To write what must be London Cyclist’s most delicious blog post ever I tried out London’s first bicycle valeting restaurant. All in the name of journalism of course! Cue mouth watering image of food..
It was founded by a pair of keen cyclists who thought wouldn’t it be great if someone just takes your bike away and locks it for you. And yes, it really is great.
Arriving at the restaurant we waited by the door until we spotted a waiter and asked if they could lock our bikes. They were a bit confused so it was obvious this was a new idea they were trying out and we were the first customers to request it.
The manager welcomed us in while two of the staff tended to our bikes. Taking our comfortable seats we were instantly impressed by the look inside the restaurant.
After a quick chat with the manager about the whole bike valeting idea and what he thought of it we ordered our food. Absolutely all of it was delicious and it soon disappeared from our plates. The restaurant offers a different set of menus depending on what time you visit. Main meals cost around £18 and the set menu offers very good value. To checkout what is on offer head to the Cafe Luc website.
Finishing the dessert we wanted to see if the cyclist friendly approach was something that ran deep into the business. As it was early days there were no facilities yet to encourage the staff to cycle to work. Though, with two keen cyclists behind the business, I wouldn’t be surprised if this was to follow.
Leaving the restaurant our bikes were brought to us but we were keen to see where they were being stored. To our surprise it was just on a bike parking stand with one lock. We were quick to dispense the double locking advice as well as suggest more hefty locks.
However, since our visit I’ve been told a new store room has been cleared so that the bikes can be stored inside the restaurant which is much safer.
If you are around Marylebone and looking for a good restaurant then I can highly recommend a trip to Cafe Luc. The bike valeting is a fun little extra and its the first time I’ve heard of this kind of service.
Finally, I can’t resist one more delicious picture of food:
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