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Mon - Sun: 8:30 - 30 mins before dusk
Takeaways only towards end of day
We look forward to welcoming you to The Handlebar Cafe. The cafe is proving enormously popular, so please be prepared to wait for coffees or hot food at busy times. Please also pay be card / contactless or exact money where ever possible. (It is not easy to have lots of loose change on site.)
Come and enjoy an amazing array of gorgeous cakes, teacakes, healthy snacks; as well as locally sourced sausage rolls, pies and pastries plus vegetarian and vegan options, all topped off with our triple certified coffee, tea or cold drinks. We also stock Jude's Ice cream and much more! We offer healthy breakfasts of porridge, yoghurts with granolas, along with our very popular bacon rolls. All served until 11am
The Bike Booth
Still under development, The Bike Booth will offer road side cycle repairs as well as doggy treats and goodies. Staffed on Fridays & Saturdays offering puncture repairs and quick tune up or brake repairs. No booking in, just turn up and enjoy a coffee while you wait.
The Handlebar Cafe exists to help everyone connect with each other and the beautiful environment. Please leave the car at home and walk or cycle.
Please note, there is no customer WIFI in the cafe.
The Handlebar Cafe is situated on Garnier Road. There is a very small, popular car park, but we advise our customers who must drive to park in St Catherine's Park & Ride (near J10 M3). Park as far to the left, and follow the short foot/cycle path through to Garnier Road.
After so much hard work and incredible support from local companies we have completed the Handlebar Cafe and we're open for business. Almost 6 years ago young people had a brainchild to create a cycle cafe and it's now real. We are delighted to welcome you to this amazing new building and what will surely become a fantastic new social hub for Winchester.
In the beginning...
The idea for the Handlebar Cafe came from a group of local teenagers involved in a project called SPUD Youth. These young people, interested in architecture and place-making, developed designs for a new cycle cafe for Winchester, partly inspired by the creation of a new cycle route through Winchester, crossing the magnificent Hockley Viaduct. After almost 4 years of research, model-making, planning meetings, presentations and consultation, they have now secured planning permission for the cafe. Bringing this idea to reality is a fantastic demonstration of the enthusiasm and commitment of the young people to see this project through.
Our September Launch Party...
At 2:30 on Sunday afternoon we had an amazing day celebrating the grand opening of The Handlebar Cafe. Hundreds of people joined us for this special event as well as many of our valued sponsors and supporters and some special guests.
Links below will take you to current 'press-packs' and photographs. Should you require additional information, a quote or interview, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
PRESS RELEASE - Launch Event Sept 2019
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The Progress On Site...
Bespoke Modular Developments (BMD) have started building the superstructure in their factory in Otterbourne. When completed the structures will be delivered in 5 parts by lorry to the site and then craned into position. A final fit-out, cladding and shutters will then all be undertaken on the site. Having construction taking place both on and off-site really helps to reduce the build time, but it also adds a level of complexity to ensure that everything comes together correctly.
Right: the workshop unit under constriction at BMD's factory.
Meanwhile, progress is being made on site by St. Catherine's Hill. BlueFish construction are responsible for the groundwork. Safety fencing and tree protection is up on site and the main foundations have been dug and filled with concrete. The setting out of all the drainage and installation of the Klargester system to manage the waste-water has been completed. The superstructure is now being assembled on site.
Left: Sebbie McDonald-Maskell is one of the original students who developed the cafe project. Sebbie is now studying architecture at Kingston University.
Picture by Aluminium Fish
21st Feb was the official ground-breaking event and we were fortunate to have the Mayor of Winchester, Cllr Frank Pearson pay us a visit and to have some of our sponsors attend for this event. Cllr Pearson has been a big supporter throughout the project and has attended many of the young peoples workshops that were held at ArchitecturePLB.
Right: The Mayor of Winchester breaking ground and surrounded by partners and sponsors.
Picture by Aluminium Fish
Below are some shots of the superstructure being craned into position and assembled on site. This is a very exciting time and the project is now taking shape and transforming from its concept design into a real structure at this beautiful location.
Remember to watch this space and follow Handlebar Cafe on social media as more frequent updates will be published as we come closer to the completion of this exciting project!
Bespoke Biking operate the Handlebar Café as a cycle-friendly, socially-sourced café. Open 7 days per week. The cafe will offer facilities to cyclists as well as walkers.
Bespoke Biking's mission is to encourage everyone to get out and about having fun on their bikes.
As a social enterprise staff, volunteers and customers have long been dreaming of having a place for all things cycling. Bike maintenance, routes, training, a place to pick up accessories, have a great coffee and meet with friends.
The cafe is now a unique destination offering:
awesome cake, coffee and snacks (from locally sourced produce)
a free pump to keep up tyre pressures
water bowls for dogs
a range of events and activities
cycle accessories and spares
and a friendly on-hand bike mechanic
For all enquiries about the cafe and Bespoke Biking please contact email@example.com
What is SPUD Youth? SPUD Youth is run by local charity SPUD. It provides unique opportunities for young people aged 11 - 21 to work on live architecture and design projects. SPUD Youth has involved dozens of teenagers over 5 years, across Hampshire in its award-winning programmes. Many of the young participants have gone on to follow degrees in Architecture. SPUD Youth is an amazingly valuable opportunity for young people to develop skills, confidence and a sense of citizenship that will stay with them for life.