By Andy Tyler
If you didn't already know, cafes and cake shops play an important part in cycling culture. When we go out training, you don't honestly think we spend four hours on the bike, do you?
Most rides encompass at least one cafe stop; after all, it's important to replace all those calories, er, sort of. The following is a list of tea stops I've tried (and managed to find!), although there are dozens more scattered around and it's just a matter of finding them. If you come across any good ones, let us know and we can update the guide.
Unless stated otherwise, all are open seven days a week. Figures in brackets indicate approximate distance (miles) from Norwich.
Attleborough (12) - Norfolk Kitchen. Mon - Sat
Aylsham (11) - Rolling Pin.
* Banham (15) -
* Bawdeswell (12) - Garden Centre Cafe.
Blicking (14) - Blicking Hall.
Bungay (15) - Buttercross Tea Rooms.
Buxton (10) - Buxton Mill.
Cringleford (3) - Little Chef.
* Dereham (13) - Florin Diner.
Dilham (13) - Cross Keys pub.
Framingham (7) - The Wheelwrights.
* Great Witchingham (10) - Maxims.
Gressenhall (15) - Rural Life Museum.
Hingham (12) - Lincoln's.
* Reepham (12) - Old Station.
Wroxham (7) - Wroxham barns.
Badwell Ash (30) - White Horse pub.
Beccles (17) - Town Gate Cafe. Mon - Sat only.
Bexwell (30) - AJ's.
Brandon (29) - Brandon Tea Rooms.
Castle Acre (22) - Willow Tea Rooms.
Cley Next Sea (23) - Whale Bone Cafe.
* Cranwich (25) - Woodside Cafe.
Diss (17) - Norfolk Tea Rooms.
East Harling (17) - The Waterlilly.
Eye (20) - Beard's Tea Shop.
Felbrigg (19) - Felbrigg Hall Tea Rooms.
Fresingfield (20) - The Swan pub.
Gorleston (20) - Seafront Cafe.
Great Bircham (30) - Cafe at The Windmill.
Great Yarmouth (20) - Norfolk Tea Rooms.
Halesworth (22) - Bridge Cafe.
* Holt (19) - The Owl Tea Room. Mon - Sat.
Kessingland (25) - Ashley Nurseries Tea Shop.
North Creake (30) - Forge Tea Room.
* Overstrand (22) - Cliff Cafe.
Quidenham (17) - Quidenham Tea Gardens. Shop hours.
Watton (18) - Cafe in High St. Mon - Sat.
Winterton on Sea (20) - Beach Cafe.
Rip-off, so stick to just a cup of tea or a lolly.
Wiveton (25) - Country pub.
Try the pancakes and maple syrup. Yummy. Plenty of
chip shops around too. If you want to see some
spectacular punch-ups, stand in the Ark Royal pub on
any bank holiday weekend. Keep your helmet on!
Dunwich (33) - Beach Tea Rooms.
Heacham (50) - Norfolk Lavender Tea Rooms.
Hunstanton (52) - Julie's Pantry.
* Wells-next-the-sea (34) - Sloppy Joes Diner.
Try the pancakes and maple syrup. Yummy. Plenty of chip shops around too. If you want to see some spectacular punch-ups, stand in the Ark Royal pub on any bank holiday weekend. Keep your helmet on!