Above is a photo of the cake at Farleton View Tearoom where myself and Peter ending up after Sunday South Lakes Group ride after getting fed up of queuing at Wilf’s Cafe in Staveley, it took about 10 minutes of driving time down A591 to get to the tearoom, we walk into the tearoom where there was no queue, place our orders and pay for it and when to find place to sit in the tearoom and few minutes later our orders were brought across to us.
The reason for lack of queue at Farleton View Tearoom is they have better system in place to deal with customers placing orders.
So where are best cafes and tearooms where you get service with smile and no queues.
Above a photo of the new cafe at Barbon, unfortunately for me and Norman it was closed, from the note on the door it look like it going to be open from 8.00am to 5.30pm after Easter.
South Lakes Group member Norman reports that the Community Shop in Burton-in-Lonsdale is planning to open cafe soon, they looking for volunteers to staff the cafe there tables and chairs present can anyone add anymore information like opening times etc. So that we can put a bit more information on the Cyclist’s Cafe Guide and think about visiting it on South Lakes Group ride sometime in the future.
The cafe stop is important part any cycle club ride, it gives members on the ride a chance to catch up to get know each other better, in case of the South Lakes Group a good place to start a ride from, in the cold winter months a chance to warm up before continue on the ride. It also puts money back into local area which you visiting on the club ride which important on days when the motorist stay at home during the Winter months.
There a lot reasons for visiting a cafe on club ride which I have listed above and think we manage to get to a lot remote, wild and generally not easily accessible places on South Lakes Group rides with out need of Primus Stove and Kettle, also have a morning and afternoon cafe stop, it case of moving with times, that why the South Lakes Group is still going like our friends at RSF’s Lancashire Group which as be going for over fifty years where other local cycling groups like the old RSF’s South Wales Group are just a fond memory in the archives of cycling history because they did not stop at a cafe on club rides.
I think important point here, you have move with the times, look at what at other local cycling groups are doing and take their better ideals, use them on your group club rides.
There was notice in the tearoom at Deerslet, yesterday informing customers that the tearoom will closing on 26th August 2011 after being open for over nine years .
We cycled out toTwin Lakes Cafe at Croston on 30th December for our usual leg stretch there and have found out it is closing permanently in January.
The company who own the site are Ruttle Plant Hire and they have decided it isn’t profitable enough to keep it going. Seems strange as every time we go in it is busy and they always welcoming to cyclists and the food was good! I know a lot of RSF folk used it – we often bump into them there – as well as lots of other cyclists – so could you mention it in the weekly newsletter – to save some folk possibly having a long ride with no brew at the end!
All the animals and birds there have been either given to Pet Shops or, in the case of the hens, found new homes. Apparently the fishery lakes have been leased out to someone but there is no news on the cafe’s future I’m afraid. I am not aware of another cafe in Croston – there used to be one on the main street but it is now an Indian Restaurant. The nearest we know of are the two on the canal side at Rufford and the Delph Dive Centre near Eccleston.
Laura & Mike
The above was e-mail today via Brian the Secretary of the Lancashire Group. I should point out that the website does have large cyclist’s cafe section at this link, if your favourite cafe is not listed in the Cyclist’s Cafe Guide please let me know about it by sending me e-mail to simeonorme[at]southlakesgroup.org.uk with the following information, the name address of the cafe, phone number, opening times, the cafe website and photo of you eating the food there, plus any other comments about the cafe.
The e-mail below landed in my inbox yesterday can you help:
I hope you don’t mind me contacting you. I am a freelance journlist writing a feature for Cycling Plus magazine looking at the growing popularity of cycling cafes.
I notice in your text on the ‘Celebrating Cycling’ web site that your club stops at cafes as part of the regime, and I wonder: a) If you can recommend any cafes in your locality that are well geared up to cyclists (and why) b) If you or any of your fellow riders would be happy to email me some comment on why cafes form an integral part of your cycling (is it the most important part?) and what makes a good cafe for cyclists?
I do need to get all input in before July 30th 2010. Please let me know If you can help.
Best Nicola Smith
You can contact Nicola by e-mail at nicola[at]nicolasmith.net or on 01326 314949
I am looking to expand the coverage of the Cafe Guide on the South Lakes Group Website if you know of cafe which is not listed in the Guide please add the name and address of the cafe in comments below!