Ace Cafe recognised as a transport heritage site

11 September 2019

Image of Brent Civic Centre in Wembley

A ‘red wheel’ was presented to the Ace Cafe this weekend, a famous transport cafe in Stonebridge, recognising its contribution to the history of transport.

The Transport Trust award red wheels to sites which are shown to have special value, bringing the places to the attention of a wider audience. The Ace Cafe is one of just 116 sites to receive one of these plaques across the whole UK.

Catering to motorbikes, cars and rock ‘n’ roll, the Ace Cafe first opened its doors in 1938 as a service area for the new North Circular Road surrounding London. Since then, it has grown in popularity and is now known all over the world. Following on from the iconic original cafe in Brent, Ace venues can now also be found in Beijing, Barcelona and Florida, amongst many others across the globe.

Earlier this week, after the Ace Cafe’s annual reunion weekend, the Managing Director Mark Wilsmore was presented with a Certificate of Appreciation by Brent Council representatives including: Leader of Brent Council, Cllr Muhammed Butt; Cabinet Member for Public Health, Culture and Leisure, Cllr Krupesh Hirani; Cllr Arshad Mahmood; and Chief Executive, Carolyn Downs.

Loyal supporter and regular visitor to the Ace Cafe, Ace Rocker, said:

“The Ace Cafe is a brilliant place with a great atmosphere and the feel good factor. It takes you back to the 60s where everybody helps each other and I’d recommend it to anybody.”

Cllr Krupesh Hirani, Brent Council’s Cabinet Member for Public Health, Culture and Leisure, said:

“The Ace Cafe is a renowned cultural destination which has been attracting visitors to Brent for over 80 years.

“I’m incredibly proud to have it here in the borough and we’re looking forward to working with them as part of Brent’s London Borough of Culture 2020 programme and seeing what we can create together.”

To learn more about the red wheels scheme, visit the Transport Trust’s website.