The Old Bicycle Shop
January 20th French Cuisine with Wine Pairing
In 2013, a much-loved Cambridge institution closed its doors after 173 years’ trading. Howes Cycles claimed to be the oldest bicycle shop in the country and rumour has it that Charles Darwin, famed for his ‘Theory of Evolution’, bought a bike from this shop in the 1800s. Fast forward a century or two and you’ll now find this quaint old building has a new lease of life – as a bar and restaurant, with a quirky interior designed to celebrate the heritage of the original shop. Saddles and handlebars have been cleverly designed as wall art and everywhere you look, bicycle parts have been fashioned into ornaments or table lamps.
We are luckily enough to have the exclusive use of their private dining room, located on the first floor, for our January event where we will have 4 courses of French food, paired with wines from one of France’s largest wine producing areas, Languedoc-Roussillon! Languedoc is a historical coastal region in southern France, extending from Provence to the Pyrenees Mountains and the border with Spain and not being one of France’s prestigious wine regions, Languedoc has fewer traditions to respect than, say Bordeaux and Burgundy. So the wine growers here are not afraid to experiment and innovate.
We are limited to just 20 seats for this event, so get in quick to avoid disappointment!
Food Rating 3