Eureka Cyclists' Cafe - Certificate of Commendation

Eureka Cyclists' Cafe - Certificate of Commendation

Since its foundation in 1929, the Eureka Cyclists’ Café has served the needs of generations of cyclists.

 Located on the A540 near its junction with the A550, on the edge of Wirral, it is one of the very few remaining refreshment stops of its kind.  Eureka caters almost exclusively for cyclists - cyclists of all types, be they an Olympic champion or a summer Sunday afternoon ‘potterer’.  Likened to a cross between a café and an open clubroom, it is a place at which all who cycle are welcome.

For over 50 years, Eureka was owned and run by members of one family, the Longmans and their daughter, Mrs Addie Yarrington.  The original tea- room (actually based in two rooms) in the home of Mr and Mrs George Longman, was moved at the end of the Second World War, into an ex-Army hut re-erected adjacent to their house.  Later this hut was replaced by a former seaside chalet, which still forms part of a subsequently much extended building. 

In 1986, Mrs Yarrington sold the property to an active cyclist, Neil Chapman and his wife Ann.  This was in order to keep this traditional cyclists’ café open, in preference to selling to a local builder, During the ensuing eighteen years of ownership by the Chapmans, numerous improvements were made to the premises and Eureka began to stock other cyclists’ needs such as spare inner tubes and similar items.  In the period of ownership by Keith and Anne Peek, which began in 2002, further extensive alterations have been made, increasing the capacity of the establishment.  Eureka is currently open for four days a week; a greater range of cycling equipment is stocked, and cycles are available on sale or for hire.  At the same time, the ‘ethos’ of Eureka, as a cyclists’ café, has been maintained.

Although primarily serving the needs of cyclists from the Cheshire and Merseyside areas, Eureka is visited by others from many parts of this country as well as overseas.  Some will be familiar with it having called there while on the 1982 and 1999 Birthday Rides.  Others will have seen Eureka featured on the 1980s BBC 2 programme ‘Me and My Bike’, extracts from which have subsequently been used in Open University broadcasts.  This ‘famous eating and meeting place for cyclists’ has also twice won Cycling Weekly’s Best Café of the Year Award (in 2004 and 2005).