Following on from my recent article about the Raven Cafe at Prees Heath, I have had cause to revisit the premises so I can now add Part II to the Blog.
Following the R.A.F.A. Egg Run, which finished at RAF Cosford, a group of 6 bikes left the aircraft museum at about 2.10 pm after leaving our donated Easter Eggs with the RAF staff at the event.
Some of our group had managed to queue for food supplied by the vendors at the event. Others, however, had already agreed to return to the Wings and make for Prees Heath for another visit to The Raven Cafe.
It was a close run thing but we pulled onto the car park just as a member of staff was starting to close the front door. He kindly waited until we were inside before shutting the door to new customers, saying it was not quite 3 o’clock when we walked in.
We were very quickly served with our meals, which consisted of standard breakfast items and sat down, when the staff came from behind the counter and sat down to the same meal as we were having.
I have to say that the meal – a standard full English – was very good indeed, coming with fried bread and bread and butter, and the obligatory mug of tea or coffee. One of our group, a visiting Californian who we were showing around, was suitably impressed with the meal he received, and will take a good memory back to the States with him.
I was quite surprised with the steady stream of bikers who pulled in the car-park looking for meals and finding the door closed. It may well have been unusual due to reasonable weather, and also the extra daylight hour with the clocks going forward bringing more bikers out.
Having finished our meal leisurely, as the staff were in no rush with their own meal, we were able to dress up in our gear and leave via the side door. Even as we were leaving there were still more bikers arriving onto the car-park in search of a meal. They had just come from around the corner where the other cafe – The Midway Truck Stop – was situated, having found that shut as well.
I do think that one or the other, if not both of these cafes, would not lose money by remaining open for an extra hour.
As for the Midway Truck Stop, that cafe will be visited as part of our tour of biker eating places and a report will be produced at the first opportunity.