The city’s first cycling themed café is on track to open in the autumn.

Velo at The Level has been offered the lease on an eco-café as part of Brighton and Hove City Council’s £2.3 million restoration of the area.

Run by a team of local entrepreneurs headed by Nigel Lambe, coowner of Small Batch Coffee Company, café Velo will combine a cycling theme with great coffee and outstanding food. The new single-storey café has high sustainability credentials, including a green, wildlife-friendly roof, solar thermal and PV panels, air source heating and a rainwater harvesting system.

The building, occupying a highly visible position at the heart of the park adjacent to the restored and relandscaped Rose Walk, will feature glass doors opening out onto a substantial dining terrace on three sides.

Its positioning enables visitors to look out over the rest of the park, particularly the southern area with its newsensory gardens, water fountains, children’s play areas, restored pavilions, bridges and pergolas.

The café is expected to be open by the end of September, although the restored south end of the park, including the playground and the new skatepark has already re-opened to the public.

Councillor Pete West, chairman of the council’s environment, transport and sustainability committee, said: “What impressed us about Velo’s bid was the emphasis on sustainable food sourcing, fresh produce and affordable prices, alongside the exciting cycling theme.”

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