Best cafes in NW

Cafe Stop Map

No.1 Eureka Cafe
Two Mills, Parkgate Road, Woodbank, Chester, CH1 6EZ
Reviewer’s rating: 4/5 | Tel: 0151 339 5629
Opening times: Not open Mon, Tues or Thurs.

One of the few Cafes where you can gaze on Chris Boardman’s yellow jersey or a Giro Pink jersey. It’s not just a Cafe, but a whole cycling experience. Amazing what you pick up by just being there. Don’t take a picnic, you don’t want to get banned from the Eureka. Or get your name on the fridge – even a terrible cycling kit combo can get you on the dreaded ‘Fridge of Shame’.


No.2 The Greedy Pig

2 The Gables, Chester Rd, Kelsall, Chester CW6 0RZ
Reviewer’s rating: 5/5 | Tel: 01829 759399
Opening times: Mon-Fri 8-14.30; Sat 9-13.00

The Cake was fantastic, so good that I couldn’t eat it quick enough. Service was fast, especially as eight of us descended at the same time,
as well as a couple of locals.


No.3 The Lakeland Pedlar
Bell Close, Keswick, Cumbria, CA12 5JD
Reviewer’s rating: 5/5 | Tel: 01768774492
Opening times: Summertime daily 9am-5pm;
Wintertime Weekdays 9am-4.30pm; Weekends 9am-5pm

Good tasty food, friendly staff. Waiting for table, getting the orders through and served as well as the time required to eat through the massive portions made this the longest cafe stop we could envisage.


No.4 Cafe d’Lune
Corricks Lane, Lancaster, Lancashire, LA2 0AN
Reviewer’s rating: 5/5
Tel: 01524752048
Opening times: Mon-Fri 10am-4.30pm; Sat-Sun 10am-5pm

On a sunny day, there isn’t a seat to be had outside as cyclists flock there for the lovely home-made cakes and good coffee – all at a reasonable price.


No.5 The Lavender Barn
School Lane, Dunham Massey, Cheshire, WA14 4TR
Reviewer’s rating: 5/5
Tel: 07535127517
Opening times: 10am-4.30pm Tues-Sun & Bank Holiday Mon

Victoria Sponge is sublime, light and fluffy with a ring of cream surrounding a jammy layer. Cakes are made daily with a wide selection, quality is fantastic and portions generous. Tea is served in a pot – as it should be
No.6 Gusta Gusto
Roots Lane, off Blackleach Lane, Catforth, Preston, PR4 0JB
Reviewer’s rating: 5/5 | Tel: 01772691866
Opening times: Mon-Fri 10.30am-4pm

Very tasty and good value. Cake was moist and coffee was very good quality.


No.7 Bold Street Coffee
89 Bold Street, L1 4HF
Reviewer’s rating: 5/5 | Tel: 0151-707 0760
Opening times: Mon-Fri 7.30am-6pm; Sat 8am-6pm;
Sun 9.30am-5pm:

Bikes hung on wall like works of art makes this a great little city centre spot. Plus the fact that they make great coffee and the owner Sam is a keen cyclist make for a great combo for weekend and workday visits.


No.8 Cedar Farm
Mawdesley, Ormskirk, L40 3SY.
Tel: 01704 823396
Opening times: Monday – closed. Rest of the week & weekends open 10am-5pm.
There are two parts to this cafe, the first is the courtyard bit to the left that’s popular with club cyclists. Meanwhile, all the local pros and big hitters tend to frequent the other cafe round to the right by the entrance – we think this is because the coffee is much nicer and to get away from stalkers like us. We’ve pester the lads from Madison Genesis, Condor JLT and a few others in this part. Sir Brad apparently sometimes goes here.


No.9 Rattle Gill Cafe
2 Bridge St, Ambleside, Cumbria, LA11 9DU
Reviewer’s rating: 5/5
Tel: 015394 34403
Opening times: Thurs-Sun until 4.30pm ‘ish’

Cakes looked scrummy and everything was fresh and homemade. Whole place was vegetarian, but you wouldn’t notice the lack of meat.


No.10 Manor Farm
Newton Lane, Gatesheath, near Tattenhall, CH3 9AY
Reviewer’s rating: 5/5
Opening times: Open seven days per week 9am-7pm

After 30+ club runs last year, including cafe stops and poached egg and beans on toast, this one took the prize for quality and quantity. Cooked to perfection, with quality ingredients.


No.11 Brandeth Barn
Tarlscough Lane, Burscough, Ormskirk, Lancashire, L40 0RJ.
Reviewer’s rating 5/5
Tel: 01704 893510
Opening times: Weekends and weekdays (after 10am)
A real hidden gem. Lovely cosy and traditional tea-room, very popular among local cyclists. Cakes are made on-site, you can even catch them fresh from the oven. Lovely, friendly service from Edna & Co. We highly recommend this place at Spin. We go there, what more do you need to know?


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1 Comment on Best cafes in NW

  1. Great idea will try and catch one or two of them when I”m out and about….. What about Ryde and MeCycle . . . They more than deserve a mention

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