10 of the best UK Cycling Cafés
As winter starts to set in we know how important it is to have a place to put your feet up after a wet and windy battle with the elements. So we've scoured the UK and pulled together a list of the 10 top cycling cafés around the country. With a focus on artisan coffee, craft beer, home made food and cosy atmospheres - this list will leave you well equipped for the long months ahead.
1. Café Ventoux
The owners at Café Ventoux describe it as ‘a place to eat, drink, chill out and shop’ - and it delivers on all fronts. The décor strikes a balance between fresh and cosy, and if you can tear your eyes away from the beautiful vintage red Italian car on display, you’ll find a range of high spec bikes, and top quality cycling kit.
Ventoux also offer organised rides every Saturday, with a ‘no drop’ policy, for those new to the sport. Over the years there have been a number of famous faces through the doors, from Ned Boulting to Chris Boardman and Dame Sarah Storey, entertaining evening visitors with tales from their careers. Well worth a visit if you’re passing on two wheels.
Famous for: Evening events with cycling royalty, and championing beginners cycling
Where: Route 64 (National Cycleway), Tugby Orchards, Wood Lane, Tugby, Leicester, LE7 9WE
Opening Times: Tues – Fri: 10am – 5pm, Sat & Sun 8:45am – 5pm. (Closed Mondays)
More info: cafe-ventoux.cc
2. Cadence Performance
A firm favourite among local riders, Cadence is a one stop shop for anyone with a passion for performance cycling. Boasting a new mezzanine fitness studio, which launched at the start of the year, you can now move seamlessly between a lung busting Wattbike session and into the café area downstairs. Cadence is a real hub for entertainment too, often showing the classic races on big screens. It’s the perfect pit stop before taking on the steep hills of the surrounding Crystal Palace area, or heading beyond and into the Kent Downs.
Famous for: Fitness Studio and performance cycling classes
Where: 2a Anerley Hill, Crystal Palace, London, SE19 2AA
Opening Times: Mon-Fri 11am-8pm, Sat-Sun 8am-6pm
More info: cadenceperformance.com
3. Roll for the Soul Bristol
Roll for the soul does exactly what it says on the tin – a step over the threshold into the relaxed low key, community atmosphere will have your soul fed in no time. It’s relatively new to the cycle-café scene, only opened in 2016, and is partnered with the Bristol Bike Project.
As well as being able to indulge in locally roasted coffee, burgers and cakes you can sign up for one of their many workshops or perhaps even test out your bendiness at ‘cyclist’s yoga’. And in case that isn’t enough to fill your soul on up to the brim, when the evening rolls around you’ll find a calendar of events and live music.
Famous for: Local coffee and a community vibe
Where: Unit 2, St Lawrence house, Quay Street, Bristol, BS1 2JL
Opening Times: Mon-Tues 8am-6pm, Wed 8am-9pm, Thurs-Fri 8am-10pm, Sat 10am-10pm, Sun 11am-5pm
More info: rollforthesoul.org
4. Spoke and Co
Spokes and Co are a friendly bike shop, with a homely feel. All meals are made from scratch and they’re especially proud of their brownies, scones and other deserts – baked fresh every day.
But bubbling beneath the brownie encrusted surface at Spokes is a shop that takes performance seriously – with experts on hand to guide you through a session at the in-house Wattbike studio. This is why we love Spokes and Co so much – they do peak performance, but they love their cake too. Enough said.
Famous for: Friendly service and local, homemade food.
Where: 105 Trent Blvd, West Bridgford, Nottingham, NG2 5BA
Opening Times: Sat – Mon: 9am – 5pm, Tues – Fri: 8am – 6pm
More info: spokeandco.cafe
5. The Dynamo
There’s a simple equation in operation at The Dymano and that is: Food + Coffee + Cycling = happiness. We couldn’t agree more. The moment you enter The Dynamo there are subtle touches that you make you feel strangely at home. Like the floor which is made from old gynamisum boards, and has the feel of a velodrome about it.
There’s a place to rack your bikes, a coffee bar, and a separate long bar - stocked with craft beer and regional French wines. And if you’re in any doubt that The Dymano is serious about it’s food – you need look no further than the large stone pizza oven at the back of the café. There’s more choice on the brunch menu than you can shake a poached egg at. Needless to say, we are huge fans.
Famous for: Stone baked pizza and one of the best brunch menus in Greater London
Where: 200-204 Putney Bridge Road, London, SW15 2NA
Opening Times: Sun – Weds: 7.20am – 10pm, Thurs – Sat: 7.30am – 11pm.
More info: the-dynamo.co.uk
6. The Bank View Cafe
You’d be hard pushed to miss The Bank View Café, which was painted in king-of-the-mountains style polka dots in 2014 to celebrate the Tour de France coming past its front door. Nestled in a quiet area on the edge of the Peak District, it makes a perfect jumping off point to take on some of the iconic climbs nearby. As well as the expected offerings of coffee, tea and cake, the café will also loan you any tools you need to fine tune your ride. A fun, friendly café, with a great sense of character.
Famous for: Unmissable polka dot paintwork.
Where: Langsett, Stocksbridge, Sheffield, S36 4GY
Opening Times: Every day from 9am – 5pm
More info: bankviewcafe.co.uk
7. Look Mum No Hands!
No list of the top cycling cafes in the UK would be complete without a mention of the east London mecca – Look Mum No Hands! Famous for a lively, vibrant atmosphere you’ll find that LMNH is buzzing at any time of day. They host regular maintenance courses and have a calendar brimming with talks, events and workshops. And if you get down to the café and find it too busy, pedal over to their sister café in Hackney for an equally satisfying hipster fix.
Famous for: Craft Beer and being achingly cool
Where: 49 Old Street, London, EC1
Opening Times: Mon-Fri 7.30am-10pm, Sat 9am-10pm, Sun 9.30am-10pm
More info: lookmumnohands.com
8. Eureka Cyclist’s Café
Eureka is somewhat of an institution, having first opened its doors to cycling fans back in 1929. Often frequented by some of the cycling world’s most famous faces, you’ll bump into many riders from clubs around the North West over a weekend at Eureka. Far from letting it’s popularity go to her head, owner Anne Peek keeps things grounded by offering a range of local fare to fill empty post-ride bellies – from homemade cakes, baked daily and legendary servings of beans on toast.
Famous for: A rich history and… Beans on toast
Where: Two Mills, Parkgate Road, Woodbank, Chester, CH1 6EZ
Opening times: Weds 8.30am – 5pm, Fri 9.30am – 3pm, Sat & Sun 8.30am – 5pm
More info: eurekacyclistscafe.co.uk
9. The Handlebar Kitchen and Café
Located above a local bike shop, this vibrant cycling café was originally set up by ex-pro cyclist Flavio Zappi in 2009, and is still known to many locals by its original name – Zappi’s Café. Since then, the café has doubled in size and taken on some of the best chefs in the area. It now goes beyond offering simple meals to fuel hungry cyclists and instead offers a menu to satisfy visiting non-cyclists too.
You’ll still eat surrounded by bikes (including Penny Farthings) and other cycling memorabilia – all of which keep the cafés original, cosy charm in tact. With great coffee and offerings for vegans and veggies – you can’t go far wrong with a stop at The Handlebar Café.
Famous for: Being the home of Flavio Zappi’s Cycling club
Where: 28-32 St Michaels Street, Oxford,
Opening times: Mon-Sat 8am-5.30pm, Sun 10.30am-4pm
More info: zappisbikecafe.co.uk
10. Pedalling Squares
Pedalling Squares in Swalwell, Gateshead, offers affordable retro jersey's, merchandise and tasty artisan coffee. They welcome families, cylists, runners, walkers – and ‘well behaved dogs’ too. The exposed stone walls and wooden tables in the café give it a rustic feel and you’ll have plenty of time to peruse the cycling kit as you take your pick from the vast menu and relax into one of large leather sofas.
Famous for: Hearty breakfasts and great artisan coffee
Where: Quality Row Rd, Swalwell, Newcastle upon Tyne NE16 3AG
Opening times: Tues – Fri 10am – 4pm, Sat 9am – 5pm, Sun 9am – 4pm
More info: pedallingsquarescafe.com
BONUS CAFÉ !
We couldn't have a list of the top UK cycling cafés without dothing our hats to one very special Scottish eatery...
The Ozone Café
‘Come with us to the edge’ read the inviting words on the Cape Wrath website. Frightening as this may sound, if you do indeed decide to take a journey by bike to the most northerly and westerly point of Scotland – you will find yourself knocking on the door of the infamous Ozone Café.
The café staff take great pride in keeping the doors open all year round, and they will serve you a hot meal at any hour of the day or night. With curry, hot chocolate, soup, bread and all kinds of cakes and coffee on offer – it’s one to tick off the café bucket list.
Famous for: Being open all year round, and serving food at any time of day or night.
Where: Cape Wrath, Scotland
Opening Times: All day, every day.
More info: The Cape Wrath Site