Our Story

When the Rose and Crown pub called time in November 2013, it looked as though this beautiful location would be lost forever.

Seven years on, a team of local business owners has come together to breathe new life into the area. The result is Chiltern Velo – a beautiful café and bike repair shop for walkers, cyclists and coffee addicts alike.

Now that work is underway, we can’t wait for you to become part of our story. Start right here by keeping up to date with the latest on the Chiltern Velo build…

About Us

Martin Stone  Project Brains

When a 2015 knee replacement op put paid to Martin’s passion for football and running, he took up cycling to speed his recovery.

He quickly fell in love with the sport but noticed that cafes which welcomed muddy boots and bikes were few and far between! The concept for Chiltern Velo was born.

In 2018, Martin met bike repair specialist Rob Bourne and the rest is history! Plans were drawn up and, with the overwhelming support of the local community, permission was granted in 2019.

Rob Bourne  Bike Repair Supremo

Keen cyclist and Cytech-trained mechanic Rob has always dreamed of running his busy workshop from a cycle café. 

His career in the cycling industry started in 1977 with a Saturday job at a London bike shop. He went on to complete an apprenticeship as a motor mechanic and studied Motor Vehicle Technology. 

In 1990 Rob began working for the Ministry of Defence but, after being made redundant in 2013, he seized the opportunity to return to his first love – repairing bikes. 

Rob is now an in-demand bike mechanic heading up the Chiltern Velo repair workshop. The workshop is open for business and ready for you to book your bike in online today.

Zoe Duckworth  Café Manager

Having had previous experience working in pubs locally and managing pubs in High Wycombe, Zoe is very excited to have the opportunity to run the Chiltern Velo Café and be involved in bringing this exciting new venture to the community where she lives.

Zoe is a keen rugby player, runner and horse rider and she can’t wait to open the doors of the café in the spring, and welcome everyone in to enjoy a relaxing pitstop.

Gill Newton  Café Catering Queen

Local catering expert Gill Newton is planning to bring more than her legendary cakes and bakes to Chiltern Velo.

Gill, whose catering company, Gill’s Cooking, has been delighting customers for more than 30 years, can’t wait for the community to get together after more than a year in lockdown.

The cafe’s daily menu will include a selection of her famous food – from coffee, carrot and chocolate cake, to savoury treats including cheese scones, pastries and home-made soups.

But that not all. Gill has big plans to put Chiltern Velo on the map for having the best Cream Tea for miles!

Our Timeline

  • December 2021

    Chiltern Velo Café opens!

  • May 2020

    Bike repair online booking system opens 

  • April 2020

    Site clearance work begins

  • August 2019

    Planning permission is granted for a café, basement and bike repair shop

  • December 2014

    Site purchased from the brewery

  • November 2013

    Rose and Crown Pub closes its doors

Thank you!

A huge thank you to the following people who have supported this project and helped make the dream a reality: 

Christine Stott, Janet Hopkinson, The Chiltern Society, Chiltern District Council, Kerry Heywood, James Thornborrow
Chilterns Conservation Board, Margaret & Joan Walton, Simon Church, The Chesham Society, Lucy Dowson. Carol Brazier, Mr & Mrs G Elliott, Peter Robinson, Jeremy Buckman, Janet & Peter Hopkinson, Jon Harding, Sue Scott, Deb McHugh, Pam Cheeld, Peter Beale, Mike Wallis, Erik Jan Scholten, Emma & Neil Clifford, Lindsay Griffin, Graham Botwright, Mrs Merrin Molesworth, Mr Patrick Mcloughlin

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