Favourite tea shops

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Re: Favourite tea shops

Postby Vorpal » 7 Jan 2019, 4:16pm

At the mention of station cafe, I thought to check if anyone had include the one at Manningtree station on the thread. They serve real ale (Mr. V approves), as well as typical cafe foods, and a substantial English breakfast. I don't think they are exactly a tea shop, but they are an interesting blend of pub and station cafe that works pretty well.

There is reasonable cycle parking, nice routes in the area, and it's between NCN 51 and NCN 1 on the River Stour. It's also on the Essex Way, and offers lovely walks in 'Constable Country'.

I have to admit that I have been there only once in recent years (due to living abroad), and it didn't seem quite as nice the last time I visited (I don't know if that is nostalgia or deterioration!), but I used to be a regular visitor & thought it deserved mention here.

p.s. whether I prefer to stand, sit on a rock or a wall eating a packed lunch, or sit in a nice cafe & have someone bring me a fancy coffee drink varies depending upon my mood & what sort of ride I am doing.
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Re: Favourite tea shops

Postby 100%JR » 25 Jan 2019, 11:49am

Windmill Cafe,Royd Moor,Penistone.
Mentioned this on before but I think deserves another mention as it's been extended and completely refurbished 8)

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Re: Favourite tea shops

Postby JohnW » 25 Jan 2019, 4:59pm

100%JR wrote:Windmill Cafe,Royd Moor,Penistone.
Mentioned this on before but I think deserves another mention as it's been extended and completely refurbished 8)

+1 to Windmills Café. I must have seen you there.

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Re: Favourite tea shops

Postby PitPony » 26 Jan 2019, 6:11pm

Try the village hall at Gargrave when there's a flea market/collectors fair on. They are usually on the second and fourth Sunday of the month.
You have to pay 50 pence to get in but the money goes to keeping the hall going and I'm in favour of preserving this sort of thing.
The cakes are all home made, egg or bacon butties also available and all at very low prices.
People are friendly and you can hear some interesting conversations from some real characters. You can also browse the "collectors" /craft items whilst the rain passes.

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Re: Favourite tea shops

Postby 100%JR » 26 Jan 2019, 11:41pm

JohnW wrote:
100%JR wrote:Windmill Cafe,Royd Moor,Penistone.
Mentioned this on before but I think deserves another mention as it's been extended and completely refurbished 8)

+1 to Windmills Café. I must have seen you there.

More than likely.
I'm usually there with my lad,me in Barnsley Road Club/100%JustRide kit him in Huddersfield Star Wheelers kit 8)

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Re: Favourite tea shops

Postby brynpoeth » 27 Jan 2019, 4:58am

I really want to know, why are you two in different clubs? :wink:
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Re: Favourite tea shops

Postby 100%JR » 27 Jan 2019, 10:21am

brynpoeth wrote:I really want to know, why are you two in different clubs? :wink:

I'm not...I'm in three.Well I was but I'm not renewing my subs to the Charity Team when it runs out at the end of the month.
BRC is my Primary.
100% aren't really a club but a group of mates who left a Charity Team due to infighting.No subs/membership we "Just ride"
Most riders I know are in two clubs!

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Re: Favourite tea shops

Postby JohnW » 27 Jan 2019, 9:39pm

100%JR wrote:
JohnW wrote:
100%JR wrote:Windmill Cafe,Royd Moor,Penistone.
Mentioned this on before but I think deserves another mention as it's been extended and completely refurbished 8)

+1 to Windmills Café. I must have seen you there.

More than likely.
I'm usually there with my lad,me in Barnsley Road Club/100%JustRide kit him in Huddersfield Star Wheelers kit 8)

I'm always in an orange jersey. I ride Pennine frames. I'm from Halifax - Calderdale CTC. It's usually 2.00pm - 3.00pm when I arrive - late lunch, early tea. I'm old!

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Re: Favourite tea shops

Postby 100%JR » 27 Jan 2019, 9:52pm

Not Calder CTC but a few of the gang I go to Mallorca with ride with Calder Clarion
I reckon we’ve probably crossed paths up there and I’ll look out for you in future!

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Re: Favourite tea shops

Postby JohnW » 27 Jan 2019, 10:25pm

100%JR wrote:Not Calder CTC but a few of the gang I go to Mallorca with ride with Calder Clarion
I reckon we’ve probably crossed paths up there and I’ll look out for you in future!

Calder Clarion and Calderdale CTC - two different clubs - the Clarion are Wakefield based, and faster than me!
Yes - you and I must have been up there at the same time occasionally.

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Re: Favourite tea shops

Postby atoz » 4 Feb 2019, 12:38pm

JohnW wrote:
100%JR wrote:
JohnW wrote:+1 to Windmills Café. I must have seen you there.

More than likely.
I'm usually there with my lad,me in Barnsley Road Club/100%JustRide kit him in Huddersfield Star Wheelers kit 8)

I'm always in an orange jersey. I ride Pennine frames. I'm from Halifax - Calderdale CTC. It's usually 2.00pm - 3.00pm when I arrive - late lunch, early tea. I'm old!


I second the Windmills Cafe also. Mind you, it's pretty damn windy up there- no prizes for guessing why there's so many wind turbines. I was once reduced to one to one gearing on the flat up there in a howling gale,,

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Re: Favourite tea shops

Postby geocycle » 4 Feb 2019, 1:45pm

PitPony wrote:Try the village hall at Gargrave when there's a flea market/collectors fair on. They are usually on the second and fourth Sunday of the month.
You have to pay 50 pence to get in but the money goes to keeping the hall going and I'm in favour of preserving this sort of thing.
The cakes are all home made, egg or bacon butties also available and all at very low prices.
People are friendly and you can hear some interesting conversations from some real characters. You can also browse the "collectors" /craft items whilst the rain passes.


Useful tip, thanks. I used to frequent the White Cottage which appears to have closed. The Dalesman was the classic Dales cyclist cafe but I was unimpressed with the food last time I went in. The previous time a few years ago I was served by a woman dressed in a police uniform while someone in the back was a stormtrooper..... it took me a few years to dare to return!

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Re: Favourite tea shops

Postby JohnW » 4 Feb 2019, 2:32pm

atoz wrote:.............I second the Windmills Cafe also. Mind you, it's pretty damn windy up there- no prizes for guessing why there's so many wind turbines. I was once reduced to one to one gearing on the flat up there in a howling gale,,


27" gear on the flat! - that's some headwind, if it wasn't just a gust! I've had some raw weather up there myself, but I don't remember anything as extreme. I have seen a written claim that it's the windiest inland place in Britain, but I'd like to see some learned proof. Your comment about the suitability for the wind farm is certainly appropriate.

Have you been to the nearby viewpoint, and seen York Minster? You'll need a clear-ish day, and you'd need to know where to look, but with binoculars on a relatively clear day, it's impressive. As I say, you need to know where to look - the engraved brass direction plate in the middle of the stone-wall circle isn't much help - not accurate enough.

I once saw one of the Humber Bridge piers from up there, using a young chap's very powerful tripod mounted binoculars. He said that it was unusual, and the conditions at the time were on what he called the limit of visibility. I've never seen it since, using my hand-held bins.

Going back to the (excellent) :D :D café, it's not the same since staff-member Angela moved on :cry: :cry: - a lot of the laughter has gone.

One downside-comment though - since the recent alterations, you can't see and watch your bikes from inside the café :roll: :roll: and that's a serious security issue :shock: :shock: . One of the many good points about the place previously was that we could see our bikes from within.

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Re: Favourite tea shops

Postby CyclingGuy » 4 Mar 2019, 10:03pm

Came across a new cafe stop a couple of weeks ago - if you're in the Basingstoke area at any time check out House28 in Sherfield on Loddon.

Be warned though it's a vegan cafe, so you won't get a bacon butty or sausage roll however the cake selection is outstanding.

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Re: Favourite tea shops

Postby JohnW » 4 Mar 2019, 11:09pm

JohnW wrote:......................One downside-comment though - since the recent alterations, you can't see and watch your bikes from inside the café :roll: :roll: and that's a serious security issue :shock: :shock: . One of the many good points about the place previously was that we could see our bikes from within.


About the Windmills Café - Penistone. When I wrote the above I was commenting on the basis of information given to me by other cyclists, and on the basis of what I could see when I'd dropped by whilst the building works were on-going.

I was wrong. Bikes are still visible from inside the café, parked in the places that I've always parked mine. This isn't a problem. The menu is slightly more expansive than previously. (I said expAnsive!!!!!),