The Cape Cafe & Restaurant, Beaconsfield

, May 27, 2015

Located just 22 minutes by train from London, South African-themed cafe The Cape serves as a perfect spot to launch a bike ride into the Chiltern Hills. The Cape has been at the same spot for over 15 years, a restaurant consistency that is virtually unheard of in a village once known more for its model village than the mightily expensive real estate on Burkes Road.

You’ll find The Cape 200 metres from Beaconsfield train station, posing as an airy cafe laden with snacks and simple meals to place at the beginning or end of a ride. Sweet treats neighbour a small selection of South African goods  – baked goods ranging from Lemon Polenta cake to flapjacks, chocolate brownies and cupcakes. Beyond these, more substantial takeaway items include tortilla wraps and sandwiches, ideal to stuff into your jersey pocket for some real food on the road.

If you’re staying put, the Cape Malay chicken sandwich is a good choice, wedged between two thick slices of fresh brown bread. The Cape also deviate from their restaurant category by serving up their own brand of sliced biltong. Biltong bags come into two vacuum wrapped sizes, once costing £5 and the other priced at £10.

Cycling from The Cape

If you’re in search of a good cycle route from Beaconsfield, head onto the A40, over the M40 and down into Bourne End. From Bourne End, direct your ride towards Marlow, taking a right on Frieth Road immediately after the roundabout that heads up the high street. This road takes you up into the Chilterns and enough terrain to work off or earn refreshments consumed at The Cape. See this route map for a good spread of climbing along the Chiltern’s stepped hills.

Find The Cape at 6 Burkes Parade, and their full menu at