I started cycling 2 summers ago, in a bid to get fitter and save some money on my stuffy commute to work, I invested in the cycle to work scheme, and made use of the free cycle sessions provided by my local London Borough and started cycling to work.
As an active member of the Wimbledon Windmilers, I also join many of their Sunday cycle sessions. We often cycle into the Surrey hills out from Wimbledon High St and the below are my favourite cycle friendly coffee stops:
The Dabbling Duck, Shere
Shere is a cute village just outside of Guildford, and 20 miles out of London. A cool fact is that it was the country village also used for my favourite Christmas movie The Holiday. The Dabbling Duck has been a great stop off for me after many Surrey sportives and a lovely lunch stop if you just fancy a cycle out to Guildford from Wimbledon. They have a selection of cold and hot options, from Cakes, sandwiches, salads, soup to pies, chips and burgers. They have a lovely garden and yurt just outside the smaller cafe, where you can stand your bike up and enjoy a well deserved break.
Giro – Esher
Situated just off Esher high street, 8 miles out of London, just after Hampton Bridge. This is a popular stopping point for many South West London Cyclists. There’s some bike racks just outside the cafe, I’ve never locked up my bike as I consider it pretty safe to leave my bike outside unlocked and the cafe constantly has cyclists inside and outside on guard. The staff are incredibly friendly, and serve some lovely cake, croissants and coffees. There’s one shared toilet at the back of the cafe and they have their own Cycling apparel store towards the back too.
Box Hill Coffee stop – Box Hill
There’s a small cafe at the summit of Box Hill just off Zig Zag Road, this is a regular coffee stop for me when I ride out to the Surrey Hills. This stop can’t be missed, as you’ll see the countless road bikes and cyclists dismounting on your right. This is a cycle Mecca made famous due to the annual Prudential London Surrey 100 (a road race which rides part of the Olympic road route). The cafe serves sandwiches, hot pasties, flapjacks, fruit, cake, along with a selection of hot and cold drinks. On a hot summers day I often treat myself to a cheeky ice lolly to cool down in the heat.
Plucky Pheasant – Newlands Corner
The Plucky Pheasant is a second cafe run by the owners of the Dabbling Duck, situated on Dorking Road in the Surrey Hills. This cafe is a good stop just after tackling Newlands Corner which is one of the big hills on the Prudential Ride London Route. It has a similar spread to the Dabbling Duck but makes a good stop during prudential training.
These are a few of my favourite Surrey coffee stops, however the luxury of cycling means you can explore and find hidden places to stop off and enjoy the countryside a stones throw away from the city.