“What’s your favourite cycling cafe, and what do you order there?”
Bike Beans in Ashtead, Surrey. Mug of tea and a bacon torpedo roll with ketchup. So good we decided to have them and their Oreo brownies for our wedding reception!
Aldeli in Alderley Edge. Everything on the menu is delicious but my personal fave is freshly baked scones with cream and jam. They actively support cycling, from putting in bike stands to putting on cycling films, to sponsoring our amazing Cheshire Maverick Cycling Club.
Cafe Velo in Beverley. Run by an ex-pro, there is a regular diet of cycling films shown on a large projector as well as cycling-related film nights and supper clubs. There are wall racks to hang your carbon beauty or town hack and years of cycling paraphernalia to admire.
The Old Post Office, Chapel of Garioch, Aberdeenshire. Friendly service, great coffee and superb cake. Plus it is uphill whichever way you approach it, so the coffee and cake is always well-deserved.
The Blue Egg just outside of Great Bardfield, Essex, is a great cycling stop and a firm favourite for a number of pro riders. Alex Dowsett is a regular, so it’s great to look at his bikes. Good food, too.
Look Mum No Hands! on Old Street, London. For breakfast, the grilled mackerel; during the day a coffee, one of their house blends, with their banana cake; in the evening one of their craft beers and a halloumi wrap.
Broomwagon Velo Cafe in Retford and it’s got to be one of their bacon sandwiches with brown sauce and a filter coffee, the perfect mid-ride snack.
Harbour Lights tearoom overlooking Lossiemouth marina in Moray. Friendly welcome and great service. I usually have a toasted teacake with coffee.
Capheaton cafe in Northumberland. Cheese savoury and a slice of hummingbird cake. I still don’t know what is in the cake but it gets my backside over the Ryals every time!
Mark Paterson Eureka Cyclists Cafe at Two Mills, near Chester. Normal order is either a vanilla latte or a cappuccino and one of their brilliant homemade cakes.
Collapsed on a garage forecourt somewhere with an emergency Mars Bar and an energy drink.
Mecycle cafe, Ainsdale, Southport. It supports autism charities and serves the best coffee I’ve had. Great service and bikes and kit on sale too.
The coffee and cake stop is a cycling institution