Cycling fans in London are well-catered for this year when it comes to finding a place to watch Tour de France action in the company of like-minded souls through the Rapha Cycle Club and Look Mum No Hands, both previously featured here on road.cc and from today their counterparts in Worcester have somewhere to watch the race while grabbing a bite to eat, too.
Found on New Street, Chesters Restaurant, owned by cycling fan Dave Worland, focuses on Mexican food plus a list of beers that appropriately enough given the Tour’s Grand Depart in the Low Countries this year includes some of Belgium’s best brews – perfect for those who want to swig a Chimay while watching Chavanel, or munch on a Fajita as they follow Farrar.
Dave, who has run the restaurant for more than a decade, says the restaurant has a courtyard that will provide secure bike parking, and will be showing live ITV4 coverage of the Tour throughout the next three weeks, as well as some classic action from past editions of the race in the evenings.
“It just seemed like an obvious thing to do,” he told us, “not particularly as a money making thing but because I love watching the Tour and I think it’s time UK cycling culture started to celebrate its obvious link with good food and drink. We’re always busy in the evenings anyway but with ITV4 covering the Tour live during the afternoons too I thought this was a good time to open all day and set up the place for cycling fans to enjoy”.
To find out more, call Chesters on 01905 611638, or have a look at their website.
Simon has been news editor at road.cc since 2009, reporting on 10 editions and counting of pro cycling’s biggest races such as the Tour de France, stories on issues including infrastructure and campaigning, and interviewing some of the biggest names in cycling. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, his background has proved invaluable in reporting on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, and the bike industry. He splits his time between London and Cambridge, and loves taking his miniature schnauzer Elodie on adventures in the basket of her Elephant Bike.