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 sectors, bounded by the Oxford ring road and four of the major roads radiating from it, as shown in the schematic map on the right. If your route takes you close to one of the bounding roads, check the list for the neighbouring sector too.

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.

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Tumbling Bay cafe menuOxford City

Central

  • The Vaults & Gardens, University Church. ‘Now has outdoor facilities.’
  • University Museum.
  • Weston Library, Broad St.
  • The Handle Bar Café and Kitchen, St Michael’s St.

Jericho and North Oxford

  • Jacob’s Inn, Wolvercote (pub). ‘Doesn’t do cakes.’
  • Jericho Café, Walton St.
  • Branca Deli, Walton St.
  • Manos, Walton St. ‘Limited selection of Greek cakes, including orange and almond and baklava.’ ‘Nice outdoor seating under a vine.’
  • Barefoot Café, Walton St. ‘Limited seating.’
  • Victoria Arms. Marston (pub). ‘Cosy log fire on a winter morning.’

Headington

  • Bonjour, 136 London Road, Headington. ‘Great coffee! And the baclava is fabulous!’
  • Café Central, Brookes University: London Rd/Gipsy 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. ‘Small area.’
  • Madeira Supermarket Café, Green Rd Roundabout, Headington.

South Oxford

  • Akiport Café, Abingdon Road. ‘This Portuguese cafe is fairly unprepossessing from the outside, but offers excellent, plentiful coffee and delicious little warm custard tarts.’
  • Hogacre Common café, Grandpont (seasonal: Sundays only June-September).
  • South Hinksey Garden Centre: ‘Coffee and cake have improved.’

East Oxford incl. Wood Farm and Iffley

  • Flo Café, Florence Park
  • Barracks Lane Community Garden
  • Franca’s café, Wood Farm
  • Bannister’s, Iffley Road.
  • Sylvie’s, Iffley Road. ‘Great cakes and room for smaller groups’
  • Isis Farmhouse, Iffley Lock (pub). Check website for opening hours and meals served.

West Oxford

  • The Fishes, North Hinksey (pub).
  • Tap Social, Botley.
  • West Oxford Community Centre café, Botley Road. ‘Indoor and outdoor seating. Home-made cakes and good coffee.’
  • Medley Manor Farm: summer only, Saturdays and Sundays 9-6
  • The Perch, Binsey (pub).

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  • 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, Kirtlington (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.’ Reservations essential.
  • The Café, Greenhill Farm, Bletchingdon (on campsite).
  • 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.’
  • Christmas Barn, Stratton Audley (open all year, despite its name!)
  • 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.’
  • 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.’ ‘Very slow service.’
  • Waterperry Gardens café. ‘Absolutely delicious cheese scones (ask for them to be warmed!).’
  • Treacles, High St, Thame.

bicycle-cappuccinoSouth-east

  • Sunnyhill Vineyard, Cuddesdon Road, Horspath. Saturdays and Sundays, 10-5.
  • Mill View Garden Centre, Wheatley. ‘Reward yourself after puffing up Ladder Hill!’
  • The Sun, Wheatley (booking advised).
  • 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.’ ‘Very popular with parents.’
  • Throwing Buns, Marketplace, Abingdon. ‘Small, cosy and intimate, with a large selection of really good cakes.’
  • Annie’s at the Boatyard, Abingdon Bridge (offshoot of Annie’s at Thrupp)
  • 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 Cart Shed, Preston Crowmarsh.
  • Bean and Brew, St Mary’s St, Wallingford.
  • Ewelme village shop: ‘Nice but small. They sell spare inner tubes!’
  • The Barn, Turville Heath. ‘The no-car café in the heart of the Chilterns.’ Open Saturdays, Sundays and bank holidays.’

South-west

  • 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.’
  • Farmhouse Bakery and Café, Steventon.
  • Wytham Post Office tea garden (seasonal). ‘Instant coffee; cakes not home-made.’
  • White Hart community pub, Wolvercote (not to be confused with the White Hart at Wytham nearby).
  • Millets Farm café.
  • Appleton community shop.
  • 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.’
  • Horse & Jockey, Stanford in the Vale (pub).
  • Stanford Community 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.’
  • The Grocer Chef, Ardington. ‘Nice and friendly, with a fair amount of seating, including some outside, and the food is good.’
  • Childrey Stores. ‘Serves coffee and light lunches. Not cheap, small number of tables, but good.
  • 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

North-west

  • IMG_2625Worton Organic Café.
  • Huffkins’ 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.
  • The Old Shed Café, Banbury Hill Farm campsite, Charlbury.
  • Charlbury Deli and Café, Market St., Charlbury. ‘Relaxed and friendly atmosphere, good light lunches at reasonable prices.’

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