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“Very well fed at one of the fun, Quirky workshops.”

Greystoke Cycle Cafe Tea Garden
Ranked #1 of 1 Coffee & Tea in Greystoke
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$5 - US$10
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Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast
Description: We have slightly Quirky Opening Times for the Tea Garden between mid May and end of September - it's important you read these below so you don't arrive to find us closed. We serve Aga made cakes, cream teas, home made cordials and jams, hot mugs tea, lovely milkshakes, hot chocolate, real coffee, lovely soups, pastas and puds. We're not posh - just a simple family Tea Garden with lovely views across to Greystoke Castle, 2 friendly cats and some hens. Please don't expect a frilly warm tea room - we have shelter in the form of unheated gazebos and the Cyclists barn (which may contain dust!) - so please remember to bring a coat if it's chilly. Everyone is welcome (even non cyclists, well trained children* and dogs) on Fridays 12-6pm and Saturdays 10-6pm and at least the 2nd Sunday of the month 10-6pm but often every Sunday midsummer. Please remember we have no parking - we ask people to walk from the village c/park 350 yds or parking on roadside recess opposite Howard Park 150yds. In accordance with our local Planning Consent . . . Cyclists arriving on bikes are welcome everyday in season between 10AM and 6PM . We have free juice for your water bottles (to drink off site), bike oil, track pumps and a few spares - plus hot water bottles and blankets which seem to work well! Food wise (the very least we can give you is tea and cakes and if we can (hopefully nearly always) we will rustle up some lovely home cooked food for you from the menu. We make our living from running over 150 courses a year in Art , Beekeeping, Heritage and Country Craft , Cookery, bike maintenance and Textile courses Just occasionally over lunchtimes we may have to ask you to wait for 10 minutes if the courses students have just entered the kitchen for lunch . Equally for those arriving after lunch on a workshop day there are often extra puddings on the menu - lemon meringue roulades or frangipanis. Workshop lunches are usually served between 1 and 2pm . Thank you for your understanding.
Borders, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
35 reviews
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“Very well fed at one of the fun, Quirky workshops.”
Reviewed 16 August 2014

I participated on a Quirky workshop weekend at the Cycle Cafe. It was a really fun, easy-going, and productive learning experience, with sustenance from very good home-made food in a stunning setting. Teas, or coffees, and home-made biccies are brought to sustain the small group of participants through the day, and a fabulous, and very tasty lunch was provided. The tutor on my course was great - explaining processes, and showing patience, as well as encouraging us all with our creative endeavours. The Cycle Cafe, on the edge of the village, is in a super, country setting, with views to Greystoke Castle, and the surrounding countryside. The gardens are well maintained, and grow some of the food for Cycle Cafe meals. Cyclists stopping here seem to be very well catered for with sustenance for riders, and also for their bikes.
The owner of the Cycle Cafe (Annie) is a very welcoming, and helpful person, and a very good cook. In fact she's a dynamo of a character filled with fun, cheeriness, and full of really helpful advice both before and during the course. Being on a coeliac diet was no problem here, and there are even courses on gluten-free baking! Thank you, Annie.
On this experience, I'd recommend courses here, and there are lots of them to chose from in all sorts of subjects through the year. I had a fabulous time, came home with my newly made creations, with new skills, and was well sustained with quality fresh food in the process. I'll be saving up, and hope to return for another workshop as soon as I can.

  • Visited July 2014
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Thank Fiona R
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CycleCafe1, Owner at Greystoke Cycle Cafe Tea Garden, responded to this review, 7 October 2014
Fiona, thank you so much for this really lovely and comprehensive feedback, it was a lovely surprise when the email came, it was so kind of you and also good to know your first Quirky experience was such an enjoyable one. It's been a busy summer as you might imagine with the weather; we've had a lot of workshops, visiting cyclists and made many lunches, cakes and cream teas. The damson tree is heaving with fruit so next years scones will be served with damson and elderberry jam all summer! Melinda (the Silver course tutor) is coming again in November, it'll be good to see what creations the students make this time - I will show her your feedback here too. Thank you again and see you again soon we hope x
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“A lovely garden and the best bacon sandwich ever”
Reviewed 16 August 2014

We`v been visiting the north lakes for several years now ,a hidden secret of a true peaceful lake district for those of us who want the countryside without the crowds , The cycle café is for walkers also and anybody in need of repairs or help with their cycle just drop in , free soft drinks are laid out to refill your drinks bottles and you`ll be welcomed by 2 very friendly ladies offering sandwiches , soups and homemade cakes . You can sit in the lovely cottage garden with a view of greystoke castle or if the weather is not so good there is a barn laid out . my husband had a ham and cheese toastie but I went for the fresh bread thick bacon sandwich and added my extra fad cheese . the trick is the bacon is fried but not greasy , yummy . This is a lovely little corner of England , quirky and very special don`t pass by go in . a must

  • Visited August 2014
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Thank barbarab215
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CycleCafe1, Owner at Greystoke Cycle Cafe Tea Garden, responded to this review, 22 September 2014
Thank you so much for this kind review and all your comments - we;re pleased we got the bacon sandwich right - Hopefully we'll see you again another time :)
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Newcastle Upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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“Perfect stop off”
Reviewed 12 August 2014 via mobile

My son and I stopped here on the section of our C2C route from Keswick to Penrith on Tuesday 29th July. It is a perfect stopping place for cyclists and worth the extra few hundred metres through the village to reach it. There is plenty of parking for bikes and the lovely garden provides a peaceful and welcoming respite from relentless pedalling!! The menu is wide providing lunch as well as a range of wonderful cakes. There is an extensive range of refreshing cold drinks too. The staff were very helpful and attentive and it was very interesting to see the wide range of interesting workshops that they also run. We were lucky that this particular afternoon was warm and sunny and we lingered in the garden but the indoor barn available when the cafe is closed is an amazing additional thoughtful touch. All in all a lovely experience.

Visited July 2014
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Thank Alison P
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CycleCafe1, Owner at Greystoke Cycle Cafe Tea Garden, responded to this review, 2 December 2015
Dear Alison,

I am sorry it has taken me so long to reply to your review. I really appreciate your feedback and would like to thank you for time taken to do it.

It was a pleasure to welcome you and your son here that day and I am glad that the sun was shining so you could enjoy the garden

Warm Regards
Annie,
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Lee-on-the-Solent, United Kingdom
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“Excellent coffee and cake stop on the C2C route”
Reviewed 4 August 2014

Greystoke Cycle Cafe is the most perfect pit stop on the C2C route. About 40 miles from Whitehaven it is a good choice for your first stop. The welcome, coffee and lemon drizzle cake hit the spot and Annie was on hand with good advice for a change to the route because of an obstruction in the next village.

  • Visited July 2014
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Thank Pompey1961
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CycleCafe1, Owner at Greystoke Cycle Cafe Tea Garden, responded to this review, 2 December 2015
Thank you so much for your wonderful review. I am sorry it has taken me so long to reply to you.

I am glad you enjoyed the lemon drizzle cake.....there is always more of it should you decide to cycle this way again one day!

Warmest Wishes
Annie x
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Colchester, United Kingdom
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“A gem”
Reviewed 18 July 2014 via mobile

A beautiful fabulous welcome break for a warm drink, homemade cake (the chocolate tiffin was amazing) and in our case to shelter and dry off from the relentless rain we had been cycling in all day. Do not miss this stop.

  • Visited July 2014
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CycleCafe1, Owner at Greystoke Cycle Cafe Tea Garden, responded to this review, 22 September 2014
Thank you for taking the time to leave these lovely comments - hope fully see you agai another time
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