Pit Stop – The View Cafe
Author Chris Bond
The View Café, within the Chilterns Gateway Centre, (Dunstable Road, Whipsnade LU6 2GY), is a pleasant environment with allotted motorcycle parking and guaranteed delicious, homemade bakes.
The spacious Cafe, fitted with large tables that are spread out, makes bringing in all motorcycle gear easy and comfortable. There is room to spread out helmets, gloves and jackets across seats and there is no need to worry about people knocking them as they walk past!
Additionally, on busy days, eagle-eyed staff are always about to clear tables and facilitate any of your needs.
Table service is not offered, but queues aren’t very long and on the rare day that they are, they move quickly and efficiently. As a National Trust site, baked goods are always guaranteed and certainly have my seal of approval. A personal favourite is the sausage roll or the flapjack. Reasonably priced for the decently sized portions, the food is good and what I consider to be, perfect ‘pick-me-up’ fuel in the cold. A variety of hot and cold drinks are also on offer, although the hot chocolate tends to be my ‘go-to’. This is made from water rather than milk, which is a shame, but the marshmallows and cream disguise it rather well. The coffee is descent. The staff are incredibly friendly.
The View Cafe also has motorcycle parking! At the far end on the car park, on the right and under a cover, there are about 6 motorcycles bays which are slightly more protected from the elements, this is greatly appreciated.
A final comment: although it is an easily accessible place for a good bite to eat and quick warm up, this is not like other National Trust tea rooms which are delightfully cosy and expose the wonders of their sites within. This is a modern building, that caters for many, is often packed during bank holidays, school holidays and some weekends. Be prepared for a flurry of children and families who often spend their weekends flying their kites outside.
Originally posted 2018-03-18 22:48:10.