Nick Livermore samples the delights of Tetbury’s retro-inspired cycling café and shop. With beautiful flat whites and flavoursome homemade cake, it turns out this is one stop the Cotswolds can be proud of.
Veloton, nestled in the centre of Tetbury, is a cosy café/bicycle shop, whose staff are likely as passionate and knowledgeable about cycling as you… probably more so. As you walk in, feeling a little more than sheepish about marking their beautiful wood flooring with your pesky cleats, you’re met with the fragrance of good, strong coffee and the sight of numerous homemade, organic cakes.
Underlining the fact that you’ve just tiptoed into cycling heaven are the two bikes hung up securely in the shop window – available, of course, for purchase – the library of cycling magazines and books stacked about the place, the cycling-themed painting and prints adorning the walls and the suitably stylish, retro-inspired feel of the décor.
I wouldn’t hesitate for a second to roll up alone, order one of their well-balanced flat whites – strong and beautifully patterned – take a hefty bite out of the sweet, light and zesty lemon drizzle cake and spend a recuperative 30 minutes indulging in some velo-based literature. Arriving en-masse? Even better!
Move upstairs and you’ll find a surprisingly well-proportioned bicycle “showroom”, stocked mainly with a range of beautiful Bianchi and Ridley bikes, alongside Fizik and Castelli clothing, as well as numerous accessories and components – basically, everything you could possibly need as a cyclist. Being sopping-wet at the time of our visit, it’s difficult to comment on prices or service, but if the quality of their coffee and cake is anything to go by – and I suggest that it is – then you’re unlikely to be putting a foot wrong by visiting Veloton.
Interested in the route? Find it here on the Le Sportif website…