How a breakers’ yard spawned a thriving meeting spot down south
Brilliant biking venue is a cracking place to visit
Stealthily located within an industrial business centre close to the heart of Maidstone is one of the friendliest hangouts in the southeast, the Reca Community Biker Café.
Owned and operated by the endlessly energetic Rick Evans, this increasingly popular venue came about by something of an evolution; “I’d set up a motorcycle breakers’ in the unit opposite with the idea of trading through ebay,” says Rick. “It was tough work as I was mainly on my own, but over time I started getting regulars popping in and hanging around. This was great, but they were drinking all my tea and coffee, so I said, ‘OK, if you want to come down and hang out, bring a pint of milk or put 50p in the pot’. At some point someone suggested making bacon sandwiches and it wasn’t much longer before I’d set up some tables and the breakers’ had become a café!”
When the opportunity arose to move into the current, larger premises Rick enlisted the help of the community that had grown around him and within six days they’d renovated a damp, mouldy and dilapidated unit into the thriving rendezvous that it is today. It’s not just biker friendly – it’s built by bikers, for bikers and of course, run by bikers.
Although it’s a popular destination for various groups, Rick also has the individual very much in mind. “Noone is excluded and we aim to welcome everyone. If you’re new to biking come down and order a tea – chances are you won’t be sitting alone for long and if you don’t know anyone when you arrive, by the time you leave you will. By the second visit you’ll be hooked up on Facebook and making arrangements for rideouts, that’s pretty much how things work down here.”
Beyond the café there are live music nights featuring anything from mod bands that see an army of scooters turn up to acoustic sets for those who prefer things a little more mellow.
If you’re in the southeast, Reca is definitely worth the ride!
‘Chances are you won’t be sitting alone for long’
Big bike, 125, custom… whatever you ride you’re welcome