Biker Friendly

Here at the Old Cider House we pride ourselves on offering a friendly home from home service to our big bike guests. We have our own gated car park so you can park up and leave your bike out of site for the night. We are fully licensed and offer a fixed menu in our cosy dining room (see food page for details) and even have our own on site micro–brewery. Alternatively you can dine out at one of the friendly village pubs in Nether Stowey, without having to worry about drinking and driving.

The Old Cider House is located in the village of Nether Stowey just off the A39 between Bridgwater and Minehead. The A39 offers some of the best scenic views in the West Country as the route winds it’s way along the north coast of Somerset and on into Devon. Let’s not forget Porlock Hill famous for it’s 1:4 meandering climb up onto the slopes of Exmoor. Take care on the moors however as you are likely to meet sheep and Exmoor ponies who often stray onto the road when least expected.

If you fancy getting off the main A’ roads why not turn right out of the Old Cider House and take the old coach road over the Quantock Hills to Crowcombe. The Quantocks were the first area to be designated an AONB (Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty) in England. Once on the top there are lots of parking places where you can take in the tremendous views across the Bristol Channel to Wales and over to Dunkery Beacon, the highest point on Exmoor.

Great Local Rides

As recommended by users of Bestbikingroads.com

Local Bike Shops

‘Just in case you have left a vital accessory at home, or heaven forbid, something falls off while you are here!

Local Biker Friendly Cafes

Bridgwater

  •  Riders of Bridgwater – Wylds Road, Bridgwater just off the A38 Bristol Road. A popular meeting point amongst the biking fraternity especially at weekends in the summer. They have their own café inside the showrooms.

Nether Stowey

  •  Cricketer Farm Shop & Café Nether Stowey – next to Cricketer Cheese on junction A39 & St Mary Street, Nether Stowey. Own large car park.
  •  Quantock Tea Rooms – Within the Post Office in Nether Stowey, junction of Lime Street and Castle Street. Limited parking but public car park 200 yards away.http://www.quantocktearoom.co.uk/

Kilve

  •  The Chantry Tea Rooms – Located within a medieval chapel and garden close to the sea on Sea Lane just off A39. Own car park.

Watchet

Blue Anchor

  •  Driftwood Café – ‘Everyone friendly’ café facing the sea on Blue Anchor Bay Road (B3191). Worth a diversion off the A39 – Good parking along the sea front except in high season.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jT79CsvYYMs

These are just a few of our favourite local cafes, there are others along the A39 and the odd burger van if you are desperate for a cuppa!

Petrol Filling Stations

Plenty to be found in Bridgwater, Minehead and Taunton, but once you get out of town they can be few and far between.

  • Greenway Garage (Pace), Quantock Road Bridgwater. On A39, junction of Quantock Road and Skimmerton Lane west of Bridgwater.
  • Gulliford’s, St Mary Street, Nether Stowey, in the village of Nether Stowey just off A39.
  • St Audries Service Station (Murco), West Quantoxhead, TA4 4DN. Located on A39 Just west of The Windmill pub.
  • Williton Filling Station (Shell) 8 Fore Street Williton, TA4 4PX. Located on A39 close to junction with A358
  • Roadwater Garage (Independant) Roadwater TA23 0RG. In the village of Roadwater near Washford.http://www.roadwatergarage.co.uk/fuel-petrol-diesel
  • Mount Street Garage (Murco) Mount Street, Bishop’s Lydeard, TA4 3LH. Located in the village of Bishop’s Lydeard just off the A358.