First opened in 1954, Squires Bradburys Milk Bar was located
in a small town of Sherburn-in-Elmet, North Yorkshire. It
was during this time that the café became firmly established as
a biker’s café.
The Squires Cafe became more and more popular over the years
with biker’s travelling to the cafe from all over Yorkshire, the
North of England and all parts of the UK, traditionally meeting
on a Wednesday evening. For many years a Wednesday night in Sherburn became an awesome site, with bikers descending on the
small town, motorbikes of all makes and sizes as far as the eye
could see, with Squires Milk Bar at the centre.
By 1961 Harry Weston, a young apprentice butcher in his family
business, was a keen biker and a regular at Squires, where he
met with friends and listened to the Juke Box in the corner
churning out rock and roll. It was during 1972 that Squires
Bradbury and his wife, after nearly 20 years at the cafe,
decided to sell their business and retire. Harry Weston, by this
time, had a butchers shop in Pontefract. When Harry (now married
to his wife Sue), saw the for sale sign above Squires they
became interested in buying the business. It was in 1974 that
Harry and Sue purchased the Squires Cafe Bar. With the ever
increasing popularity of the café it was in 2002 that the
present Newthorpe site just a few miles down the road from
Sherburn was bought. This reduced congestion for bikers and
allowed the good residents of Sherburn to have their town back.
The Weston’s say they have had some wonderful memories of the
old days and the first Squires Milk Bar Cafe in Sherburn Town.
The move in 2002 did not put off any of the old customers, who
quickly adapted to the new venue, and the customer base in fact
is still growing in numbers, thanks mainly to good publicity and
bikers spreading the word. It was at this time that Harry and
Sue were fully joined by their son Jason who helped with the
The busiest days of the week are now on Wednesday and at the
The cafe accommodates regular motorcycle and motorcar club
meetings during the year, along with many other events
including: charity runs, fund raisers, best bike competitions,
shows and live concerts. They also cater for many weddings and
parties, which are held in the large function room and bar area.
This room, which can hold up to 400 people, can be booked in
advance for private functions.
In March 2007, Squires Cafe Bar was purchased by the Bowness
Family which comes from a farming background. Harry and Sue havesince
retired but remain regulars at the cafe.
Recent events held at the Cafe have included shows by famous
sixties bands, the Tremeloes and the Merseybeats, seventies band
T-Rex, and the well known Rock Anthems (who regularly appear at
the TT racing in the Isle of Man). The Yorkshire Rock and Bike
Show is held each year and is a popular event in the Squires
Cafe Bar calendar.
Squires Cafe Bar with its camping facilities (tents and touring
caravans) makes an ideal touring base for the beautiful
In order to accommodate the large numbers of customers, outside
catering facilities are provided which speed up the service
along with an improved layout inside so that customers don’t
have to wait long for their food and drink. Squires Cafe Bar is
especially famous for its pasties and milky coffee and some
customers, Harry included, are impressed that they can arrive by
The Bowness family are dedicated to allowing the history of
Squires Cafe Bar “Milk Bar” to continue, and seek to provide a
friendly and accommodating environment for the bikers who travel
from far and wide, and also for the local residents of Sherburn
in Elmet and the surrounding areas.
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