This month’s Guest Blog is from an Edinburgh blog I’ve just recently come across, ‘Eat Minus Wheat’. Cutting out one of the most widely used ingredients – gluten – from your diet can be frustrating and challenging, but following a gluten-free lifestyle shouldn’t mean you have to give up the things you love. Melissa shares her gluten-free experiences eating out in Edinburgh and beyond on her blog ‘Eat Minus Wheat’ along with all her favourite recipes. I was particulary intrigued by her recent post on a local cycling shop and cafe, Ronde Bicycle Outfitters.
My husband is a lifelong cyclist so I inevitably find myself hanging out at Ronde. We go for the cycling gear and servicing and for us the cafe is an added bonus (so I can relax and have a tea while my hubby and Neil chat for ages…..) but reading Mel’s post helped me see Ronde in a new light…..
Ronde Bicycle Outfitters (words and photos by M. Munro at Eat Minus Wheat)
As with cycling, cycle cafes are becoming increasingly popular. I’ve been to cycling inspired cafes in both London (Rapha Cycling Club and Look Mum No Hands!) and Vancouver (Musette Café) and now recently Ronde Bicycle Outfitters in Stockbridge.
Ronde is a specialised independent bicycle shop and café located in the heart of Stockbridge, Edinburgh. However, Ronde is more than just a shop and café. It’s a community in itself. Their passion for cycling is evident – from the bikes and products for sale in the shop to the club rides that leave the shop every Saturday morning. Race screenings and film nights also show their commitment to harnessing their community of cycle enthusiasts.
Before I go any further I should point out I am not a cyclist. However, the best part about Ronde is that you don’t need to be! If cycling isn’t your thing, I would still recommend visiting, if just for a nice alternative from the other cafes in Stockbridge – as long as you don’t mind the occasional man (or woman) in lycra! They have managed to cultivate an inclusive atmosphere – even dogs are welcome!
The café is relatively small, which adds to its relaxed atmosphere. The menu includes two options of soup, at least one of which is gluten-free and a great selection of cakes. I visited for lunch on Sunday with my husband and sister-in-law, and as luck would have it both soup options were gluten-free; celtic kelpe (chicken with almond, kale and pulse) and butternut, carrot and cardnon. We all opted for the celtic kelpe. The soup is served with two generous slices of rustic bread with butter. Unfortunately there was no gluten-free bread. Having said that the soup was very filling – and very tasty.
The cake selection was too tempting to resist – from carrot cake and Victoria sponge to peanut butter and caramel brownies.
I’d noticed that none of the cakes were marked gluten-free so after double-checking with the staff, I was told the lemon polenta cake was gluten-free. It was delicious – light and refreshing.
Ronde is definitely worth a visit, whether you’re a bike enthusiast or not. A great example of an independent which has positioned itself well, created a community based on strong brand values and provided a unique, relaxed environment where people can shop for cycling products, seek advice about cycling, socialise and feel part of a community.