The full story is here: http://londonbikers.com/forums/869407/rioting-rob-rides-to-rye-and-beyond-rideout-1892011
I got a puncture on our ride out which wrote off the tyre. Forutnatley it only deflated in their carpark. They were able to replace the tyre and get me on my way even though they were very busy and it was a Sunday. They even moved a few things around so I could be on the road quicker. People who were stopping at the adjacent cafe seemed to be on first name terms with most of the staff which was a good sign. Yes the tyre would have been cheaper at Essential Rubber but that was about 130 miles away and I was going no where.