Coffee and cake are just as important as carbon fibre, so here’s our pick of Britain’s many and varied cycling cafes

Coffee and cycling go hand in hand, cake and cycling go hand in hand and cycle cafés are the perfect place to enjoy this happy trio.

Whether for tourers, mountain bikers, fitness buffs or hipsters, whether you want somewhere to stop en route on a weekend ride or you just fancy coffee and cake while looking at bike stuff and/or cyclists, here’s our pick of some of the best out there.

If we’ve missed out your favourite cycling café or you’ve enjoyed a visit to one of our listed establishments, then tell us in the comment box below.

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  • chaithecat

    Cinnamon Cafe in Windsor, the most Lycra friendly.

  • rockets and rascals

    Rockets And Rascals in Lilliput Poole Dorset is a great stop on the way to or from the Sandbanks Ferry , the gateway to the Purbeck hills !

  • Chris Ellis

    Cycleccino, Portland, Dorset. Enjoy a cat. 4 climb up Portland hill, followed by a fine coffee and fantastic cake.

  • Andrea Gibb

    How can you not have The Bank View Cafe at Langsett! S36 4GY

  • James Lofthouse

    dunnies aka wharfe view cafe has closed

  • Torch Rider

    The new Rockets and Rascals in Lilliput Poole is great! We love the coffee and cake – and the guys know their bikes. Looking forward to attending their mechanic evenings in the coming weeks. Well done Rockets! Don’t see it on your map though?

  • There needs to be more cycling pubs #justsaying

  • Steve L

    Sadly, Dunnies closed earlier this year. The best cafe hereabouts (I think) is the cafe in Burnsall. Good portions, excellent cakes and cheap – what more do you need?

  • Shaun

    Cafe Velo, Beverley, E. Yorks, hot and cold food, not forgetting cakes!! Take your bike in and hang it on the wall while you sit and watch old race re-runs etc.

  • Dylan Jones

    There’s also the coffee and cake stop at Alf Jones Cycles in Gresford as well as OnePlanet Adventure in Llandegla

  • Si Jasper

    1) JJ’s cafe, walk mill, just south of Burnley on the road to Bacup – but it get’s busy – for a good reason.
    2) Townley Hall cafe – about half a mile south of Burnley in the grounds of the hall – nice & warm in winter!
    3) Fettlers Wharf in Rufford marina north from Ormskirk ( check map for Rufford )

    I could go on….all the above are worthwhile visiting

  • Babs Grant

    Old Corn Mill Antiques Bretherton Nr Preston . Vintage Tea Room (Under new management)
    Fab place great coffee good menu from breakfast had poached eggs yum!.

    Homemade cakes Gluten free cake and bread tooo .

    Well worth a visit will not be dissapointed .

  • marion curnow

    Bissoe Bike Hire Café in the Bissoe Valley near Truro Cornwall.Great café on the coast to coast trail from Portreath to Point in Cornwall. Great food and great cycle atmosphere.Home to One and All Cycle Club and Youth Academy.

  • Gavin

    The Picnic in Killyleagh – cafe stop for the Dave Kane Cycles chain gang. After 2-3 hours hanging onto Mark Kane (World/ Olympic and Commenwealth Cyclist), the fine coffee and outstanding cakes and buns are most welcome

  • Graham Ricketts

    The Hub in Redbourn, great coffee and cake and you can get your bike fixed at the same time

  • Adam Bayliss

    Coming soon to Dorset will be Cycleccino. In the meantime they are are online selling their own awesome brand of coffee, as well as cycle spares.

  • Gareth Williams

    Jo Jo’s café on Whitstable sea front. Lovely cake and very lovely female staff, always a pleasure to visit. Highly recommended.

  • Rob Fielding

    I know a lovely cafe in Church Stretton, Shropshire called ‘ Ginger and Green Coffee House……..cant recommend it enough. Just watch the stairs as you enter if you’re wearing cleats!!!!! Great coffee, out of this world cakes etc……Great to carbo-load before you tackle the Burway!

  • Richard A Thackeray

    I have 3 to offer;

    1. ‘Dunnies’ (aka ‘Wharfe View Cafe’) a long established cafe in Otley, near the River Wharfe.
    Well known to cyclists, walkers, hikers, motor-bikers.

    A large menu, & huge portions

    it used to be said that it was nigh on impossible to eat £5 worth of a main-course there
    Prices are low
    Eg; last time I was there, I got Meat Pie (proper ‘baking tray’ made!), ‘proper’ Chips, peas. Pint of tea. Rhubarb Crumble & Custard for about £4.20!!!!!!!

    2. ‘Squires’ just outside of Sherburn-in-Elmet
    Ostensibly a motor-bike cafe, but well worth a visit
    There’s generally a lot of machinery to look at, whether you like Jap, Harleys, Ducatis, or brit-bikes!!
    Just be aware of the bikers on the approaching roads, as they lean into corners

    3. ‘Oil Can Cafe’
    Hepworth (near Jackson Bridge & Holmfirth)
    Not had the pleasure of this one yet, btu have told others about it, & they’ve enjoyed it immensely!!
    It’s in an old weaving shed, & share the premises with a classic-car restorer, who exhibits the work in the cafe!!!

    Hope they meet requirements??, & empty bellies??

  • Andrew Head

    try the dalesman cafe at Gargrave !!olde english tuck shop type with plenty of fayre- Top Cafe and a favorite of many cyclists in the area !!

  • Jonathan Turner

    The Artisan – Eccleshall. If you don’t know where it is then your missing the best riding in Staffordshire !

  • Vera Marsden
    Debbies Cafe on the island of Islay Scotland. Excellent coffee and homemade stuff on a beautiful island with easy cycling and an annual cycling event-

  • Peter Harrison

    Quite simply the Blacksmiths Coffee shop in Belsay, Northumberland. The best food ever and possibly the most helpful and attractive staff in the UK

  • Michael

    Two of the best and most frequented cafe’s in Northumberland are Belsay Cafe and Elsdon Cafe – and have been for at least 25 years

  • Patricia Davies

    Anyone know of any café stops that sell gluten-free cake or biccies? If so, I’m heading out there right now; I’m fed up with missing out!

  • Richard S

    The Green Jersey in Clitheroe. Its more of a bike shop but it sells nice coffee and cakes so I suppose it qualifies.

  • Tusher

    Corrieri’s in Bridge of Allan/ Stirling. Great Tuscan food, friendly service, a centre for cyclists for years.

  • Mr B

    You forgot the best one…

    Rapha Cycle Club, Soho…

  • Samuel

    why’s the the Mud Dock cafe in Bristol not on this list? I go to loads of their events and the food is great! Add them on please

  • JeffGoldblumIII

    I hope things have since changed, but when I went into Zappi’s a few years ago, although Flavio was a nice guy and very interesting to talk to, his service was very poor and there was little on offer.

  • Jamie Chisholm

    I think you guys need to come and check out the ‘award winning’ Bike Beans Cycle Cafe in Ashtead,Surrey !

    Featured recently in Cycling Plus and Cycling Active.

    Would be great to talk to you about a number of ‘leading edge’ initiatives we are getting involved in.

    Feel free to pop in or give me a call on 01372 272855


  • Alan Rowen

    And in Shrewsbury (Shropshire) there is a coffee shop at Stans Cycles just over the English Bridge in Wyle Cop ( ).

  • Robert

    Siempre Bicycle Cafe in Partick, Glasgow! A new one but great, showing all the major races, great food with a workshop and shop.

  • David Griffiths

    There is one glaring omission from this list – Siempre Bicycle Cafe in Glasgow – check it out! @SiempreCafeBar

  • charlie

    The tea rooms at Byland Abbey in North Yorkshire – if you’ve just climbed Sutton Bank, come off the North York Moors or been rampaging in the nearby forests, this is the place to rest and re-fuel… and enjoy some fantastic scenery too.