As the cake of time crumbles inevitably in the mouth and is washed down by the coffee of an excellent ride, Cycling Weekly continues its foray into Britain’s burgeoning cycle cafes – with a brief skip across to Ireland while we’re at it.

We cyclists must have been good this year because, seriously, cycle cafes are popping up everywhere.

The first instalment of our look at the best British cycling cafes is here>>

Velocity

Inverness, IV2 3NF
Velocity’s founder Laura Nicolson wanted to share the bike repair skills her dad taught her, and her love of cycling. The result is a social enterprise where any profit goes to promoting cycling in Inverness and cafe punters sip ‘bicyclattes’ and ‘campagcinos’ from the proprietor’s retro cup collection, with renowned locally home-baked cakes. Government climate change funds help Velocity provide maintenance sessions around Inverness. There are social rides and live music, too.
www.velocitylove.co.uk
t: 01463 419956 e: hello@velocitylove.co.uk; Daily: 9am-6pm; until 9pm on Thursdays and 8pm Fridays and Saturdays 


Velocity café and workshop

Roll for the Soul

Bristol, BS1 2JL
Founder Rob Wall wanted to create a focal point in Britain’s first cycling city where roadies, mountain bikers, fixie riders and non-cyclists alike could mingle. Opened on July 1 the crowd – and council grant – funded result is a community interest company where punters’ money goes towards RFTS’s social aims: promoting cycling in Bristol. Cycling groups meet and share ideas, there’s servicing and repairs upstairs, and ‘bespoke’ maintenance tuition, while downstairs the cafe sells Mediterranean food, using local suppliers where possible.
www.rollforthesoul.org
t: 07596 917963; Mon-Tue 8am-6pm; Wed 8am-9pm; Thurs-Fri 8am-10pm; Sat 10am-10pm; Sun 11am-5pm

Velo

Brighton, BN1 4ZN
Three of Velo’s proprietors own Dark Star Brewing Co, Flour Pot artisan bread and Small Batch Coffee Company, and happily these are the cafe’s ingredients. Opening at the end of September in Brighton’s new park, The Level, inclusive is the word. The cafe has a grass roof, solar panels, rainwater harvesting, 360° park views and outdoor seating. There’ll be a workshop, bike parking and cleaning facilities, kids’ and adults’ rides and events, bike recycling, maintenance and clothing.
www.velo-cafe.co.uk
e: nigel@velo-cafe.co.uk; seven days a week: 7am-6pm in winter; 7am-10pm in summer

Tomlinson’s café

Tomlinson’s

Rothbury, NE65 7SF
Named after the reverend who brought education to Rothbury, Tomlinson’s, a former schoolhouse, is now a cafe with cycle hire, a bunkhouse and great views over the River Coquet. In Northumberland National Park, Tomlinson’s attracts cyclists and walkers as a base for exploration, in groups and flying solo. There’s low-cost accommodation in dorms, homemade wholesome food and evening meals Thursday-Saturday. Secure bike parking, periodic bike doctors and guided rides are on offer, too.
www.tomlinsonsrothbury.co.uk
t: 01669 621979 e: info@tomlinsons-rothbury.co.uk; Sun-Wed 9am-5.30pm; Thurs-Sat 9am-10pm (last food orders 8.30pm)

Maison du Velo

Reigate, RH2 7JS
Its July 4 inauguration puts it amongst the newest, and likely the shiniest, of the new kids. A road shop, key popular bike models are displayed in a glowing, catacomb-like gallery in the basement, almost guaranteed to elicit a ghostly ‘wow’ on first sight. There’s a homage to the local ‘Legs of Steel’ route, its toothy profile emblazoned on the shop window. Gaze at it over a coffee, or get out there and do it. Apex bike fitting technology is being trialled soon.
www.maisonduvelo.co.uk
t: 01737 241188; e:shop@maisonduvelo.co.uk; Mon-Sat 8.30am-6.30pm; Sun 8.30am-3.30pm

Cycle Lab café

Cycle Lab & Juice Bar

London, Pitfield Street, N1 6EY
Shoreditch bike shop with a little alchemy. One of the original cycle cafes, CycleLab recently doubled in size, spreading into next door. With seating for 10 indoors and benches beside PlantLocks outside there’s fresh soups, sweet and savoury crepes, juices and smoothies. Oh, and carrot balls (a spherical carrot cake). Cinelli, US Raleighs, Argon 18s and Genesis bikes, Catlike helmets and loads of Endura clobber are on sale, too. Cycle Lab has a cyclo-cross team and runs monthly 80km road rides.
cyclelabuk.wordpress.com
t: 0203 222 0016; e: shop@cyclelab.co.uk; Mon-Fri 8am-7pm; Sat 11am-6pm; Sundays and Bank Holidays closed

Route 1

3 Queen Street, Redcar, TS10 1DY
This cycle-themed cafe, complete with traffic lights and zebra crossings, opens in December, with secure bike parking and bike hire where hungry riders on NCN1 can refuel on healthy soups and paninis. You can also watch your bike being repaired while you wait. Behind the scenes it’s all about the community with a day centre for adults with learning difficulties, while Sustrans, working with the local job centre, loans cycles to jobseekers.
bit.ly/16RjFGf (cafe website coming soon)
t: 07985 270558; e: c.howes_creativethinking@yahoo.co.uk; Mon-Sat 8.30am-6pm

Full City Cycles

London, Leather Lane, EC1N 7TR
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. Meanwhile, monthly Alley Cat and/or street keirin races nod to its owners’ courier roots.
fullcitycycles.com
t: 020 7998 4988; e: info@fullcitycycles.com; Mon-Fri 9am-7pm; Sat (less officially) 10am-4pm; Sun: closed

Rothar

Fade Street, Dublin, Ireland
If Facebook ‘likes’ are anything to go by, Rothar’s 5,700-plus means popularity in shovel loads. Now celebrating a fifth birthday, our Irish contingent predates most UK cycle cafes. Local and ethical is the word: Irish companies Imbibe (triple-certified coffee), and Caranya’s Cakes (vegan options available) provide cycling fuel, while Rothar refurbishes abandoned bikes for social aims like training and employment. Repairs and maintenance classes run on Sunday and Monday when the cafe is closed.
www.rothar.ie
t: + 353 (0)1 6772233; e: info@rothar.ie; Open Tue-Sat 10am-6pm

The Hub café

The Hub

Redbourn, Hertfordshire, AL3 7LL
With Allpress coffee from a La Marzocca coffee machine, the Hub has people travelling miles just for a cuppa. Organic ice cream adds to the offer with locally sourced cakes made by a guy from The Great British Bake-Off. Sweet and savoury waffles are in the offing, too. The Hub organises monthly sportives of 15, 28 and 48 miles around the edge of the Chilterns and in autumn and
winter holds evening talks, with Phil Liggett among past speakers.
www.hubcoffeebikes.com
t: 01582 792389; e: hubmeister@hubcoffeebikes.com; Tue-Sun 9am-5.30pm

Related links
Great British cycling cafes, part one
Britain’s cycling-friendly pubs
Beans and a spare, a film about the Eureka cyclists cafe

This article originally appeared in the October 10 2013 issue of Cycling Weekly magazine 

  • Ian Franklin

    Not sure if you have listed Lyn’s Prufah coffee house on the Canal Road on the San Pa Tong side of Chiang Mai, Thailand. This is where the local cyclists meet and she makes an incredible iced coffee and has great cakes.

  • Dourscot

    Not knocking these cafes, but how about some that were around long before cycling became a fashionable urban thing?

    Corrieri’s Cafe in Causewayhead Stirling has been famous for its cycling club visitors for decades (a rumour claims super-climber Robert Millar once visited) and even has for years had Italian-themed cycling paintings on its walls. This place was hardcore when Wiggins, Cav and Froome were a twinkle. These places kept the flame lit.

  • Jez Cordon Newby

    I live in Murcia, Spain and one of my regular coffee stops is in a small town called Librilla. Patrons include Alejandro Valverde, JJ Rojas and Luis Leon Sanchez.
    Apart from excellent coffee, there are wonderful massive choco filled croissants (Neopolitanas) and if you prefer, tomato and cheese on freshly baked and toasted baguettes. Seating is al fresco
    and there can be as many as 50 cyclists there at any one time. Prices range from 1 euro for a café con leche, to 1 euro for one of the giant Neopolitanas to 1 euro for the tomato and cheese on a toasted baguette. How’s that for value, and not unusual here either. A café con leche (coffee with hot milk) costing more than a euro and 10 cents (about 93p) is rip off.

  • stuart stanton

    Okay….cafe etiquette, helmets off! when will the penny drop that cyclists look idiotic wearing these things when not actually on a bike.

  • roginoz

    The Cat Inn at Enville .I really miss that place -scrambled egg and an Enville Ginger (see website) ,a million times better than coffee and tiffin.Great rides into South Staffs and East Shropshire ,chance of seeing Hughie Porter ah.Close to Brumijum.

  • David Pridmore

    Not sure if you have already listed The Fountain Cottage Tea Rooms in Bellingham Northumberland but it is already favoured by many cyclists and caters for their every needs whether it be just a tea/coffee or full breakfast and everything in between. Brilliant staff.