It’s an undisputed fact that cycling makes you hungry. Dan and Andrea share their favourite mid-ride places to refuel in the Peak.
It’s an undisputed fact that cycling makes you hungry. You’ve only got to look at the lycra clad warriors zipping about the Peak District to realise cycling is a great fat burner.
So how to refuel on a ride? For this blog we could have chosen to bang on about performance gels, slow release energy bars, electrolyte drinks etc. But that’s all a bit dull. Instead we can talk (at length) about the café stop, coffee, cakes, scones and other lovely stuff. A quick glance at the Trip Advisor app suggests there are 81 rated cafés in the Peak District National Park, of course not all of these establishments are good for the cyclist but we think there are a few that really hit the sweet spot.
So what do cafes need to meet the cyclists needs – here is our list:
- Good coffee. You can’t ride properly on a cup of instant. Many excellent establishments but Fuel in Matlock is especially good https://www.fuel-holloway.co.uk/menus)
- Great food. We look out for cakes, scones, pies, Derbyshire/Staffordshire oatcakes and beans on toast – for which Café Adventure on the Edale Road, Hope is a good choice https://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Restaurant_Review-g806086-d8431256-Reviews-Cafe_Adventure-Hope_Hope_Valley_Peak_District_National_Park_England.html
- Welcoming staff. Who are happy to accommodate slightly muddy/sweaty cyclists. One of the most friendly cafés in the Peak has to be The Eyam Tearooms who provide a lycra discount on all food on drinks, and Fiona who runs the place is lovely http://eyamtearooms.co.uk/
- Great location – far enough away from home to make the ride meaningful, good views, easily accessible and somewhere safe for the bike also. The Old Smithy in Monyash is a classic of its type https://oldsmithymonyash.com/ as is the (other) Old Smithy in Beeley, who do a lovely Eggs Benedict http://theoldsmithybeeley.co.uk/
And for post ride refreshment well that particular honour goes to The Norfolk Arms of Ringinglow. A common meeting and finishing place for numerous Sheffield cycling clubs and adjacent to the Lady Cannings MTB trails. Many a tall cycling tale of Froggatt triumph (or otherwise) has been spun between these walls and freezing hands warmed next to the wood burner. Great food, good choice of drinks, and an excellent selection of crisps. Norfolk Arms we salute you!