The Cheese Shop, Howden
This is my favourite cycling café for a few reasons. When I got back into cycling, reaching Howden from South Cave seemed an epic achievement (both for distance and the fact I was lost). The Cheese Shop is in the heart of the town square and I was glad of somewhere to sit and work out where I was. I sat at a table outside and basked in the unexpected sunshine (it was March). Whilst there another cyclist came along and we got chatting – it was then I realised that cycling was not so much a solo hobby more of ‘a club’.
With the formation of South Cave Road Club, Howden and the Cheese Shop has become our regular Saturday morning ride. The standard route has been tweeked a few times but is now set out at 20 there via the tile yards, Blacktoft and Saltmarshe and 37 back via Everingham. Subject to family commitments, lack of motivation or weather this can be shortened all the way back to 20 miles – which is just there and back on the old A63.
The café itself serves reasonable coffee and a very impressive range of cakes. It also serves sandwiches and hot food – and if the staff are feeling naughty they hover round the tables with a tray of freshly baked sausage rolls until the aroma forces you to buy one. If sat outside you are opposite a fine old churchy thing with I dare say a very interesting history.
I have taken cyclists who don’t normally partake in café stops – but after one visit they are instantly converted.