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Bike Beans Cafe in Ashtead

Posted by DaveC | October 2, 2012 | 7 comments so far

Bike Beans Cafe in Ashtead

I’d sort of heard of this from several people but disregarded it as it’s a bit off our normal “manor”. I’ve also driven through Ashtead High Street a few times and seen the funny little trike the advertises the cafe but you can’t actually see it unless you turn off up Rectory Lane.

Anyway, I keep running into Mel around the Surrey Hills and Leatherhead and it transpired that she is working with Jamie (who owns the Cafe) as a bike instructor, ride leader and nutritionist. This motivated me to find out more so I dropped my baggies and went commando (well… for a MTBer… normal MAMIL attire for the road) and headed over last Thursday to find out what it was all about.

Menu of services at Bike Beans Cafe in Ashtead

On arrival at Bike Beans Cafe I noted that there were a few bikes parked outside (rack and locks provided) but also several non cycling couples were using the cafe. This seemed like a good advert to me. As you can see fro the photo above the cafe itself is only part of what is on offer. There is a small range of accessories and spares (THE bike shop of my youth, Ken Hewlitts of Ashtead, now long since demised) as well as the facilities for getting a bike service carried out.

Various rides are on offer including a Ride’n’paste evening as well as the Porridge’n’ride we ran into on Sunday. This includes tarmac beaters as well as us bridleway beaters. Best to check out the website for full details. Mel has also teamed up to provide some training rides as well as some nutritional courses. Hopefully Mel with chip in with some infor in another article.

Hot chocloate and flapjack at Bike Beans Cafe in Ashtead

Anyway, enough of the talk, how was the cake?

So, I ordered hot chocolate with some flap jack to get an idea of how things compared as that it pretty much my staple ride fare. The Hot chocolate (large) came in a large mug and seemed better than many I have had. It’s also apparent from the machinery behind the counter that the coffee is a very serious affair. Not being a coffee drinker myself it’s all beyond me but some of the Moles sampled the coffee when we revisited the Cafe on the Sunday ride so I’m sure there will be some comments. The flap jack was also good but I am dropping half a mark as it seemed a little sugary to me compared to Box Hill flap jack which I still consider the bench mark. No great problem there though.

As we are on the subject of cakes I’ll mention the Orea Brownie which Mel told me to order next time I was there and hence I did on the Sunday. This was a very nice brownie with what seemed like a whole Oreo cookie stuck in it. Just what I needed on a ride.

Incidentally, I found the staff very friendly on my Thursday trip. I got talking to Ben who had only been there for a few weeks and admitted he wasn’t much of a biker. No problem though as he was a runner and hence we talked about that instead. Not that I’m much of a runner but it’s good to hear from someone who has a real passion for their sport.

So, all in all I’d like to suggest you pop along and spend some money in the Bike Beans Cafe.

Also see our ride report when we popped in for a coffee.

DaveC

About the author

Dave's been riding seriously since about 1997 and is one of the founding Molefathers — along with Matt and Mark — that came up with the idea of a MTB website for Mole Valley riders.

He's had several different bikes but it's now mainly 29ers in Dave's stable, apart from an Orange 5.

Current Bikes: Orange 5, Salsa Spearfish and Kona Big Unit

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  1. LordOnOne says:

    It’s a nice option for a refreshments stop and there‘s a pleasant feel to the place. I definitely agree that the hot chocolate is above average. As for the carrot cake…to put the icing on the cake of this experience, they need to put more icing on the cake!

  2. Dandy says:

    +1 for the Oreo Brownie. A few weeks ago, as part of my research of local cake stops/shops, I was immediately drawn to this and can confirm Dave’s assessment 🙂

  3. carlton says:

    Try the soup which was excellent when I went. Pea and mint. Nice.

  4. KevS says:

    Cake grading comment … I had an Oreo Brownie on Sunday when we dropped in on our Moles ride.
    Was about to buy another one when you decided it was time to mount up and roll out, Nuff said!

  5. PaulM says:

    Yep, carrot cake went down easy too. So easy I almost didn’t get a chance to taste it!
    Perhaps I just needed a bigger slice 🙂

  6. Matt says:

    I went for the Lemon Drizzle Cake which proved to me moist and light. Definitely enjoyed the novelty of visiting a bike friendly cafe, and was amused by a little old lady walking past shrugging and saying ‘a least it’s busy!’. There seems to be plenty of goodwill toward the venture as well, checking out FB and Twitter.

    It’s all very well branded so I just hope they can build on the idea. Being closely associated with biking only means it might put off walkers and casual visitors which would be a shame, especially if in time they can expand to other locations.

  7. Angie says:

    You must try the porridge! Made to perfection with a sliced banana on top. Yum yum

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