Cafes South of Preston

We’ve listed a number of the cafes our members visit on club runs and when out cycling on their own. This section features the cycling friendly cafes we visit that are situated to the south of our Sunday club ride start point, at Preston College.  If you have any more up to date information, have a suggestion for a cafe that we’ve missed, or if you’re a cafe owner who has a cafe you’d like us to include, please get in touch with us through the Contact Us page.

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Switchback Cafe & Bar, Churchtown

New cyling cafe, 'Switchback' cafe bar, situated on the former site of Cafe Moo Moo. The place has been completely re-designed in the style of an Alpine lodge, themed in the same colours used by the cycling World Championships.

Switchback is the brainchild of Southport cyclist Dave Sims.

Dave won a Your Heroes award last year after raising more than £10,000 for Help the Heroes charity by completing the Tour de France route on a Raleigh Chopper cycle.

Address: 129 Cambridge Rd, Southport

Find it here


The Grainge Garden Center, Halsall

Located in The Grainge Garden Centre, Milano Coffee Shop is a favorite spot to enjoy coffee, espresso drinks, tea and other beverages aswell as an array of fresh bakery. Choose from fresh sandwiches, paninis, baked potatoes and salads aswell as a choice from their daily specials. Eat in the shop and relax or if it's a brighter day sit on the terrace, come to Milano and enjoy great food, great service and of course great coffee. Milano also offers free complimentary newspapers. Full breakfast menu now being served including the legendary "Don Milano". Situated in the farmers moss between Southport and Ormskirk it's a great place for a cycle stop.

Opening hours:
mon - sat: 09-00 - 16-00
sun: 10-00 - 16-00
Closed Christmas day, boxing day, new years day

Grainge Garden Centre
New Cut Lane

Tel: 01704 562 002
Web: Grainge coffee shop

Vaughns Country Cafe

(and information centre)

Vaughns Country Cafe (and information centre)

Vaughns Country Cafe stands on the site of the former Hollinshead Mill, which was demolished by Liverpool corporation in 1903/04. The mill pond is still at the side of the building and is clearly visible. The visitor centre opened in October 1996 with the cafe opening on Boxing Day 2003. The cafe hosts a unique bird watching facility through one way glass and regular visitors include greater spotted woodpeckers, nuthatches chaffinches and many more.

Location: Tockholes

Telephone: 01254 708568


Roddlesworth Information Centre
Tockholes Road


Th’owd Boatman’s Cabin

Fettlers Wharf Marina

Th’owd Boatman’s Cabin Coffee Shop - Fettlers Wharf Marina

Situated in the grounds of the Marina, Th’owd Boatman’s Cabin Coffee Shop is our own, family run, coffee shop providing traditional food, home made cakes and pastries, delicious ice cream from Bonds of Elswick and excellent coffee. Fettlers Wharf sits quietly along the Rufford Branch of the Leeds Liverpool Canal, which gives perfect access to the Canal System.

Location: Rufford

Telephone: 01704 822 888


Fettlers Wharf Marina,
20 Station Road,
L40 1TB


Rivington Village Green Tea Room

Rivington Village Green Tea Room

Rivington Village Green Tea Room welcomes the public between the hours of 10 am and 4 pm Monday to Saturday, and 9.30 am to 4.30 pm on Sundays. Situated behind the Unitarian Chapel in the Old School Room of Rivington village, the tea room is a traditional relaxing environment where you can enjoy a tea or coffee along with a spot of lunch at reasonable prices.

Location: Rivington

Telephone: 07783 509163


Sheep House Lane