Café stop: Corrieris, Stirling

Corrieris Cafe was featured as an unusual ‘pick of the week’ on the Velocast podcast a while ago, and ever since then I have been meaning to give the place some proper blog love. It was mentioned by Scot Tares of Skinny Tyres today, which reminded me.

It’s a Scots-Italian cafe to the north of Stirling, on the Causewayhead roundabout, and is very much worth a visit, especially if you are a cyclist. The coffee is excellent, and the food ranges from cakes and ice creams to high-quality pasta and pizzas.

Seen today: 1985 Ferrari 208 turbo

For years the cafe has put up prize money for the Corrieris Classic, a local 10 mile time trial traditionally run by the Denny Road Club. In 2010 this event will be put on by Stirling BC, further strengthening the ties between the club and the cafe. Stirling ends most of its road runs at Corrieris – between 12:30 and 1:30 on a Saturday you’ll be sure to find a number of cyclists in there – come along or avoid as you prefer.

Corrieri's is a cycling friendly cafe

In addition to the great fare and cyclist-friendly atmosphere there are some nice touches. A big portrait of Fausto Coppi in the mountains hangs on the wall in the airy, bright back room, while tucked away above the serving area hangs three jerseys: a Motorola jersey with a photo and Giro start sheet signed by Scotland’s own Brian Smith, a Carrera jersey signed by Claudio Chiapucci, and a maglia rosa signed by Paolo Savoldelli.