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…
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 Workshop Manager
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.
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.
Jared Carlin Training Bike Apprentice
17-year-old Jared joined the Chiltern Velo team in January 2023 as a training bike apprentice, assisting Workshop Manager Rob in the busy repair workshop.
Owner of a 2022 WHYTE Hard Tail, Jared enjoys mountain biking, urban photography and investing.
Chiltern Velo Café opens!
Site clearance work begins
Planning permission is granted for a café, basement and bike repair shop
Site purchased from the brewery
Rose and Crown Pub closes its doors
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