At Formby Cycles, we are totally passionate about getting out and about on our bikes. But we also love being able to chill out with a drink and something to eat at one of our favourite cycle cafés. Here are some of our top picks to try for yourself:
Station Road, Rufford L40 1TB
This is a great old-fashioned café selling amazing cakes and hearty lunches - perfect after a long ride! Our team loves the cooked breakfast, the excellent coffees and the almond cakes in particular. The interior is small and cosy and the atmosphere is friendly.
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 9.00am - 4pm Sat-Sun 9.00am – 5pm.
Parkgate Rd, Two Mills, Chester CH1 6EZ
This is a famous cyclists' café used by groups, clubs, tours and individuals throughout the year - and has been since word first got out in 1929! There is plenty of room for bikes and the café is particularly well-known for its excellent home-made cakes. It's a great start to meet up with fellow cyclists before a run, or to finish after a day out, and the sticky toffee pudding is a particular favourite with our team.
Opening hours: Weds 8.30am- 5pm Fri 9.30am – 3pm Sat & Sun 8.30am -5pm Bank Holidays 9.00am - 4pm.
2 Club Lane, Chipping Preston, PR3 2QH
This is another lovely old-fashioned café on a cobbled street and it's legendary for its Sunday teas. The value for money is excellent and the fresh scones are a must. All the cakes and sandwiches are home-made on the premises and guests often comment on how good the service is. A great place to linger and refuel.
Opening hours: Mon-Sun 10.00am – 5pm.
Blackleach Farm, Roots Lane, Catforth, Preston PR4 0JB
Another café that is strong on using quality local ingredients, we love the all-day paninis, breakfasts and cakes on offer, alongside a great selection of fresh drinks and great quality coffee. You'll find it hard to resist the array of freshly-baked cakes sitting under glass on the counter as you arrive, and there is also a small arts and crafts shop on site.
Opening hours: Weds–Fri 10.00am – 4.00pm Sat-Sun 9:30am – 3:30pm.
135 Main Street, Keswick, Cumbria, CA15 5NJ
With fantastic views of Skiddaw, this is a real favourite with cyclists. We love the fresh milkshakes. There's plenty of space outside for bikes and dogs are allowed inside too. Look out for superb cakes and home-made food, which includes gluten free options. The atmosphere is friendly and welcoming and there are various cycling related items and artwork for sale inside.
Opening hours: Summer open Mon-Sun 9am - 5pm; Nov-Mar open Mon-Sun 10am - 4pm, closed Tuesday & Wednesday.
The rear of 92 King Street, Knutsford, Cheshire WA16 6ED
This is such a quaint and quirky place that it's worth visiting for the interior alone. Look out for the suspended bikes and the electric train set amongst other features. It's a small venue so be careful not to miss it, but once you're in you'll love the fantastic coffees, speciality teas and delicious menu.
Opening hours: Mon-Sat 9.30am -4.30pm Sun 10.00am – 4pm.
Arch 5, Corporation Street, Manchester M4 4DG
Enjoy food and drink, cheap bike parking, repairs, advice and more at this fantastic pop-up bike destination under the arches. It's popular with all ages and a great spot for cyclists.
Opening hours: Mon - Fri 7.30am - 7.30pm Sat 9.00am - 6.00pm
Sheep House Ln, Rivington, Lancashire BL6 7SD
A former chapel, this is lovely in summer for the grass and superb in winter for the crackling log fires. It's dog friendly; muddy boots and kit are not frowned upon; and the all-day breakfast and home-made cakes are just two highlights on the menu.
Opening hours: Mon-Sat 10am – 4pm Sun 9.30am – 4.30pm
Macclesfield Road, Alderley Edge, Cheshire, SK10 4UB
A larger venue, this is an old pub with great beer, food and atmosphere. Plenty of space outside for bikes and seating, and the cheese and onion pie is a particular favourite with our staffers. Just be mindful that this is a listed building so access can be trickier for disabled visitors.
Opening hours: Sat-Sun 10am - 5pm
Newton Lane, Tattenhall, Chester, Cheshire CH3 9NE
This needs no explanation or sales pitch - a farm, devoted to ice-cream, at the end of your ride. Beautiful, fresh, artisan, rich ice-cream, with drinks too and snacks on the side. What else do you need to enjoy your favourite sport to the max?
Opening hours: Mon-Sun 10.00am – 5.30pm