There are dozens of cafés dotted around the Chilterns producing fine food and tasty treats, just perfect for a mid-ride break or post-ride calorie replacement. We’ve been ‘testing out’ a few, purely in the name of research, and have compiled a list of some of our favourites.
As you’d expect from a cycle friendly area such as the Chilterns, many of these have already been adopted by local cycling groups as a favourite ride stop, which is always a good sign. And as a result they are happy to welcome cyclists and most have some facilities available. More details can be found in the full article at Cycle Chilterns.
Cafe Africa, Amersham
Tucked away just off Amersham high street Cafe Africa’s motto is “Fresh, fair and ethical”. A great selection of sandwiches and salads with specials, plus a good selection of drinks and cakes. They’re very pro-cycling and have even held Dr Bike sessions outside the cafe.
Lotte’s Kitchen, Chinnor
Think, pink! A delightful, traditional tea shop run by larger than life Lotte Duncan, a published cook. Cakes, sandwiches, specials and breakfasts, cookware and gifts are just some of the things Lotte’s Kitchen sell. There’s always a warm welcome for cyclists at the pink palace.
This feels like a local rendezvous for quite a few regulars; breakfast imbibers and passing through ‘collect a coffee’ commuters, but everyone is made to feel welcome.
Pierreponts has space for bikes outside (the neighbouring shop even put a rack up for bikes rather than have them leaning against their glass window – fair play). Goring is very well placed as a start (and/or end) point for rides at this end of the Chilterns with hills to the right and flat land to the left.
Coffee Approach, Great Missenden
Right in the centre of Great Missenden on the double mini roundabout, they only opened in 2013. Fairly basic but well priced menu of sandwiches and jacket potatoes plus some cakes and hot drinks and they serve Beechdean ice cream. Already a popular spot for passing cyclists on a weekend, Coffee Approach gives everyone a warm welcome and can pop bikes out the back.
The Chocolate Café, Henley-on-Thames
A patisserie selection to die for and a riverside location makes The Chocolate Cafe very popular with locals and visitors. A huge menu selection and generous portions, this place is just what you need after a long ride. But the biggest selling point is a speciality hot chocolate menu. (It’s a favourite winter destination.)
Chilli B’s, Hitchin
Hitchin is very much a ‘top right of the Chilterns’ place but there are some rides that loop out that way and the Chilterns Cycleway gets pretty close too. Chilli B’s, is certainly a place recommended by cyclists; nice atmosphere and good food comes as standard.