Old Bicycle Shop
This vibrant venue was once the site of a much-loved Cambridge institution, which traded for 173 years until its closure in 2013. Howes Cycles, which was believed to be the oldest bicycle shop in the country, was given a new lease of life and is now a favourite haunt for Cambridge locals and foodie visitors alike.
The Old Bicycle Shop’s interior celebrates the original shop with quirky nods to its former glory. Fixtures like table lamps and ornaments made from old bicycle parts afford the bar and restaurant a unique and characterful vibe, making it the perfect place to gather friends for a relaxed drink or a bite to eat.
Start the day right with brunch at the Old Bicycle Shop, where you’ll find treasures such as sweet potato pancakes with dried apricot, coconut yoghurt, oat crumble and banana powder. At lunchtime, you might try the posh kebab with Greek flatbread, house slaw, saffron aioli and pomegranate with your choice of fi lling. Visit for dinner and start with hot smoked salmon and horseradish rillettes, mini Yorkshire puddings and watercress salad, and follow with spiced duck breast, rye bread pain perdu, apple and raisin purée, heritage carrots and spiced jus. With plenty of meat, veggie and vegan options on offer, you’ll be spoilt for choice. Desserts are no less exciting – the spiced sticky toffee pudding presented with caramelised banana, hazelnut crumb and Frangelico ice cream comes highly recommended.