Derwen College’s Walled Garden Café is welcoming customers arriving by pedal power during national Bike Week and offering them a free energy bar.

For Bike Week, from 30th May to 5th June, the College is urging bikes, trikes and tandems to stop off for a well-earned break. All customers arriving by pedal power will receive a free energy bar to fuel up for their journey home. Cyclists can also enjoy a break in the walled garden and peruse the new Garden Café menu which offers breakfasts, sandwiches, salads, jacket potatoes, hand-made cake and much more. For young bikers, the café features an enclosed play area and lunchbox options for hungry little riders.

Derwen College was nominated as Café of the Year 2020 by Cycling UK, and was proud to be nominated by cyclists from Shropshire and surrounding counties.

The café proudly displays its Cyclist Café of the Year nominee sticker and is proud to be a regular stop off for many cyclists.

In a letter to Derwen College, Cycling UK Director of Influence and Engagement Matt Mallinder explained the importance of the award.

He said: “The awards were established to encourage cyclists from around the UK to recognise the many cafes offering not only the best welcome to riders but outstanding coffee and cake.”

“During what was a tough year for the hospitality industry, the public submitted more than 2,000 nominations, a record number, and with the finalists decided by our expert panel, everyone was a winner in our eyes.”

Commercial manager Pete Evans said: “We are lucky to have many cyclists passing by from Shropshire and Wales, and are honoured that they recognise us as one of the Cyclist Cafés of the Year.

“We are proud to welcome all cyclists and to reward them for their efforts with an energy bar during Bike Week.”

The college, which provides work experience opportunities and independent living skills to young people with learning difficulties and disabilities, has commercial areas which are open to the public. As well as the delightful Walled Garden Café, the college site also features a new ‘Vintage Advantage’ charity shop and a well-stocked Garden Centre and Gift Shop, along with free parking and a friendly welcome.

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Pictured: Wrexham Paramedics John Jones and Ian Laing enjoyed a 40-mile cycle ride on their day off, stopping off en-route at Derwen College’s Walled Garden Cafe in Gobowen.