Seeing as the Tour De France is in full swing and cycling/coffee shop hybrids have boomed, I thought I’d drop in a little blog about one of Mr Tearooms favourites.
The Rapha shop and cafe in Manchester city centre can be found in St.Ann’s Alley just behind St.Ann’s church. The sleek Club Cafe is on the second floor amongst the brands premium products and is adorned with cycling imagery, history, jerseys and bikes. There are all important screenings of live races to, promoting an interest in watching as well as taking part in the sport.
The cafe honours the cyclists knowledge of coffee and serve the highest quality from one of my favourites, North Star Coffee Roasters. Keen not to alienate any non-coffee drinkers there are loose leaf artisan tea’s from The Tea Alchemist of Alderley Edge, Cheshire. They also serve beer of the Belgium variety and Italian wine to.
From the menu there are the usual breakfast offerings of granola, toast and preserves and smashed avocado (standard!). For a pre or post-ride lunch you can choose from a variety of locally sourced, freshly made sandwiches, nutritious salads and antipasti boards. If you have a sweet tooth there are cakes and pastries and DO NOT forget to have a waffle with your coffee.
This super-cool cafe and shop is quietly chilled and filled with two wheel enthusiasts but there’s also room for simply coffee drinkers like myself who like to perch by the window and watch the world go by.
In 2014, luxury British brand Rapha graced Manchester, the home of British cycling, with a top level performance, comfort and style that extends beyond their apparel. Aside from needing to take out a second mortgage to shop the clothing, this is still a great city centre caf’ that oozes confidence and charm. Worth a visit.