A café in Mickle Trafford is the choice for cyclists.
For the past three years the Chester and North Wales branch of the CTC (the National Cycling Charity) has run a competition to choose their local café of the year and based on votes the Meadow Lea Farm Coffee Shop on Station Lane has come out tops.
President of the Chester and North Wales CTC Mike Cross presented the award to proprietor Barbara Williams in the presence of other CTC members and the cafe staff.
Mike said: “Meadow Lea Farm Coffee Shop is located just after the end of the Chester Millennium Greenway in Mickle Trafford and since it opened it has proved very popular with cyclists and walkers.
“We really appreciate the warm welcome cyclists receive and the excellent quality of food and drink available.”
Barbara and her husband Bill moved to Meadow Lea Farm in 2010, and were aware of the number of cyclists and walkers passing the farm on their way to or from the Chester Millennium Greenway, soon after the Mickle Trafford extension had been opened.
Barbara said: “I had originally thought of opening a farm shop but when I realised how popular the Greenway had become with cyclists and walkers I decided it would be better to provide a warm and welcome cafe for them. So I persuaded Bill that we should create a purpose-built facility, which he was keen to complete himself, so the café did not open until August 2012.
“I run the café with my daughter Amy and we really appreciate the recognition associated with the CTC award. We would like to thank all the local cyclists from the CTC and the Chester Cycling Campaign alongside local walking groups for the support they have given us since we opened.”
Once achieving this accolade, a café is then ‘ruled out’ of the award scheme for five years.