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Filling stations for drivers

Detour reveals Britain’s best independent roadside cafés and diners

Mark Moran
06 January 2023
The Filling Station, Keswick, Cumbria
Classic diner fayre
Classic diner fayre


Making a stop for food and refreshment on a British road trip does not have to mean fast food chains and high prices.

Detour, a road trip guide site (detour-roadtrips.com), has scoured the country to seek out the very best small, independent roadside cafés and diners and shortlisted ten excellent eateries that would be make a perfect pit stop.

From Cornwall to Scotland, via London, Wales, Kent, Cumbria, the Peak District, Norfolk and Northamptonshire Detour has discovered ten of the very best classic greasy spoons, biker hangouts, truck stops, vegan cafes and even bookshops.

Each different to the chains that dominate Britain’s roads, these venues will not necessarily receive famous guidebook recommendations or become social media sensations. Instead, they are all independently owned and aimed at everyday people, with warm service and food that's subsistent, freshly made, tasty and high in quality — perfect for filling up before continuing your journey.

“Detour exists to celebrate the romance of the road trip – to take the longer way, said Detour’s founder Nik Berg. “And where you pause on your journey is as important as the route itself. That’s why we sought out the best independent eateries to make your next Great British road trip even more memorable.”

Detour’s top 10 roadside cafés

  1. The Yonderman Café, Buxton, Derbyshire
  2. The Ace Café, London
  3. Aberfeldy Watermill Bookshop & Café, Aberfeldy
  4. The Airport Café, Ashford, Kent
  5. Harry’s Café at Fowlers, Bristol, Avon
  6. Super Sausage Café, Northamptonshire
  7. Route 11 Attleborough, Norfolk
  8. The Filling Station, Keswick, Cumbria
  9. Hell’s Mouth Coffee House, Cornwall
  10. Ty Medi, Machynlleth, Wales

To discover more visit https://detour-roadtrips.com/home/britains-best-roadside-cafes-amp-diners

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