Cafe Connoisseur Ep1 – The Cyclist – Sudbury

With my monthly meet up with my coach scheduled for this week, and a recent discovery of a new cycling cafe in Sudbury. It was a good opportunity to try it out. You know me, I can’t miss the chance to try a cafe. So here it is, my comprehensive review of the Cyclist, Sudbury…

Food:

I’ll start with the cakes. Because we all know they are the most important. They have passed on traditional cakes, personally my favourite, in favour of more tarts, brownies and biscuits. In my opinion, when im swinging 3hours into a 5hour ride, I want cake. A big slice of cake, with cream and chocolate and all those sugary things that are going to get me home. Don’t get me wrong, it all looks very nice and the Dutch Apple Tart I had was very good and I would recomend. But it wasn’t getting me out of a bonk.

Neither of us tried the more foody options, so I can’t comment on them, although the range seemed somewhat limited at this time. But once again we were promised this would change shortly.

Drink:

The coffee was surprisingly good! Two flat whites went down with ease. One thing, I want my coffee in a mug, not a glass. We are not in London here. Stop trying to be a hipster. The range seems to be comprehensive. Anything you could imagine really. And a flat white for £2.50 is neither expensive or cheap, just sort of spot on. It forfills the golden rule of getting cake and a drink for a fiver or less.

Along with the standard cafe drink options, around the other side of the bar is an actual bar! And by the looks of the facebook page they will be serving some interesting drinks. The one that caught my eye was the Adnams Dry Hop Lager. I don’t drink much, but when I do apparently I am surprisingly good at it, until it comes back up a few hours later. But in my very VERY brief experiences, Dry Hop is always a good choice!

Venue:

I seemed to see three fairly big issues pretty quickly. One. The lack of bike storage. The sign out the front says there is bike parking around the back, but currently there isn’t anything secure and it feels like you are leaving your bike in someone’s back garden with full and very easy access from the main road. I was told they are meant to be fitting a secure bike shed in the next week or so. But unless that shed is the size of a small house and fits 50 bikes, not much use for a club ride.

Secondly. The “no cleats” sign on the door. You’re having a laugh right? Do you want me to take my lycra off as well? Bring a change of clothes? It’s a cycling cafe isn’t it, and as far as I know 99% of cyclists have cleats. On closer inspection this is only for the wooden floor to the left hand side of the cafe. But that is where the bar is. So in theory if you want to order andything you have to take off your shoes. Frankly, when its freezing cold and I have overshoes on and solid hands, I am not doing that. I have wooden floors at home. They have marks on yes, but from me dropping bikes or throwing tools, not from my plastic cleats. Three. If you are going to work in a cycling cafe, learn to wear a cycling cap. Low to the brows with luft. I was trying the much more difficult task of pulling off a Belgium style winter cycling cap and it was a superior attempt. Rule #22, see here for urgent advice.

Apart from this, the place is nice and has the potential to be very good. The use of an old pub building means it is very open and plenty of room for many cyclists to talk crap about how this weeks training has been bad or boast about there massive ftp on the club ride and then get spat all the way home.

Pros:

Good Coffee

Will have good atmosphere

Reasonably Priced

WiFi

Has beer!

Cons:

Secure Bike Storage

Card ONLY – no cash payments

Get over the floor!

I want proper cake!

I think I have covered all my thoughts from the ride home. So I will leave it at that. I’ll go back for sure, but maybe once there is a safe place to leave my bike…

One thought on “Cafe Connoisseur Ep1 – The Cyclist – Sudbury

  1. Thanks for the review Ollie – always great to see feedback. Following the opening weeks we now have a secure shed for bikes on site. We’ve chilled out about our restored wooden floors – except retro metal cleats : ) We serve good healthy cakes – not junk food – the ones you refer to are probably factory made – but will ask other cyclists what they think too (I can never understand more cyclists don’t have a cake … and a banana : ) We use glass as it rationalizes our drinking vessels – the same glasses are used for our (organic) wine and (quality) gin etc – we think coffee tastes much better in glass besides. We hope to see you again.

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