Here at Bikeworks we know that a good coffee and slice of cake whilst out on your bike is almost as essential as a well-serviced bike, especially as temperatures start to drop. That’s why we’ve complied a list of the top ten cafes in our opinion (in no particular order) across Derbyshire to stop off and refuel on your rides this Autumn. All these cafes are bike-friendly offering either bike storage, outdoor seating or bike-watchable windows!
1) Willow Tree Tea Rooms – Mercia Marina, Willington
A great place to sit back with a coffee and observe life at the marina after putting in the miles. Very spacious cafe with indoor and outdoor seating so plenty of room for you, your coffee cup and all your cycling paraphernalia. We recommend the eggs benedict off the breakfast menu – delish!
2) Herbert’s Fine English Tea Rooms – Tissington
Fantastic food and a great selection of drinks at the heart of a beautiful Derbyshire village. A great café stop for family rides on the Tissington trail. Herbert’s is in an idyllic location and not far from Tissington’s famous sweet emporium – Edward and Vintage – talk about sugar overload!
3) Calke Abbey -Ticknall
A National Trust country estate with a difference, Calke Abbey’s cafes serve a great range of homemade snacks, meals and drinks from the Calke estate. It’s also free entry on a bicycle - bonus! A great pit stop for rides around Ticknall, Staunton Harold and Melbourne.
3) Hassop Station Café - Monsal
Situated right at the start of the Monsal trail the Hassop Station is possibly one of the most cyclist friendly cafés in the area. This ride along the fairly flat trail won’t earn you any KOM points on Strava but it’s a great ride for children and the café has fab range of lunches and snacks cooked fresh every day. We recommend the quiches.
4) Melbourne Tea Rooms - Melbourne
Friendly staff and a mouth-watering selection of homemade cakes. Also open in the depths of winter when other nearby places are sometimes shut. They also serve a lovely afternoon tea (with plenty of gluten free options) for special occasions – perhaps not in your lycra!
5) The Flower Café – Ashbourne
Cheerful café with friendly staff who can cater for special diets. More of a summer pit stop as there isn’t space for cycles inside but you can sit outside. A great little place that serves a brilliant Victorian sponge!
6) Hackwood Farm - Mickleover
A great place to fill up on locally sourced produce. Ideal for short rides as not too far from the city centre but also works as great meeting point for rides to the north and south of Derbyshire. Sells an assortment of fresh produce and veg from the farm and brilliant homemade pork pies if you have room to carry them home.
7) Bryer’s – East Leake
A slightly rogue entry as located just outside our county lines but we think it deserves a spot nonetheless. Great selection of cakes and treats baked in-store daily. Delicious flat white coffees. We recommend the pastries – the croissants are to die for according to Dave!
8) Watermark Café – Carsington Water
Very popular on weekends due to its position at the reservoir but a great place to enjoy a coffee overlooking the water. Alongside its great menu and fab range of fresh sandwiches there’s also the chance to browse their bookshop and pick up a great read.
9) Kedleston Hall Tea Rooms - Kedleston
An authentic country estate experience with the original kitchen being used to house the Café. Delicious scones and toasted teacakes. An ideal place to refuel on your return leg into the city centre.
10) Jacks - Melbourne
Delicious milkshakes, great poached eggs and incredible toasties - need we say more! Another great rest stop for those exploring the south Derbyshire countryside. There's even a discount card for regular users.
We hope to see you all enjoying your mid-ride pit stops and sample some of our recommendations! Happy Cycling!