It was the morning after the night before and we were desperate for fresh air and a good, strong coffee after dinner, drinks and a sleepover at a friend’s house.
We found both at The Bicycle Den by the Rochdale Canal in Hebden Bridge. The characterful cafe and adjoining electric bike showroom sit on the towpath just behind the Co-op store.
There’s coffee, tea, cakes, “healthy bacon butts”, wraps, salads, soups, platters et al so, as it’s never too early for carrot cake, that’s what I had for breakfast – and I highly recommend it.
You can sit outside watching ducks, dog walkers and canal boats or inside, where you’ll find comfy, retro easy chairs, a fab bicycle themed interior and gifts for sale.
One of the best bits was a trip to the loo. Yes, really! It’s next door in Hebble End Works, which is home to studios and stores belonging to local artists , makers and purveyors of vintage treasures. The loo is twinned with toilets in Bangladesh and the Democratic Republic of Congo, which have been paid for by voluntary donations from Bicycle Den customers and others who have “spent a penny”.
The organisers now are saving up to build a latrine in another third world country and if you fancy copying this fantastic idea, you can find details at www.toilettwinning.org, which aims to flush away poverty, one toilet at a time.