Explore – 7 Best Cycling Cafes on the Isle of Wight

In this 'Explore' blog post, I have picked out my 'Lucky 7' cycling cafés and pit-stops on the Isle of Wight. These venues are spread across the Island, but all serve up great homemade cakes, freshly ground coffee, and light lunches. They are welcoming to all riders — whether you are a muddy mountain biker or Lycra-clad road cyclist.

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The Garlic Farm Café – Newchurch (Central Wight)

The Garlic Farm is well situated just off the Sandown to Newport cycle path, and it is also on the route of a number of my Road Cycling Routes and Gravel Bike Routes. Year round, this delightful café serves up breakfast, brunch, lunch, and afternoon teas; not all have to have a garlic theme. Homemade cakes and fresh coffee are always available too, and you can sit outside in the sunshine, or inside next to the open fire depending on the time of year.

Caffe Isola – Newport (Central Wight)

Located in the heart of the town, Caffe Isola is set in a converted and beautifully refurbished church. The Italian themed café is famed for its great coffee, freshly made cakes, and splendid lunches. You can see the Island Roasted Coffee being freshly roasted in the atrium above the main café, and browse the superb range of local produce on sale.

Quarr Abbey Tea Rooms — Wootton (East Wight)

Quarr Abbey is a working monastery, and they produce a vast amount of fresh produce on the grounds. The Tea Rooms make full use of the homegrown delights, and 95 percent of the items sold in the café are from the Isle of Wight. The homemade cake and coffee are some of the best you will ever taste, and the extensive range in the shop will leave you stuffing your panniers or pockets with other goodies to take home.

Baywatch On The Beach — St Helens (East Wight)

The Baywatch Café on The Duver at St. Helens is an idyllic place to stop. It is a quick detour off the Round The Island route, but a trip down to Baywatch provides a beautiful setting. The selection of fresh coffees, teas, cakes, and lunches can be enjoyed sat out on the sea wall soaking up the sunshine and enjoying the view. If you were to begin your ride from Ryde or Fishbourne, the Baywatch also offers a superb breakfast. Fuel up, and you will keep riding all day.

Chessell Pottery Café – Chessell (West Wight)

Chessell Pottery is another interesting place to visit, and not just for the great food and drink. After sampling their beautiful range of homemade cakes, or one of their light lunches, you can explore the pottery shop and even watch the potters in action. The garden is a fantastic place to sit on a warm summer day, or resting inside next to the log burner is the perfect winter hide-out.

Grace's Bakery – Yarmouth (West Wight)

Not really a café (though there is a little seating inside), but just too good to miss… my favourite refuelling stop in Yarmouth is to get a freshly made pastry or doughnut from Grace's Bakery, and a takeaway Island Roasted Coffee; then sit on the harbour-side watching the boats milling in and out. It is a tasty and very reasonably priced stop in this pretty little coastal town.

Lady Scarlett's Tea Parlour – Ventnor (South Wight)

Lady Scarlett's Tea Parlour – Ventnor
Stopping in Ventnor is a mixed blessing — it is a beautiful seaside town, BUT you will have more than a hundred meters of elevation to climb to get back out. With that in mind, you will need some good fuel. Lady Scarlett's Tea Parlour is a quirky and fun recreation of a 1940s tea parlour, which serves up one of the best cream teas you will ever experience. The coffee and lunches are fantastic too — all enjoyed sat looking out over Ventnor Bay.

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