A freelance writer living with my family in glorious Newcastle. I love up-cycling, re-cycling and if I'm desperate, bi-cycling.
Published August 2nd 2013
Two wheeled transportation does not regularly figure in my daily mix... until now.
In the midst of industrial Wickham exists a happy medium where motorcycle meets coffee. Part Cafe, part motorcycle repair shop, the Wickham Motorcycle Co. was born from a pronounced passionate vision and commitment for great quality. It stands as a successful landmark within walking distance from the Wickham railway station and west Honeysuckle Drive.
The Wickham Motorcycle Co. feels uber cool (but not in a way that makes you feel excluded) with its warehouse digs. Add in graffiti inspired walls, retro furnishings and motorcycle paraphenalia including several impressive display bikes and you have something quite unique and exciting for Newcastle. The cafe area is large with a different array of lounges and tables to suit most types. When we arrived there was a community group taking up a large area. However there was plenty of tables to spare and room for us to sit by ourselves.
The Motorcycle Co. has a small kids play area for toddlers at the back of the warehouse.
The coffee is of a great standard and roasted locally by Stephen Frame. The cafe aims to provide the best coffee in Newcastle and it's definitely up there. The food is excellent. We just had morning tea with coffee, but the fruit sourdough toast was one of the best I've tasted and I highly recommend the sweet stuff. A commitment to high quality food by the chef and owners is obvious. More reason to delight in this phenomenon.
Breakfast is all day and ranges from $5 for sourdough toasts through to $17.50 for the Big Breakfast. Lunch is $9.50 to $16. There is a kids menu.
Every second Saturday, the Wickham Motorcycle Co. puts on a high tea, but you have to get in quick before places sell out.
Of course the cafe is married to the motorcycle repair workshop so if you are in need of repair, this is indeed the place - just drop off your bike and chill with a coffee or tea. However this joint seems like the ideal destination for cycling enthusiasts in general or in fact for anyone, large enough as a meeting point for you and many friends. Importantly, whether you walk, ride or drive, customers feel welcome no matter what and the menu ensures the trip is worth it.