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.

3CJ Cycle Centre (Birmingham)

Address: 89-91 Longbridge Lane, Longbridge, Birmingham, B31 2UT

Website: www.facebook.com/3cjlongbridge/

Drop in to 3CJ for a full workshop facility and cafe, as well as bike and accessories for sale.

Bike Beans Cycle Cafe (Ashstead)

bike beans cycling cafe

Image: Bike Beans Facebook

Address: 5b Rectory Lane, Ashtead, Surrey, KT21 2BA

Website: www.bikebeans.co.uk

Bike Beans runs led rides, with pasta afterwards, while members (free to join) can log rides straight onto its website.

The cafe itself is taken “very seriously”, with coffee and homemade cakes to tempt non-cyclists too.

With parking and onscreen racing, Bike Beans also provides skills and confidence-building cycle courses.

The Barn (Chilterns)

Address: Turville Heath Farmm, Turville Heath, Nr. Henley-On-Thames, Oxon, RG9 6JY

Address: www.thebarnatturvilleheath.com

Calling itself the ‘no car cafe at the heart of the Chilterns’, here you’ll find home reared menu items with local products and baked goods. A perfect rest stop for all those using the countryside – including cyclists.

Cadence Performance (London)

cycling cafe

Image: Cadence Performance Facebook

Address: 2A Anerley Hill, London SE19 2AA

Website: www.cadenceperformance.com

With bike fitting, fitness tests, coaches, physiotherapy and osteopathy, this is a haven for cyclists. There are indoor cycling sessions, ridden on Wattbikes, and plenty of coffee and cake for refuelling. If you’re after an oil-soaked, feet-up kind of place this is a little on the clinical side, but then again it is a bike clinic.

Dales Bike Centre (Yorkshire)

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The Dales Bike Centre cafe decked out in Le Tour colours

Address: Fremington, Richmond, North Yorkshire, DL11 6AW

Website: www.dalesbikecentre.co.uk

A gateway to road cycling in the Dales with bunkhouse, cafe, hire centre, workshop and a shop with new bikes, ex-hire bikes, clothing and kit. Guided mtb rides, social rides and maps are available to navigate the undulating Dales, along with mtb training.

As for the cafe, it offers cakes, sarnies and soups all made using local produce – along with a great view over the Dales. If you’re looking to make conversation, ask about the time the Tour’s Grand Départ came right past its door in 2014.

Eureka Cafe (Chester)

Address: Parkgate Rd, Two Mills, Chester CH1 6EZ

Website: www.eurekacyclistscafe.co.uk

Serving cyclists since time immemorial, the Eureka Cafe is a hive of road and off-road biking activity, sometimes attracting, according to head honcho Anne Peek, “most of the North-West’s cycling clubs”.

Full City Cycles

Address: London, Leather Lane, EC1N 7TR

Website: www.fullcitycycles.com

Small, hip and mighty, Full City uses every inch of its 3x6m space. With a coffee machine in the corner and no food, it’s takeaway only, though customers of all ilk and age are welcome to stand and chat.

On every surface (and ceiling) there’s pre-loved £200 bikes to £1000+ carbon machines, with custom builds, natch. Incredibly, repairs take place in the same space.

Giro Cycle Cafe (Esher)

Address: 2 High St, Esher KT10 9RT

Website: www.girocycles.com

Giro in Esher is a brightly lit area serving all manner of coffee, cake and lunch options. There’s kit to buy too, and several group rides leaving from the cafe.

Gorilla Cycle Cafe (Birmingham)

Address: 1a Drayton Road, Kings Heath, Birmingham, B14 7LP

Website: www.gorillacoffee.co.uk

With a claim to being Birmingham’s ‘first premium Bicycle cafe’, Gorilla sports a workshop as well as everything you’d expect to eat and drink: coffee, light bites and premium beer, too.

The Hub (St Albans)

Address: Redbourn, Hertfordshire, AL3 7LL

Website: www.hubcoffeebikes.com

‘Coffee bar, cyclist’s refuge and cakes’ – the Hub has people travelling miles just for a cuppa, and it holds occasional events too.  The cafe is part of The Bike Loft – which sells bikes, kit and clothing as well as offering repairs.

London Velo Cycle Cafe (London)

Address: 18 Deptford High Street, Deptford, Lewisham, SE8 4AF

Website: www.ldnvelo.co.uk

A South East London bike shop that offers bike servicing, kit and accessories as well as food and coffee plus events – which have included everything from birthday parties to gigs, maintenance evenings and yoga classes.

Look Mum No Hands! (London)

Look Mum No Hands! host events including cycling speed dating

Look Mum No Hands! host events including cycling speed dating

Address: 49 Old St, London EC1V 9HX

Website: www.lookmumnohands.com

Famous cycle cafe LMNH holds anything from lunches to launches, the former featuring some mean salads, cake and coffee, the latter including Boneshaker magazine and Levi’s Commuter range.

Tech start-ups come here to work and telly comes here, too: ITV’s Cycle Show was filmed here with Graeme Obree a guest. There’s a bike repair and they run maintenance courses, too.

Maison du Velo (Reigate and Cranleigh)

Maison du Velo's own bike collection cycling cafe [Image: facebook.com/bikeshopreigate]

Maison du Velo’s bike collection [Image: facebook.com/bikeshopreigate]

Address: 31 Lesbourne Rd, Reigate RH2 7JS or  62 High St, Cranleigh GU6 8AG

Website: www.maisonduvelo.cc

A road shop and more recently mountain bike shop, you’ll find a selection of clothing and accessories as well as repairs here.

There’s a homage to the local ‘Legs of Steel’ route, its toothy profile emblazoned on the shop window in Reigate. Gaze at it over a coffee, cake, or an ‘MDV burger’, or get out there and do it. Apex bike fitting and regular rides as well as a busy community can be found here too.

Mud Dock Cafe (Bristol)

Address: 40 The Grove, Bristol, BS1 4RB

Website: www.mud-dock.co.uk/cafe

Bike repairs, maintenance classes as well as bike fitting, you’ll also find coffee, lunches and dinner on offer – all overlooking Bristol’s harbourside.

Pedalling Squares (Newcastle Upon Tyne)

Pedalling Squares cycling cafe

Address: Swalwell Bank, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE16 3AQ

A cycling cafe which stocks Pedalling Squares cycling kit and also hosts a club as well as events. To eat and drink, you’ll find artisan coffee and cake.

Popup bikes (Manchester)

Address: Arch 5, Corporation Street, Manchester M4 4DG

Website: www.popupbikes.co.uk

Claiming to be Manchester’s ‘original cycle café’, here you’ll find indoor cycle parking for up to 100 bikes, 12 hours a day, six days a week. Bike repairs and bike fitting are on offer too, as well as home made paninis, coffee and cake.

Rapha Club (London)

Rapha Nocturne

Launch of the Rapha/Nocturne cycling event at London’s Rapha store

Address: 85 Brewer St, Soho, London W1F 9ZN

Website: www.rapha.cc/gb/en/clubhouses

Classy road-racer Soho hang-out and self-styled “home for sport and wider culture of road racing”. There are actually club houses in Manchester, Bicester and two in London now – but the Brewer Street home is the original.

Sublime coffee is available alongside a range of pastries, baguettes and salads. With race screenings, events and group bike rides there’s a real social hub here. And plenty of kit to admire whilst you’re there.

Rockets & Rascals (Plymouth and Poole)

cycling cafe

Rockets and Rascals event poster

Address: 7 Parade, The Barbican, Plymouth, PL1 2JL or Salterns Court, Sandbanks Road, Lilliput, Poole, BH14 8HS

Website: www.rocketsandrascals.com

The original branch was in Plymouth, but there’s one in Poole now too.

With a raft of social events both on and off the bike, including day and weekend rides, a vibrant cycling community lives here. There’s bike hire, wheel building, maintenance nights and a repair service on offer too.

Rothar (Dublin)

Address: 16 Fade street, Dublin 2 and 167 Phibsboro road, Dublin 7

Website: www.rothar.ie

In independent bike shop in Dublin, Rother has two locations in Dublin and has had since 2008. You’ll also find bike repairs and maintenance courses as well as coffee.

Route 1 (Kent)

Address: 70 Beach Street, The Promenade, Deal, Kent CT14 6HZ

Website: www.routeonedeal.co.uk

A friendly cycle café on the Deal Promenade, expect to find bike parking as well as sandwiches, soups cakes and treats. Cycling events televised live in TV and fantastic coffee.

Route 2 Cafe bar  (Devon)

Address: Monmouth Hill, Topsham, EX3 0JQ

Website: www.route2topsham.co.uk

On the Exe Estuary Trail along National Cycle Network Route 2 (hence its name), Route 2 provides locally renowned and sourced food in its cafe. Almost everything served is homemade on the premises – including the Route 2 ice cream (or which Topsham mud is the most popular). There’s accommodation, too, for those touring the Route 2.

Tomlinson’s (Northumberland)

Address: Bridge Street, Rothbury, Morpeth, Northumberland, NE65 7SF,

Website: www.tomlinsonsrothbury.co.uk

Described as the ‘perfect base to explore Northumberland’s great outdoors’, Tomlinsons is located in a historic former schoolhouse, overlooking the River Coquet. There you’ll find affordable bunkhouse accommodation, wholesome meals and hire bikes. There are even guided rides led by experienced cyclists, if you’re just getting started.

Cafe Velo (East Yorkshire)

Address: 21, North Bar Within, Beverley, East Yorkshire, HU17 8DB

Website: www.cafevelobeverley.co.uk

Coffee, food, as well as regular events including supper nights, with three course meals, and band night for those who like their music.

Cafe Ventoux (Kettering)

Cycling cafe

Image: Cafe Ventoux Twitter

Address: Tugby Orchards, Wood Ln, Tugby LE7 9WE

Website: www.cafe-ventoux.cc

With a busy cafe serving meals as well as coffee and cake, you’ll also find a range of Boardman bikes plus a Wattbike studio and clothing.

Regular rides and bike fitting are available too – and this cafe is heavily involved in plans for the Boardman performance studio.

Cycle Haven (York)

Address: 31 Hospital Fields Road, York YO10 4FS

Website: www.cycle-heaven.co.uk

A destination store, there’s a massive variety of bikes, clothing and accessories as well as repairs and cycle hire plus food and drink at the two of the three sites.

 

Velo Domestique (Bournemouth)

Address: 176-180 Seabourne Road, Bournemouth, Dorset, BH5 2JB

Website: www.velodomestique.co.uk

Claiming to be Bournemouth’s first ever cycle cafe, Velo Domestique repairs bikes as well as serving food and coffee.

Velocity (Inverness)

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Velocity cycle cafe workshop

Address: 1 Crown Avenue, Inverness, Scotland, IV2 3NF

Website: www.velocitylove.co.uk

A social enterprise founded with the intention of inspiring people to cycle and lead healthier lives. The cafe offers homely food, home made cakes and coffees including the bicyclatte and campagcinno. There’s a workshop open on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays – which people can use to mend their own bikes, as well as bike mechanic courses and group rides.

Veloton (Gloucestershire)

Address: 22 Market Place, Tetbury, Glos GL8 8DD

Website: www.veloton.co.uk

‘Coffee makes the wheels go round’, according to Veloton’s founders – and here you’ll find a fair dose of both, with road and leisure brands on offer as well as custom bike builds and a workshop to accompany the refreshments.

Westerham Cyclery

Address: 21 The Green, Westerham, Kent, TN16 1AX

Website: www.westerhamcyclery.co.uk

Stockists of Specialized Bikes, Santini Sportswear, Polaris Bike Pods and Tacx Trainers, you’ll also find a cafe filled with edible delights as well as a workshop and some state of the art bike fitting equipment. Park your bike in an inclosed garage space or join one of the club rides.

Do you know cafe we’ve not mentioned? Tell us in the comments…

  • 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

    http://www.squires-cafe.co.uk/

    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??

    https://www.facebook.com/TheOilCanCafe

  • 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

    http://welcometogreatcoffee.co.uk/
    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-http://www.rideofthefallingrain.net/

  • 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.

    http://www.bikebeans.co.uk

    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

    Jamie

  • Alan Rowen

    And in Shrewsbury (Shropshire) there is a coffee shop at Stans Cycles just over the English Bridge in Wyle Cop ( http://www.stanscycles.co.uk/coffee ).

  • 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! http://www.siemprebicyclecafe.com/ @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.