Steve is passionate about his coffee. Confronted by two skim milk cappuccino drinkers, he endeavoured to educate us while creating a brew we would enjoy. 'Cows don't produce skim milk,' he stated. Steve's milk of choice is Pure Jersey Full Cream Milk from the Alexandrina Cheese Company. We had to agree our Thai Coffee and Red Russian started with the most delicious thick foam topping and were good to the last drop. The beans were specially chosen, freshly ground and processed through a siphon. Steve loves the siphon for it's full powered brew, incredible smoothness and distinct flavour profile. He believes it adds a whole new world of subtlety to the experience. Our dining guests, with their recently converted European palettes, chose black siphon coffee with a cold press on the side.
Customers are welcomed into Steve's and Kat's healthy lifestyle habits as they step through the door. Coffee comes in real mugs, not take away cups, so that you sit down and enjoy companionable conversation. Artificial sweeteners are pleasingly absent, but if needed, you can add unprocessed sugar to your brew from the bowl on each table.
Steve describing the siphon process Photograph by Jenny Rossiter
If you are riding solo, a selection from the library of cyclists' quality reading material will keep you company over a coffee. Admiring the engraved quotations adorning the walls is a source of amusement. Any of these, or other sayings, can be made to order as a vintage sign.
Every where you turn, your eye is caught by artistically displayed jewellery, watches, clever quotations and interesting art pieces.
Books to browse and treasures to buy Photographs by Jenny Rossiter
'Le Grande Desorde' shared by two Photograph by Jenny Rossiter
Food is healthy, generous and delicious. Faced with the difficult decision of savoury or sweet choices, Kat offered us two half serves of 'Le Grande Desorde' (a deconstructed omelette) with delightful tomato relish, followed by fluffy Banana Pancakes with poached peaches and pears. Cream for him and yoghurt for her, a most intuitive decision by Kat.
Our two half serves of Banana Pancakes with poached fruit and creamy topping Photograph by Jenny Rossiter
Food is not served in a 'musette' - a disposable cotton shoulder bag handed to riders during a race - but on an eclectic collection of plates with vintage cutlery, accompanied by a traveller's collection of teaspoons.
Personalised coffee in a personalised mug is all part of the service Photograph by Jenny Rossiter
On Saturdays, Paul from Cycle2U is available from 10.00am to service or repair your bike while you refuel your body.