20 Cycling-friendly cafes that we're excited about visiting:

19th September 2014 Personal Injury

Followers of our Twitter feed will have seen our rundown of some of the UK's best cycling cafes over recent days. Our top 20 takes in the cream of the crop when it comes to the foodie-velo scene (yes, we have made that term up), with an abundance of cakes and coffees making the perfect accompaniment to cycling pit stops.

1. Velo Cafe , Brighton: @TheVeloCafe

As well as flying the flag for Britain's pebbly beaches, Brighton is home to this community-led cafe that welcomes visitors on both bike and foot. The family-friendly cafe's sustainable ethos is buoyed up by a host of bike rides, with regular outings including the Wednesday night Pizza and Ride that's a snip at just £5.

2. Popup Bikes, Manchester: www.popupbikes.co.uk @PopupBikes

Located in Manchester's city centre, this cycle-friendly spot provides indoor parking spaces for 100 bikes. It's more than just a place to park your pedals though. With a workshop, occasional jumble sales and a cafe that complements UK-roasted coffees with nostalgic goodies, Popup Bikes has got it covered.

3. Roll for the Soul, Bristol: www.rollforthesoul.org @RftS_Bristol

Confirmed cycling city, Bristol is a fitting spot for this not-for-profit cafe. Made possible through crowdfunding, Roll for the Soul dishes up hearty vegetarian food alongside bike-mending services and a cycle-dedicated hub space. Visitors are invited to think of Roll for the Soul as a village hall in the centre of Bristol. Nice.

4. Zappi's Bike Cafe, Oxford: @ZappisCafe

A list of cycling cafes across the nation wouldn't be complete without a visit to Oxford. Zappi's is affiliated with ex-pro cyclist Flavio Zappi, and Zappi's Cycling Club uses the site as its HQ, offering thrice-weekly ride outs. Italian backing leads us to have very high expectations for the coffee and cake too..

5. The Cycle Hub, Newcastle upon Tyne: www.thecyclehub.org @the_cycle_hub

Gan canny up in North East England when you call into this cycling haven. Top notch views down the River Tyne are complemented by a selection of cakes and coffee, plus a fully-functioning workshop. There are also guided rides and suggested routes on offer for those seeking a beaten track.

6. The White Swan, Wighill, Tadcaster: www.thewhiteswanwighill.co.uk @whiteswanwighil

Ok, you've got us on this one. It's not, strictly speaking, a cafe It is, however, a marvellous gastro pub that welcomes Yorkshire cyclists with a tempting menu that includes tasty cafe fare. In addition to this there's a selection of Yorkshire ales on the bar and a fire-warmed snug for the colder months. It also has an inspired bartering system; beer for fresh produce!

7. Ronde, Edinburgh: www.rondebike.com @Rondebike

Anyone who's traversed Edinburgh's hilly streets will know the need for refuelling, and Ronde more than fulfils this remit. The cafe and cycling shop welcome visitors with local coffee and carefully-selected products, while bikes in need of a little TLC will find it in abundance at the workshop.

8. Oneplanet Adventure: www.oneplanetadventure.com @OPAllandegla

This North Wales hub of all things biking provides a perfect playground for food and MTB lovers. Over 44km of purpose-built mountain biking trails are accompanied by a workshop, bike shop and a selection of courses. But rather more importantly, Oneplanet Adventure is home to the 'best bacon buttie in the UK' (BMW Good Food Ride).

9. Dales Bike Centre Cafe, Fremington, Richmond: www.dalesbikecentre.co.uk @DalesBikeCentre

This scenic cafe sources its produce locally to offer an array of soups, sarnies and cakes from the very heart of the Yorkshire Dales. Cyclists are treated to fabulous views across Swaledale and a plethora of breathtaking rides that are sure to put the wind in your sails.

10. Tomlinsons Cafe and Bunkhouses, Northumberland: www.tomlinsonsrothbury.co.uk @TomlinsonsCafe

Located in the beautiful village of Rothbury, Tomlinsons is a useful jumping-off point for exploring the spectacular scenery of Northumberland and the Scottish borders. The 50-cover cafe provides hearty, home cooked fare, secure bike storage and a MTBs for hire.. They also have a very reasonably priced bunkhouse above the cafe that can accommodate 21 guests.

11. Delamere Cafe, Forestry Commission, Cheshire http://www.delamerecafe.com/ @visitdelamere

Located on the outskirts of Delamere Forest, this woodland cafe provides a welcoming break for road cyclists and mountain bikers alike. Baguettes, baps, bloomers and butties accompany a tempting array of cakes here. And with coffee roasted in the Wirral, the emphasis is placed firmly on local produce. Their sister outlet can be found at Old Pale car park, with plenty of ice-cream to keep the kids happy.

12. Belgique, Hertfordshire: www.belgique.co.uk @BelgiqueLondon

This Belgian chain encompasses eight cafes across the southeast, but it is the Ware branch in Hertfordshire that has caught the attention of cycling club, The Gregarios. If you like all things Belgian, then this place is undoubtedly for you. From afternoon tea to a simple coffee or a Belgian beer, the tearoom has plenty to offer. It also just so happens to be on the route of a bracing ride.

13. Conwy Falls Cafe, Conwy Falls: www.conwyfalls.com/ @thecafe

A purpose-built cafe set in nine-and-a-half acres of native forest, this bike-friendly spot is right in the middle of an officially-designated Site of Special Scientific Interest. The cafe has received rave reviews, not only for its location as a gateway to Snowdonia, but also for its delicious Welsh rarebit and homemade cakes. These will definitely be deserved if you take on the 30km MTB trail through nearby upper Machno Valley.

14. Your Bike Shed, York www.yourbikeshed.co.uk @YourBikeShed

In the heart of historic York, Your Bike Shed offers cafe and cycling culture to visitors with a plethora of tasty local dishes on the menu. Visitors will find toasties, sweet treats and homemade soups to appease their appetites, and there's also an onsite workshop to see to any bicycle bits in need of repair or servicing. Those lucky enough to be the owner of a vintage pair of wheels can make use of the Shed's dedicated restoration service.

15. Siempre, Glasgow: www.siemprebicyclecafe.com @SiempreCafeBar

In the heart of Glasgow, Siempre is an urban bike cafe that does cycling in style. The centre's range of bikes and distinctive clothing is more than supplemented by a menu packed full of local, organic and tasty fare. Think power breakfasts and all-natural fruit juices and you're halfway there. They even sell healthy versions of calorific classics like the New Yorker. Guilt-free (after a cycle ride of course!).

16. Bike Beans Cycle Cafe, Surrey www.bikebeans.co.uk @bikebeanscafe

This Surrey pit stop has all bases covered with a cafe, bike repair services, custom kits and a roster of cycling courses and events to keep customers busy. Those taking advantage of the kitchen's tasty offerings can find the likes of brekkies, soups and cakes that are ideally complemented by the cafe's ethical Kingdom Coffee. Active types that want to try a Bike Beans event can sign up for any one of the various group and coached rides that are regular occurrences here.

17. La Squadra Cycling Emporium / Nonnas, Sheffield www.nonnas.co.uk @NonnasCucina @cyclingemporium

Nonnas is a rather swish restaurant that combines sharp design with fine food, wine and cycling. The restaurant runs the La Squadra Cycling Emporium, a hub of all things bicycle that stocks vintage-inspired artworks and cycling paraphernalia, as well as a well-used espresso machine. The restaurant and emporium are just around the corner from each other, giving visitors plenty of opportunity to visit the best of both worlds.

18. Eureka Cafe, nr. Chester @Eureka_Cafe

Thought to be one of the UK's first cycling cafes, Eureka can trace its roots way back to 1929. This celebrated cafe has been featured on BBC2 programme, 'Me and My Bike' and counts Chris Boardman amongst its regulars. In addition to an array of mouth-watering cakes, Eureka also stocks a comprehensive range of cycling bits and bobs that are available in-shop and online.

19. Fox Tor Cafe, Dartmoor: www.foxtorcafe.com @FoxTorCafe

The second stop on our list to have a bunkhouse (Tomlinsons was the first), Fox Tor is a popular destination for all types of Moors visitors, both cycle and non-cycle oriented. The Dartmoor cafe has room inside for bikes and will sort you with a packed lunch or early breakfast if you are organised enough to order in advance.

20. Velocity Cafe, Inverness: www.velocitylove.co.uk @velocitylove

As big fans of a pun, we're drawn to Velocity Cafe for its clever usage of the 'bicyclatte,' 'campagcinno' and 'velocitea.' There's more to this place than puns; we are also impressed with their workshop (fix your own or get expert support), cycle maintenance courses and wonderful outreach programmes. We can certainly feel the Velocity Love in the room.

 

To get in touch with Nadia Kerr from our personal injury team, give us a call on 0800 054 6570, or email her directly at nadia.kerr@jmw.co.uk.

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Nadia Kerr is a Bicycle Accidents & Personal Injury located in Manchesterin our Personal Injury department

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