Cardiff based family friendly café, Pedal Power, is Wales’ top cycling café according to Cycling UK’s annual Cyclist Café of the Year awards.
Based just off the Taff Trail close to Dogo Street, the café stood out among its competition not just for its healthy, home-cooked food and relaxed atmosphere, but also for the valuable role it plays in making cycling as inclusive as possible.
While offering a range of conventional two wheeled bicycles, Pedal Power also makes available a range of specially adapted bikes, trikes and tandems suitable for riders of all ages and abilities.
Out of the many favourite refreshment stops chosen by Wales’ cyclists, Pedal Power, stood out as the clear winner for Cycling UK’s judges, which included Celebrity Masterchef winner, Angellica Bell.
Angellica Bell said:
“Pedal Power is more than just a café, it’s linked to a charity which enables people of all ages and abilities to experience the benefits of cycling. By visiting you’re supporting the fantastic work they do.”
Pedal Power Director Sian Donovan was over the moon at news of the award:
“We are absolutely thrilled with this as we do work very hard at being as welcoming and inclusive as we can be. We’d like to be considered almost as a home from home and definitely as part of the Pedal Power cycling experience, although everyone is most welcome, walkers, passers by and dogs!
“We believe we serve the best coffee in Cardiff plus delicious cake, soup or a sandwich – all to need to re-fuel after a great cycle ride! Everyone tells us they love the relaxed, laidback atmosphere, there’s easy access to the Taff Trail and you are surrounded by bikes and trikes of all shapes and sizes, all available for hire.
Pedal Power’s on-site workshop means there’s always a pump or an inner tube to hand in case your bike needs a bit of TLC and, all profits go towards supporting the award-winning cycling charity which empowers those least likely to cycle to get on a bike.
The café is wheelchair friendly and encourages customers and carers to use the space as a meeting place which has led to the café also winning the Silver Carer Friendly Award from the Carers’ Trust. Singalongs, exhibitions of local artists and a peaceful setting in the park all add to the café’s charms beyond their excellent coffee and cake.