We're celebrating National cycling month with the top ten cafes for cyclists.
We're celebrating National cycling month here at Cicerone, and to celebrate, not only do we have a new cycling guidebook to the Lake District, but we have also teamed up with Formby Cycles to put together some ideas for great cycle-friendly pit stops when you're out on the bike in the north west of England.
If you love cycling, then you’ll know that nothing beats getting on your bike and getting out there on the open road. But after a while, getting off your bike for a well-earned rest feels just as satisfying.
We asked the crew at Formby Cycles for their recommendations and they gave us their current top ten choice of cafes for cyclists in the North West. That's not to say that there aren't many many other great cycle-friendly cafes in the area. We have our own favourites here at Cicerone, but we're sure you know of others, so please do let us know!
So, fair weather or not, get out exploring the area on your bike, maybe test out a loop of the Lancashire Cycleway (new edition coming early in 2017) and enjoy some great tea and cakes as a reward.— Cicerone
Top Ten Cafes for Cyclists in the North West
- Cobbled Corner Café, 2 Club Lane, Chipping Preston, PR3 2QH
Open Mon-Sun, 10am-5pm
This quaint little café in Chipping village makes a great rest-stop. It’s popular with the many MTB and recreational road cyclists who are out and about, making the most of routes around this official ‘Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty’ in the Forest of Bowland.
2. Tastebuds, Fettler's Wharf Marina, Station Road, Rufford, L40 1TB
Open Mon-Fri, 9am-4pm & Sat-Sun, 9am-5pm
There’s always a really warm welcome for cyclists here, making it a popular destination and not just a calling point.
Their menu sums up quality, home-cooked, British fare it its finest. The pies, cakes and sandwiches, all freshly made onsite are unbelievably good. So good in fact, that Tastebuds were semi-finalists in the ‘Sandwich Designer of the Year Awards’!
3. Eureka Cyclists and Café Shop, Two Mills, Parkgate Road, Woodbank, Chester, CH1 6EZ
Open Weds 8.30am-5pm, Fri 9.30am-3pm, Sat & Sun 8.30am-5pm
Open since 1929, this is perhaps one of the most established and popular cycling cafes in the North West and is just a short pedal from the Cheshire Cycleway, the Millennium Way and the Wirral Way, among many others.
Great food and hospitality are standard and there’s a range of cycling essentials for sale onsite for anything you’ve forgotten or anything that needs replacing on your journey.
4. The Courtyard Coffee House and Restaurant, Rear of 92 King Street, Knutsford, Cheshire WA16 6ED
Open Mon-Sat, 9.30am-4.30pm & Sun, 10am to 4pm
This elegant coffee house and restaurant has a real, olde England charm about it. They serve a range of tasty light bites, afternoon teas and full-blown restaurant dishes.
It’s also home to the UK’s only Penny Farthing Museum so call in to refresh yourself with a rest in the cobbled courtyard, a delicious breakfast, lunch or dinner and a stroll about the antiquities.
5. Rivington Village Green Tea Room, Sheep House Lane, Rivington, Lancashire, BL6 7SD
Open Mon-Sat 10am-4pm & Sun 9.30am-4.30pm
Locally sourced produce goes into the freshly made, generously portioned dishes at this laid-back, welcoming café. Aside from great food, there’s a small arts and crafts shop onsite that sells hand-crafted goods from local artisans.
At weekends, a pianist provides entertainment (fancy!) and it’s widely popular with cyclists and tourists alike. It can get very busy so arrive early to avoid disappointment!
6. The Wizard Tearooms, Macclesfield Road, Alderley Edge, Cheshire, SK10 4UB
Open Sat & Sun, 10am-5pm
Informal and inviting, these tearooms in the National Trust district of Alderley Edge offer indoor and outdoor seating. There’s plenty of space to park up bikes and enjoy views of the Cheshire countryside while sipping a proper brew and refuelling with a quality, home-cooked, bite to eat.
7 The Roots Café, Blackleach Farm, Roots Lane, Catforth, Preston PR4 0JB
Weds-Fri 10am-4pm, Sat-Sun, 9.30am-3.30pm
There’s no need to stand on ceremony here. Cyclists make their way to Roots for the especially warm welcome offered by the friendly staff who rustle up simple, tasty, breakfast, lunch and dinner dishes.
There’s a small craft shop onsite for souvenir hunters and plenty of outdoor space to secure bikes and soak up some country air and sunshine.
8 The Popup Bikes Café, Arch 5, Corporation Street, Manchester, M4 4DG
Open Mon-Fri 7.30am-7.30pm, Sat 9am-6pm, Sun 10am-4pm
This is the quintessential cyclist’s café. Designed specially to cater for anyone on two wheels, this place is a real hub for the cycling community. Great food and coffee can be found along with facilities for repairs, bike sizing and advice. Not to be missed!
9. The Dales Bike Centre, Fremington, Richmond, North Yorkshire, DL11 6AW
Open Mon-Sun 9.30am-5pm
Perhaps not strictly in the North West but well worth a visit anyway, this café offers welcome respite and accommodation to road and MTB cyclists exploring the Dales. The knowledgeable team here built their business on a love of bikes and it shows. Great food, great advice and great services.
10. Cheshire Ice Cream Farm, Newton Lane, Tattenhall, Chester, Cheshire CH3 9NE
With all sorts of onsite activities this place is perfect for cycling families or anyone who loves ice-cream – they’ve got more than fifty award winning flavours! It’s the ideal place to give little legs (or big, tired ones) a rest from the ride to get some refreshments.
Is there another café that’s your personal favourite? Tell the us all about it. We're always looking for hidden gems to visit across the North West!