The bikers tea hut, or as some know or have know it as “Mins” “Berts” or “Popsie’s” and now “Bradleys” hut is an iconic part or biker lifestyle not just in the Essex area but also much further afield.
It has always been a fairly neutral place as far as any different bike groups go and that just shows how much the location and venue is valued. Ranging from chop riders to sports bikers, tourers to scooters all have been welcome and all have found a place to meet and socialise catered for by a family that have been happy to accept all for who they are.
The wider spread of social groups that are as equally important as the bikers range from cyclists and horse riders to pensioners to parents with their kids. All have found a place to regularly meet up in the open air to enjoy the forest and the tea hut as it is regardless of the weather and time of year.
This place is unique in its various cliques and is a wide spread and diverse community of various people where there is very little if not any trouble compared to other such meeting establishments such as pubs.
There are regular runs that support charity such as the Easter egg run for children and also special runs such as the unity rides after the London bombings that all started from this hut.
The prices are kept as low as they can and a wide range of food is served along with a decent cup of tea or coffee. Considering running water and electric has never been allowed or provided by the City of London this hut does a good job with the facilities it has.
Many people (myself included) feel that without this hut in its current format providing food and drinks at the low prices that the community that exists will be broken, it will not continue.
The “posh coffee” shop style catering facilities that are the current trend of the area is not what this place is about. Some people simply will not be able to afford it whilst others will not want to be part of that style of environment.
The corporate greed mentality and bid to style the forest in what seems to be a country park style vision is wrong. It will break an established community, deter hundreds if not thousands of regular forest users and be the end of an established family business that has supported and been supported by us the people, the users of the Forest.
The City of London in my opinion has a duty to keep the forest on behalf of the people for its use and enjoyment. Thousands of people have seen our Facebook page within 12 hours of it going live and thousands have liked what we said.
Be prepared for a fight City of London as this place is dear to many people and we will not go quietly.