Scones and span­ners

More than a café… this Cor­nish venue helps you work on your bike too

Motorcycle News (UK) - - Riding - By Justin Hayzelden

The Che­quered Flag Café opened its doors just 18 months ago and in the short time since has grown to be a hub for Corn­wall’s bik­ing com­mu­nity. Lo­cated on the A38 be­tween Ply­mouth and Liskeard, this ‘Ace of the South West’ is eas­ily ac­ces­si­ble from both di­rec­tions and is a must stop for any­one ex­plor­ing this part of the coun­try.

For own­ers Robin and Karen Part­ing­ton it’s all about the peo­ple; by find­ing out what bik­ers want they’ve cre­ated a unique des­ti­na­tion that is so much more than a café. Be­yond the Tourer, Cruiser or Mini Moto break­fasts (de­pend­ing on your ap­petite) of the largely dairy and gluten free menu, there’s a li­brary stacked with all man­ner of bik­ere­lated ti­tles plus a TV and Go­pro player for rider train­ing groups to carry out post ride de­briefs.

The at­ten­tion to de­tail is some­thing to be­hold, but what re­ally makes Che­quered Flag stand out is the DIY com­mu­nity work­shop. A slot costs just £20 an hour, which cov­ers use of the ramp, a full range of tools and, should it be re­quired, Robin’s in­valu- able en­gi­neer­ing ex­pe­ri­ence. Train­ing is avail­able for those who want to learn the ba­sics, such as check­ing oil, ad­just­ing chains or bleed­ing brakes and if you break down or are have the need for fet­tling on the fore­court then tools, tie wraps and tape are avail­able for use free of charge – just be sure to pop in to the café for some cof­fee and cake when you’re good to go. The selfser­vice bike wash is soon to be equipped with its own ramp which will prove a god­send for any­one with dodgy knees, a bad back or who sim­ply don’t en­joy grov­el­ling on the floor.

Women rid­ers are es­pe­cially wel­come and en­cour­aged to en­gage via spe­cific main­te­nance cour­ses and a ded­i­cated cloth­ing sec­tion; there’s even a seam­stress on the team to en­sure that kit pur­chased has the per­fect fit.

Bike night is ev­ery other Satur­day from 7-10pm, but Che­quered Flag hold a va­ri­ety of events through­out the year and are al­ways open to any­one who wants to hold one of their own.

Chairs from old oil drums. How good is that?

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