The Isis Cyclists Guide to Cafés and Tea Rooms

Tea and cake.jpgTearoom mapThis is a list of cafés, tea rooms, pubs serving mid-morning coffee and other refreshment stops that are frequented by Isis Cyclists on our rides. The list is organised into five areas, bounded by the Oxford ring road and four of the major roads radiating from it, as shown in the schematic map on the right.

The list has been compiled from suggestions made by our ride leaders, who in some cases have commented on venues that they particularly like. Bear in mind, however, that establishments come and go, as do their owners and managers. So, before you set off for a particular place, it’s advisable to look it up on the Web.

We will try to keep the list as current as possible, so please let us know via the Contacts page if any establishments have now closed, or new ones have opened that you think merit inclusion in the list.

Tumbling Bay cafe menuOxford City (inside, or on, the ring road)

  • The Vaults & Gardens, University Church.
  • University Museum.
  • Weston Library, Broad St.
  • The Handle Bar, by Bike Zone in St Michael’s St. ‘Only good for a small number of people as tables often taken up with laptop users, the best coffee in town (I think), lovely snacks and great cycling environment.’
  • Jacob’s Inn, Wolvercote (pub).
  • Jericho Café, Walton St.
  • Manos, Walton St. ‘Limited selection of Greek cakes, including orange and almond and baklava’
  • Victoria Arms. Marston (pub). ‘Cosy log fire on a winter morning.’
  • Bonjour, 136 London Road, Headington. ‘Great coffee! And the baclava is fabulous!’
  • Café Central, Brookes University: London Rd/Gypsy Lane, Headington. ‘Not the first place you would think of for a cycling group, but there is plenty of space, the environment is fantastic with cathedral-like ceiling and very good acoustics. The excellent coffee and cakes are very reasonably priced. Open every day, including weekends.’
  • Jacobs & Field, Headington.
  • Madeira Supermarket Café, Green Rd Roundabout, Headington.
  • Akiport Café, Abingdon Road. ‘This Portuguese cafe is fairly unprepossessing from the outside, but offers excellent, plentiful coffee and delicious little warm custard tarts.’
  • Sylvie’s, Iffley Road. ‘Great cakes and room for smaller groups’
  • Isis Farmhouse, Iffley Lock (pub): in winter, opens Friday to Sunday only.
  • The Fishes, North Hinksey (pub). ‘Free toast and marmalade in the mornings, plenty of space.’


  • Annie’s Tea Room, Thrupp. ‘Nice scones, very small inside seating area, lovely outdoor garden with picnic benches.’
  • Flight House café, Weston-on-the-Green. ‘The cafe is a good alternative when the Milk Shed is full. It’s about a mile further up the B430.’
  • Jane’s Enchanted Tea Garden (seasonal; bookings essential). ‘My favourite place since I discovered it years back during Bike Week. During the last few years has changed a lot but the quality of the food is still outstanding and the place itself is a must see; a little wonderland just outside Oxford.’
  • The Batch Café, Greenhill Farm, Bletchingdon.
  • Kizzie’s Bistro, Lower Heyford. ‘Really good home-cooked food, and a great place to sit and read the newspaper.’
  • Milk Shed, Weston-on-the-Green. ‘Excellent food and a great place to aim for on a medium ride out of Oxford. Can get busy at lunch times.’ ‘Wholesome and tasty food but expensive.’
  • St Mary’s Church, Kidlington (seasonal). ‘Opens mid May, on Sunday afternoons, 3.00 – 5.00 pm. Offers plenty of space, tea and home-made cakes.’
  • Panshill Wood Fishery, Otmoor.
  • Rectory Farm PYO, Stanton St John (seasonal).
  • Talk House, Stanton St John (pub). ‘Expensive coffee, but the only venue in the area open for morning coffee.’
  • Waterperry Gardens café. ‘Absolutely delicious cheese scones (ask for them to be warmed!).’


  • Kings’ Arms, Sandford-on-Thames (pub).
  • Mill View Garden Centre, Wheatley. ‘Reward yourself after puffing up Ladder Hill!’
  • Little Milton Village Shop.
  • Sandford Talking Shop, Sandford-on-Thames Village Hall. ‘Very accommodating, large indoor space.’
  • Bat & Ball, Cuddesdon (pub).
  • R&R, Marketplace Abingdon. ‘More spacious than Throwing Buns if you have a group of five or more.’
  • Throwing Buns, Marketplace, Abingdon. ‘Small, cosy and intimate, with a large selection of really good cakes.’
  • Dorchester Abbey tea room (seasonal). ‘Very good selection of delicious home-made cakes and a lovely little garden to sit in.  I usually have two cakes, they’re so good!’
  • Waterside, Benson.
  • The Barn, Turville Heath. ‘The no-car café in the heart of the Chilterns.’ Open Saturdays, Sundays and bank holidays.
  • Treacles, High St, Thame.
  • Bean and Brew, St Mary’s St, Wallingford.


  • The Flowing Well, Sunningwell (pub). ‘Lovely on a warm day or evening to sit outside, no roads in sight, good views, and a nice medium cycle ride from Oxford to get there. Also lovely to sit by the fire inside when cold. Plenty of space for medium sized groups.’
  • Wytham Post Office tea garden (seasonal).
  • Millets Farm café.
  • The Dog House Hotel, Faringdon Road, Frilford; next to the Bothy Vineyard. ‘A very useful stop for a long ride: good outdoor and indoor space for groups, helpful manager who will make sure there are enough pastries and cakes on hand if warned in advance.’
  • Huddle Stanford Café, Stanford in the Vale. ‘A friendly community cafe offering light lunches and snacks. A good place to aim for when planning an extra long ride.’
  • Aston Pottery café. ‘Great food and large outdoor garden with picnic benches.’ The café now asks groups to give advance notification of their visit: 01993 852896


  • IMG_2625Worton Organic Café.
  • Church Green Café, Witney.
  • Cogges Farm café, Witney.
    Combe Reading Room (seasonal: August Sundays only). ‘The village ladies work together to produce a fantastic selection of cakes and the garden is lovely.’
  • Blenheim Buttery, Park St, Woodstock.
  • Oxfordshire Museum café, Park St, Woodstock.
  • Woodstock Coffee Shop, Oxford Rd, Woodstock.