George Osborne visits The Courtyard Knutsford ahead of Tour of Britain

As preparations for the Tour of Britain cycling race get underway, Tatton MP and former chancellor, George Osborne has visited Knutsford, Cheshire, which will act as the finish line for stage 3 of the competition. While exploring the area he also stopped by The Courtyard Coffee House - home to the fascinating Penny Farthing museum.

The Tour of Britain race kicks off on the 4th September and is made up of eight gruelling stages. On Tuesday 6th September, the premier road cycling race will pass through Knutsford town twice on the way to the finish line in Tatton Park. To celebrate the event, the local council has painted 160 bikes bright orange to decorate the route. 

Osborne visited Knutsford to view the preparations for the race and, along with local councillors James Power and Hayley Wells-Bradshaw, also visited The Courtyard Coffee House. The beautiful restaurant is home to the Penny Farthing museum. The Penny Farthing was one of the earliest types of bicycles and became popular in the late Victorian era, paving the way for the birth of cycling as a competitive sport. 

Ian Lloyd-Simons, Manager of The Courtyard Knutsford, said, “We’re thrilled that Knutsford is going to be part of Britain’s biggest road cycling race. As the home of the Penny Farthing museum this is an historic place for cycling and the whole town is getting behind the event to celebrate. As the cyclists pass through during the third stage of the race we’re sure the crowds will line the streets and get behind the competitors to cheer them on.

“Those watching the race in Knutsford can learn about the history of the sport in the Penny Farthing museum, which includes over 20 original models and offers a unique snapshot in time. Of course, guests can also sample the home cooked food off our delicious menu for the perfect accompaniment for the cycling event.” 

The Courtyard Coffee House offers a wide range of food with some very special recipes, and a cobbled courtyard that recently won 1stprize for its floral arrangements and a recent award of excellence from Trip Advisor. Guests will also see the only bright orange Penny Farthing in the world to commemorate this special event and are even free to have their photo riding it.

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The Courtyard Coffee House and Restaurant in Knutsford, Cheshire offers a range of drinks and meals, including afternoon tea. The courtyard boasts a rich history and is home to the Penny Farthing museum. 



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