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Detour reveals Britain’s best independent roadside cafés and diners

posted on 01/12/2022

Making a stop for food and refreshment on a British road trip doesn’t have to mean fast food chains and high prices.

Detour, the road trip guide site (, 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 defiantly different to the chains that dominate Britain’s roads, these venues won't necessarily receive famous guidebook recommendations or become social media sensations. Instead, they're 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 ten are:

The Yonderman Café, Buxton, Derbyshire

The Ace Café, London

Aberfeldy Watermill Bookshop & Café, Aberfeldy

The Airport Café, Ashford, Kent

Harry’s Café at Fowlers, Bristol, Avon

Super Sausage Café, Northamptonshire

Route 11 Attleborough, Norfolk

The Filling Station, Keswick, Cumbria

Hell’s Mouth Coffee House, Cornwall

Ty Medi, Machynlleth, Wale

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