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.
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Seasons Café Deli, Old Amersham
Once voted one of the top coffee shops in the country there are usually a handful of cyclists sitting outside the Seasons Cafe Deli on a warm sunny day. Nice vibe too and a good cycling community in the area. Obviously a great selection of post-ride snacks and the perfect place to sit and watch the world go by.
The Quince Tree, Stonor
Big shop, café, deli and fresh produce here with plenty of outside space. They even make their own natural energy bar! Perfect spot for a quiet lunch in a quintessential English village in the heart of the Oxfordshire countryside but more likely you’d want to end a ride at The Quince Tree and stock up on goodies to take home.
Espresso Lounge, Tring
On the main high street in Tring this is a popular cafe with local cyclists and is run by a keen cyclist. Excellent Fair Trade coffee made by a real connoisseur who will make it to your requested strength and tasty seasonal food, they also have an alcohol license. Ask inside the Expresso Lounge and you can pop your bikes in the secure alley down the side.
Granary Deli, Watlington
Good coffee and a cracking polenta cake here; ciabatta and other tasty lunch food and drink also available. Award winning local foods, tables full of olives, shelves full of chutneys and lots more. The Granary Deli also specialise in cheese. Go easy though, it’s a big climb to get back up on to the Chilterns ridge.
Café in the Woods, Wendover Woods
Perfectly placed for all the trails Wendover offers and Aston Hill is not very far away the Cafe in the Woods serves good food and drinks from the highest point in the Chiltern Hills. Open all year round so don’t restrict your outings to the summer months.
And we're not finished yet. Coming in Part Two: Brownlow’s Café (Ashridge Estate), Sanuk Craft Centre (Potten End), Rumsey’s of Wendover, Scoops (Berkhamsted) and a few more. There’s quite a list to get through and there’s only so much coffee and cake one can consume in a year…
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