It’s all about the Cafe, Coffee and Cakes and the bike is just an excuse

I post many photos when I’m out cycling around the North East region, many of them are cake related and I often get asked, where is that cafe?

So I thought I’d drop in a post just about the cafes I frequent on the bike (normal people are also welcome)

Pedalling Squares, Swalwell, opened 2014, going great guns, riding high on Trip Advisor. Great ambiance. Store your bike securely inside, outside eating area with pizza oven, great local produce sweet and savoury, often cycle related media on the big screen, various music nights and welcoming staff and their own Barista, Bike shop attached – free wifi

Fausto Cafe, Sunderland –  the new kid on the block (opened this year), just off the seafront. Small but perfectly formed. all home baked goods, friendly and chatty owner. Welcoming cyclists and non-cyclists alike. If finishing C2C you get free cake with the purchase of a cuppa – free wifi

Capheaton Tearooms – Green tin hut with open fire. Run by an elderly lady and be on your guard if you haven’t pre-warned her you are attending with more than 6 riders (it’s a rush). home made cakes. Very limited outdoor seating and cakes can run out by 2pm. lucky if you get a phone signal. Open Sat/Sun

Blacksmiths Cafe, Belsay – Nice cafe with indoor and outdoor seating with views overlooking the rolling fields. A large selection of cakes and other savouries. Can get very busy especially around lunch time. Popular with the purple rinse brigade.

Impromptu Cafe, Elsdon, Northumberland. The old schoolhouse – it’s the owners front room. It’s like stepping back in time with vinyl table cloths and cycling related memorabilia adorning the walls and ceiling. Great owners offering an honest service and will never turn a cyclist away whatever time they arrive. Home made grub and baking including Gibbet Cake. I think they are closed on Thursdays

Parkhead Station, top of Crawleyside Bank. A favourite stop off of the C2C’ers having just climbed Crawleyside or come across the rough track on the moor top. Can get busy.

Hownsgill Tea Rooms, Castleside, Consett – Set on a working farm with great views of the rolling countryside. Inside and outside seating areas and very reasonably priced

And yes there are more I’ve visited which I haven’t listed – but this should be your starter (pun intended)


About barneybear69

'middle aged' cyclist from North East aiming to do the LEJOG in August 2011
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4 Responses to It’s all about the Cafe, Coffee and Cakes and the bike is just an excuse

  1. Chris White says:

    Hi Nigel,

    My name is Chris White and I was the running who stopped you for a chat on Sunday on the Quayside Newcastle. Give me a ring if you are interested in the bikes. Best regards Chris

    Mob: 07989 269155

  2. Michelle says:

    So many cake stop! Thanks for listing a few local ones! Will have to suss out the one in Sunderland
    Fausto Cafe!

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