ECTC's cafe recommendations in England

In geographical order - not preference!

North West

The Drop Off Cafe, Market Street Edenfield, BL0 0JN

This gem is run by a cycling-mad family, bike locks available for use by cyclists. Dirty wet mountain bikers can sit at the lower portion of the cafe without fear of dirtying up the place as it has a stone floor. They do good coffee, excellent food with dishes called ‘Ventoux’, and other cycling-related dishes. Also has energy gels, powders etc for sale. 

From this location in Rossendale Valley you can head out into perfect mountain biking countryside with ‘Lee Quarry’ mountain biking centre not far at all. Road bikers can set off over the Hills towards Bolton and West Lancashire or over the hills to Rochdale and even into Yorkshire.

Cedar Farm, Mawdesley, Lancashire, L40 3SY

This lovely spot in West Lancashire, with its own coffee roastery and espresso bar, is very popular with cyclists. Bradley Wiggins has been spotted here buying coffee beans! On site is also a cafe run by the same people if you want more than a cake and coffee.

From here you can head west into the flatlands towards Southport, north towards Preston or east back towards the hills of Lancashire. Lovely riding for road bikers, lots of quiet lanes not too many big hills.

Cedar Farm, Mawdesley, Lancashire, L40 3SY

This lovely spot in West Lancashire, with its own coffee roastery and espresso bar, is very popular with cyclists. Bradley Wiggins has been spotted here buying coffee beans! On site is also a cafe run by the same people if you want more than a cake and coffee.

From here you can head west into the flatlands towards Southport, north towards Preston or east back towards the hills of Lancashire. Lovely riding for road bikers, lots of quiet lanes not too many big hills.

Park End Cafe, Todmorden, OL14 5HX

Good food, lovely staff, decent coffee. Seats outside and a take away window as well. 

From here you can cycle on up through Hebden Bridge and take in Cragg Vale, the longest continual ascent in England; 968 feet of climbing in 5.5 miles. It was used in the Tour de France in 2014, depressingly the pros rode up it whilst sorting out their musette bags from the feed stop and still they smashed most people’s Strava times! It is not the steepest climb ever but if the wind is blowing towards the top it can be horrible as it is very exposed moorland. Better load up at the cafe!

Park End Cafe, Todmorden, OL14 5HX

Good food, lovely staff, decent coffee. Seats outside and a take away window as well. 

From here you can cycle on up through Hebden Bridge and take in Cragg Vale, the longest continual ascent in England; 968 feet of climbing in 5.5 miles. It was used in the Tour de France in 2014, depressingly the pros rode up it whilst sorting out their musette bags from the feed stop and still they smashed most people’s Strava times! It is not the steepest climb ever but if the wind is blowing towards the top it can be horrible as it is very exposed moorland. Better load up at the cafe!

Grind and Tamp, 45 Bridge St, Ramsbottom, BL0 9AD

An excellent specialist independent coffee shop, very good food and some of the best coffee in the North West extracted by very committed baristas. Organic, ethically sourced coffee and fresh food.

From Ramsbottom there are many good road routes and mountain bike routes but you should really have an espresso and then try the ‘Rake’ one of the 100 great climbs in England, very steep very hard, it was the location for the national hill climb champs in 2002 and 2012. The winner did it in about 2:30, admittedly he was sick and fell off his bike at the top! It is proper steep and even has a hand-rail...

Grind and Tamp, 45 Bridge St, Ramsbottom, BL0 9AD

An excellent specialist independent coffee shop, very good food and some of the best coffee in the North West extracted by very committed baristas. Organic, ethically sourced coffee and fresh food.

From Ramsbottom there are many good road routes and mountain bike routes but you should really have an espresso and then try the ‘Rake’ one of the 100 great climbs in England, very steep very hard, it was the location for the national hill climb champs in 2002 and 2012. The winner did it in about 2:30, admittedly he was sick and fell off his bike at the top! It is proper steep and even has a hand-rail...

The Great House Barn Tea Room, Rivington Lane, Rivington, Bolton, BL6 7SB

Very popular with cyclists (a favourite with the Lancashire Road Club) and motor-bikers, surrounded by lovely roads and mountain bike trails. The obvious choice for road bikers is to head out towards Belmont up Rivington Road; this has featured in the Chorley Grand Prix for the last few years, a pro level BC race, and it also on the Ironman Bolton course.

The Green Jersey, Old Shawbridge Sawmill, Taylor St, Clitheroe, BB7 1LY

This is a bike shop that had a small coffee bar, but has recently expanded to much more a coffee shop/cafe with a bike shop. Good coffee, good food, plenty of biking stuff and magazines to fill your time with.

Clitheroe is in the heart of the Ribble Valley, wonderful road biking here, good climbs and from here you can quickly be in the 'Forest of Bowland', not actually a forest but an area of outstanding natural beauty. Gisburn Forest is located in Bowland and has many mountain bike trails.

Yorkshire

Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Wakefield, WF4 4JX

You'll find a good cafe here, which is surrounded by beautiful Yorkshire roads and climbs and the Sculpture Park itself is great.

South

Pie and Vinyl, 61 Castle Rd, Portsmouth, Southsea, Hampshire, PO5 3AY

The décor is very cool with nothing matching, chairs, plates etc., with two thirds café to one third record shop. There is nothing like thumbing through records, new or secondhand. The pies themselves are a mixture of locally produced and “Pieminster” pies - yum.  Pie and Vinyl is not specifically a cyclists’ café, there’s no cake and nowhere to put bikes. However, if you like pie and um ... vinyl, it is certainly worth a visit.

The Long Barn, Bishops Sutton Road, Alresford, Hampshire, SO24 9EJ

A wonderful cafe set within a large, beautiful garden centre, selling a huge selection of cakes and pastries as well as full breakfast and lunch menu. Very welcoming to cyclists with bike rack, water tap outside to fill up bottles and plenty of indoor and outdoor seating. The Long Barn is ECTC's 'local' haunt, set in the glorious leafy, rolling countryside, providing access to miles and miles of lanes and not far from the seaside.

House28, Reading Road, Sherfield on Loddon, Hook, Hampshire, RG27 0EX

One of the area's best cafes catering for those with gluten allergies; the GF energy balls are particularly great. A pretty interior and lovely little garden welcomes cyclists and provides a super respite from the miles of lanes surrounding it.

Winchester Coffee Roasters, The Foundry Yard, 4A London Rd, Kings Worthy, Winchester, SO23 7QN

A secret (not anymore?!) gem in an unexpected setting - follow your nose through the little industrial estate and you will find this fine coffee roasters/cafe, complete with outdoor seating for nice days. Wonderful coffee, from across the globe, and selection of sweet treats, helpful staff and a bike rack, because they know we're coming :)

Stoke Row Store, Main Street, Stoke Row, Henley on Thames, Oxfordshire, RG9 5QL

A sweet little cafe and village store, quietly going about business away from the bustle of Henley. Serving a good selection of hot and cold drinks/food - the apparently simple ham sandwich is cracking, as are the sausage rolls. Ask if there's a loo and you'll be directed through the little kitchen to the staff facilities, not ideal but available nonetheless! Seating inside and out available. 

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