and with no access to data services. If you rely on Google Maps or other internet-based SatNav systems, plan accordingly. The one place that I’ve personally found signal (at least on the Three network) is to the left of the building at the very back on the grass where the picnic benches are generally located, but this might not work for everyone.
Loomies Moto Café is located in the Meon Valley at the crossroads between the A32 and the A272. You can find it in Google Maps here.
Loomies is a very popular stopping location for riders on the way to Portsmouth via the Meon Valley. It is a good place to get a hearty breakfast before continuing your ride.
Loomies is also a popular spot for rideouts, with the biggest probably being the Brighton Burnout rideout.