The bike cafe right next to the historical park with mouth-watering cakes and pizzas

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A husband and wife team with a shared passion for cycling decided to launch their own cycling cafe during lockdown – and are now reaping the rewards of their prime location near a 1,000-acre park where young and old can do cycling at leisure. Kay and Craig Tierney opened their Apus Peak cycling cafe last year, converting an empty retail unit just off the entrance to Tatton Park in Knutsford.

The independent business is driven by the Tierneys’ passion for cycling and offers bike service and repairs as well as exercise classes next to the main cafe where there is a cupboard full of homemade cakes and brownies. They have also installed a wood burning oven so they can make freshly made pizzas and are fully licensed to serve beers and wines as well as soft drinks and a range of hot drinks.

Based on Tatton Street, the couple have taken advantage of the large number of people going out for their daily exercise in the town and in the park, as well as visitors traveling to the area. Tatton Park is a National Trust estate, but people walking or cycling are free to roam the 1,000-acre park, with fees only applying if driving and using the car park or visiting the mansion or attractions.

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Husband and wife team Kay and Craig both worked in completely different careers before COVID-19 hit, but still had a huge passion for staying active. As the 2020 lockdowns began and with four children of their own, the couple began considering a career change and the vision for Apus Peak began to take shape.



Craig and Kay Tierney in front of their Apus Peak café bike in Knutsford

Like many others, they were spending even more time outdoors and decided that their love of physical activity and its tremendous health benefits was where they wanted to focus their energies. Their aim was to make Apus Peak open to everyone – covering all abilities from experienced cyclists to those looking to get on their bike for the first time and through all aspects of cycling culture.

The venue is designed to be a community space to help everyone get active as well as a great new space to meet, shop, eat and hang out. It has a full bike service shop and bike shop, including the ‘Guru Bike Experience’ – the world’s most advanced fit system for cyclists. This also includes a wide range of cycling accessories and clothing.

It quickly became known as a cycling stop and now runs community cycles every weekend – ranging from 60 mile rides in the Peak District for those with more experience, as well as 20 mile rides around all the Cheshire country roads.

Kay, 37, says: “It was an idea that had been in my head for a very long time but it was the confinement that gave me the impetus. It was an absolutely fantastic trip.



Apus Peak Coffee Cakes

“From the moment we opened the doors in August last year the weather was great and we have big windows open and with the location there are so many pedestrians with cyclists and families coming in and come out of Tatton Park. We’ve had amazing feedback, and it’s been really busy from the start, we’re delighted.

“We had looked for a lot of places but we think we have found the perfect place here.”



Kay and Craig inside the bike center

Craig had previously worked in the real estate world, while Kay had a hotel and hospitality background – so knew exactly what she wanted from the cafe side of the business. Both having a common passion for fitness, they also wanted to make the space comfortable for everyone.



The cafe has the vast grounds of Tatton Park on its doorstep, which is popular with walkers and cyclists

Kay said: “I wanted people to feel comfortable not only in the environment, but comfortable around the sport. We wanted to create a place where people felt relaxed but where the coffee and the service were perfect, but where they are encouraged to try to encourage people even after confinement to continue exercising.

“The cafe is a lovely space to sit but we also specialize in bike maintenance and fitting, we deal with some unusual bike sales, a brand called Vielo, all bikes are made in Newcastle -upon-Tyne.”

The cafe’s dining concept is casual and locally sourced – with cakes from home bakers in Knutsford starting at £3.10 for pancakes and banana bread up to £4.95 for large slices of cake. Coffees are brewed by baristas using freshly ground beans from Pott Shrigley’s Kickback Coffee, and pizzas are all made on site, ranging from £7-£10.

The cafe is open seven days a week, from breakfast to early evening – and the venue can also be booked for private rental events. Kay adds: “All the team members here are cyclists and have their own stories and reasons for being part of the company – everyone at Apus Peak is passionate about cycling and staying active and they are all very happy to chat with customers and provide advice and inspiration.”



Inside Apus Peak Cafe

“day jobs” to launch the cafe. They have taken over the former Laura Ashley building on Tatton Street to become Apus Peak, as part of Bruntwood Works’ vision to support new and emerging businesses in this part of town.

Kay said: “We both have a huge passion for being active, especially with our kids, and after months of spending so much more time riding our bikes and hanging out in the fresh air together, it doesn’t bother us. didn’t seem right to go back to the industries we were in. We put all our passion and love into it, and so far it’s been absolutely brilliant.



Apus Peak offers outdoor seating – the entrance to Tatton Park is just along the street

Charlotte Wild, Head of Retail and Leisure, Bruntwood Works, said: “Wellbeing and sustainability are both at the heart of Bruntwood Works and so we are delighted to have been able to support this brilliant new business and help it get off the ground and bring so much to the town. something unique and innovative on the main street, it’s wonderful that Kay and Craig’s vision also helps the community stay active and support everyone’s health and well-being.

“They’ve created a real destination and we’re excited to see what they do next!”

Apus Peak, Tatton Street, Knutsford, WA16 6AF, is open Sunday, Monday, Tuesday and Friday 10am-4pm, Wednesday 10am-7pm, Thursday 10am-8pm and Saturday 9am-5pm.

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