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Bike hire, banging bacon butties and a beautiful view – 10 reasons to visit The Cycle Hub, Ouseburn

We go over the handlebars to see why The Hub has become a go-to weekend spot (and it brings more to Newcastle than just bikes).

Written by Rachael Nichol
Published 06.07.2022

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Home within a gorgeous location right at the mouth of the Ouseburn, The Cycle Hub is a cyclist’s haven for all ages and abilities.

But it offers more than just bike hire – it has become the beating heart of the Ouseburn community.

From being a social enterprise helping those less fortunate to serving some delicious local scran and drinks and being a unique event space with an iconic view of the River Tyne, here are our top reasons for why you need to visit The Cycle Hub.

FOOD GLORIOUS FOOD 

All that cycling really works up an appetite – right? On your return to The Cycle Hub, why not refuel with foodie options from their café’s marvellous menu filled with locally sourced food? With everything from handmade sandwiches to freshly baked sausage rolls and their famous bacon butties – you have to try to find out why their famous – The Cycle Hub serves a range of lunch options for all tastes buds. Make sure you check out their lunch bundle that offers a hot drink, crisps and sandwich for just £8.50.

Or, for those of you craving something sweet, The Hub serves some delicious cakes including lemon and white chocolate blondies, red velvet cake and chocolate brownies to get you back on the road after your cycling adventure.

If you’re in a rush, visit the Kitchen Takeaway Hatch that’s open on busy weekends to help avoid long queues. It’s one of the best things that came out of lockdown.

 

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CELEBRATE A SPECIAL OCCASION

Price: £250 (exclusive hire from 6pm – 12am)

Unknown to many of us, The Cycle Hub actually offers us a unique venue for hosting any event. Home on the River Tyne, The Hub is a secluded space – perfect in which to have a wedding reception that not many other newly-weds have had before. It’s also an ideal spot to host birthday parties, retirement parties and end-of-term parties for teachers, as well as social evenings for sports clubs.

You have the freedom to make your event your own with the option to book your own catering or street food vans and there’s no need to worry about drinks, as their licenced bar is fully stocked with plenty of locally sourced beers, spirits and wine, including specialities from Guest Wines and Allendale Brewery. Plus, the iconic view of the River Tyne as your backdrop for your event will make your night one to remember.

 

HLN TOP TIP: To book, email the lovely Jill at events@thecyclehub.org who’ll help make your special occasion that extra bit special.

SUPPORT LOCAL

What we love about The Cycle Hub is that they shop local wherever possible. We’re talking about an amazing selection of indulgent cakes from long-time HLN friends Cake Stories, freshly made sandwiches and freshly baked sausage rolls with vegan options from Zoccolans Baked Goods and fresh cream cakes and cookies from start-up business Layla’s Kitchen.

The Hub is home to a fully licensed bar that has an ever-evolving selection of beers from local breweries, such as Allendale Brewery, as well as wine and spirits from Guest Wines. Plus, you can have a proper cuppa made with Ringtons tea bags, whose business has given The Cycle Hub so much support over the last 10 years and right through the pandemic.

COOL DOWN THE SUN

After a bike ride on a warm, sunny day, it can be hard to find a way to cool down. But this is when The Cycle Hub comes to our rescue – they’ve really thought of everything. Whether you prefer a classic Magnum, a fruity Solero, or if you prefer to sip on an iced coffee to quench your thirst, The Hub Café has a selection of chilled items to help you cool down on the rare occasion we’re blessed with nice weather.

Plus, we’ve had the heads up from The Cycle Hub that soon they’ll be adding slush onto their menu and are adding a scrumptious summer special that makes our mouths water just at the thought of it – Baileys Milkshake.

THE BEST PART – THE VIEW

One thing that doesn’t go unnoticed is The Cycle Hub’s iconic view of the Quayside. Home by the mouth of the Ouseburn, here you have panoramic views across the River Tyne – making The Hub a perfect spot to watch the sunrise. Looking for a memorable place to refuel, relax and unwind? The Hub’s outdoor terrace is a perfectly secluded spot that boasts the best view in the Toon.

 

HLN TOP TIP: Book the South facing covered terrace for you and your friends for a brunch with a view or an afternoon with bubbles and cake.

BECOME MORE SUSTAINABLE  

We all try to do our bit to become more eco-friendly, but we always know we could do more, right? So, imagine being able to become more sustainable just by doing things we actually enjoy, such as drinking coffee? Well, The Cycle Hub has made this possible with their cup hire scheme. For just £2, you can rent a cup and bring it with you each time you buy a coffee – you’ll get double stamps on your loyalty card and it means you’re cutting back on wastage. If you do decide you’ve had enough, you can bring the cup back and get a £2 refund.

Also, thanks to The Hub, you can also cut your carbon foot print by swapping your driving seat for a saddle and hiring a bike to get around. With the continuing rise of petrol prices, hiring a bike will not only help you save your pennies for more important things like The Cycle Hub’s Baileys Milkshake, but it will also help reduce the amount of pollution you’re putting out into the world, too.

WORKING FROM HOME? HIRE AN OFFICE FOR THE DAY

It can sometimes feel a bit isolating working from home, so why don’t you break things up by hiring an office for the day? This isn’t like your ordinary office, either – you’ll be working with the best views of the River Tyne. For just £50 for a half-day, including unlimited coffee, the office can seat up to 10 people. Or simply hot desk from the hub which is free!

Whether you’re after a venue for a training day or want to have meetings that aren’t over Zoom, the options are endless at The Cycle Hub. For rainy days, book the meeting room in the tower; when the sun shines, go for the south-facing terrace, which can hold up to 12 people.

 

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FIX YOUR BIKE

Price: From £40

Have you had your bike in the back of your shed for years now, always meaning to fix those pesky brakes but have never got round to it? Well, The Cycle Hub is the answer to your prayers, thanks to their bicycle workshop.

Whether your brakes are feeling sticky or your gears just don’t feel right, bring your bike down to Simon, who runs Ouseburn Bike Works and offers a full range of services from quick fixes and basic services to a full extensive check over your bike. He’ll help you get back on the road in no time.

 

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START A NEW HOBBY

Price: From £5.00

Whether you’re a pro or a beginner, The Cycle Hub is a space for everyone to enjoy. From hiring a hybrid bike for a 14-day adventure exploring Northumberland to renting a folding bike to help you with your commute to work, or even hiring a bike for the little ones in your life to learn how to ride, The Hub makes cycling accessible, affordable and a perfect way to enjoy your down time by exploring the North East and beyond.

One of our favourite routes is riding up the Quayside across the Swing Bridge before cycling back to The Hub Café, where we can treat ourselves to an iced coffee. But your cycling route doesn’t have to be local – you can take your bike wherever your heart desires. Whether you want to rent a bike for a weekend exploring the Lake District or tour around bonny Scotland, the options are endless.

 

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FEEL PART OF SOMETHING

The Cycle Hub isn’t just for cyclists. It’s a safe haven for everyone, regardless of background, age or abilities. By paying The Hub a visit for a spot of lunch or hiring a bike, you can help make a real difference, as some of your money goes towards their social enterprise which helps to give back to those less fortunate in our community.

From offering free hot chocolate for kids whose families are struggling to being a collection point and fundraiser for East End Women’s food bank, they’ve created a space where anyone and everyone can feel welcome and part of a community. The team at The Cycle Hub also support Newcastle City Council’s cycling initiatives, Military Veterans Cycling Club and Better Days, a charity supporting people with additional needs with a wonderful selection of adapted bikes. Plus, this summer the hub is operating a free breakfast club for kids.

 

HLN TOP TIP: If you know anyone who can benefit from The Cycle Hub’s adapted bikes, please get in touch.

For more information about The Cycle Hub visit their website, follow their Instagram and like their Facebook page.

THE CYCLE HUB, QUAYSIDE, NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE NE6 1BU

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