The Golden Sausage: Help us find Bri­tain’s best biker café

Great food and fa­cil­i­ties make this gem stand out as a unique biker cafž

Motorcycle News (UK) - - Contents - By Justin Hayzelden MCN ROV­ING RE­PORTER 88/100 Harry’s Café, at Fowlers, Bris­tol, BS4 3DR

The south west is blessed with its fair share of fan­tas­tic roads so we de­cided to take a blast across Bod­min Moor to drop in on the fine folk at Corn­wall’s Chequered Flag Café. This unique pit stop lies on the north­bound car­riage­way of the A38 just short of Liskeard and is easy to spot from the road.

To say the Chequered Flag is a biker-themed café does it a disservice – it’s more a mul­ti­pur­pose fa­cil­ity de­signed with mo­tor­cy­clists in mind. There’s a hel­met park in­side each door, some­where to hang your kit, USB points for phone charg­ing, free-to-use li­brary with stacks of Haynes man­u­als, a TV and even a fully kit­ted work­shop!

“We’re all about the peo­ple,” says Rob Part­ing­ton who co-owns the Chequered Flag with his wife, Karen. “If you’ve got wet gloves you can dry them out and if you want to bor­row span­ners you can. If some­one wants to do a spe­cific job, they can even rent a work­bench.”

The at­ten­tion to de­tail runs through to the menu. Break­fasts range from Cruiser to Mini Moto de­pend­ing on size, while burg­ers have names such as Street Triple and Gold Wing. We had a yard­stick sausage sand­wich and were more than im­pressed. Over­all the Chequered Flag of­fers good, hon­est food in an en­vi­ron­ment that’s com­pletely re­flects the world of bik­ing. We’ve not seen an­other road­side café like it.

“It’s the Ace Cafe of the south west,” says reg­u­lar Spike Hughes. “There’s am­ple park­ing, great food, and you can even have a brew while your bike’s be­ing ser­viced!”

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