STOP! It's coffee time!
As the trees lose their leaves and the temperature drops into the low teens or single figures, for many longer rides don't seem as appealing. But if you're like us, you still yearn to get out on your bike for your mental health as much as your fitness. So at this time of year, the coffee stop is even more critical to your ride and here are our top coffee pit stops you should try within a comfortable radius from our shop.
Cafe Velo Verde Home Farm Car Colston Road, Screveton, Nottingham, NG13 8JL https://caffeveloverde.co.uk/
Voted as one of the top 10% of restaurants in the world, Velo Verde received the TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice Award 2020, as well as a top 10 status as a FLAB top 10 for coffee and cake. The award-winning bacon and sausage sandwiches are a great pit stop treat, which complement the amazing single bean coffee. Sit back as 90% of visitors are cyclists. Admire their rides and chat with other like-minded people. We're fortunate to have such a dedicated cycling cafe so close to us, you'd be a fool not to visit.
Cafe Allez The Visitor Car Park, Belvoir Castle, Belvoir, Nr. Grantham NG32 1PE, https://cafeallez.uk/index.html
Based under the idyllic Belvoir Castle, Cafe Allez has fast become a key stop for many a cyclist. Sourcing as locally as possible.The coffee is roasted by 200 Degrees from Nottingham, bread from Grantham bakery Bloomsbury, sausages from The Country Victualler at The Engine Yard (which is situated across the road form the cafe) and ice cream from Thaymar Dairy Ice Cream, a family firm in Retford. Their cycling theme has a nod to cycling, which reflects their passion for riding and the thriving cycling scene in the Vale of Belvoir: With a track pump available and a free fill of your bidon, they also stock a wide range of ‘get you home’ bike spares.
The Tea Rooms - Southwell Garden Centre Fiskerton Rd, Southwell NG25 0TH https://www.southwellgardencentre.co.uk/tea-rooms/
From light lunches to home-cooked dinners; from coffee and cake to tea and scones; this is a staple stop for many cyclists. With an array of cakes that are of just the right cycling sized portion...massive...we know that there is a cake to suit all tastes. Make sure you get there early for the freshly baked scones and take a rest with a pot of tea or coffee. The place bustles around you, with locals from Southwell dropping in to peruse the garden centre and club rides a plenty from Lincolnshire, Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire.
Timmermans Lowdham Ln, Woodborough, NG14 6DN https://timmermansdirect.co.uk/
The closet pit stop to our shop (around 5 miles away) Belle and Joes at Timmermans garden centre has been serving cyclists for as long as we can remember. With an extensive selection of home cooked and baked goods to boot. It is a popular stop before you attack the short climbs of either Bank hill from Woodborough or Georges Lane from Calverton.
Wymondham Windmill, Butt Lane, Wymondham, Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire,LE14 2BU
Set in rural Leicestershire under the impressive windmill, this coffee stop is set back on quiet undulating roads with picturesque views. The furthest away from our shop this is a 60 mile round ride. Popular with cyclists form Leicestershire and Nottinghamshire, they have an array of teas, coffees and cake, or light lunches. If the day isn't too cold, you can sit underneath the 200-year-old windmill and soak in the surroundings.
Have you visited these? Are there any others we should know about? If you have a preferred stop you would like to share with our community, let us know!