We left graphic-design careers in London with a dream of opening a bike shop and restaurant. With plenty of energy and enthusiasm, but meagre funds and little experience of retail or catering, we began refurbishing an airy industrial building on the floating harbour in Bristol…

Our love of bikes and food has helped us keep up with cycling and restaurant trends over the years. We’ve seen chain restaurants open and close around us, and we’ve lost a lot of sales to online businesses who cut prices and sell boxes out of sheds. But thanks to our amazing team and loyal customers, 2019 saw us celebrating Mud Dock’s 25th anniversary.

Some happy Mud Dock memories…


A building is found, walls are knocked down and a big round window is installed.

Mud Dock building renovation, 1993


Mud Dock Cycleworks and Café opens. We sell our first mug of tea. Tom Jaine, editor of The Good Food Guide, gives us a pretty good food review in The Telegraph.


Mud Dock is featured in the World of Interiors. We are regional winners of the National Small Business Award. We build our first deck overlooking the harbour.

Glorious Mud article, 1995


Fashion guru Paul Smith makes a TV programme at Mud Dock and sponsors our team.

Paul Smith article, 1995


The Festival of the Sea is held on the harbourside – and we’re in the middle of it. We buy a Dodge Ram as our team truck.

Dodge Ram truck, 1996
Dodge Ram truck, 1996


The All Blacks eat at Mud Dock Café, the night before their match at Ashton Gate.

All Blacks article, 1997


Dave and Ade are on the front page of MBR (but not in team kit!). Our MTB team, sponsored by San Miguel, compete in and win the National Championships.

MBR cover, 1997


Mud Dock Café wins Café of the Year in Cafés of Europe by Roy Ackerman. World Champion Graeme Obree launches the city leg of the Prutour at Mud Dock. Paul Smith designs our team kit. We win best-dressed team.

Café of the Year 1998 article


We commission portraits of key staff and regulars by Chris Simkiss, which then appear in the Independent Saturday Magazine.

Independent Saturday Magazine article, 1998


Paul McCartney holds a book launch at Mud Dock.

Beatles cartoon


We organize a pétanque tournament to raise money for the Children’s Hospital.

Boules article, 2002


Mud Dock Bike Shed opens with secure parking and showers. We build our second deck.

Bike Shed article, 2003
Mud Dock Bike Shed, 2003


We celebrate our 10th anniversary.


More great reviews in national mags and papers.

Review in The Times, 2005


The writer Will Self pays us a visit. Matt pops up on the cover of Seven, and in an article in Life magazine.

Will Self article, 2006
Seven magazine cover, 2006


We host a Rollapaluza roller race, and our Duncan clocks the 5th fastest time EVER. Jamie, head of the maths department, realises he’s been with us for 10 years.

Rollapaluza night, 2008
The Telegraph Magazine article, 2008


We organise Mudstock – a festival for all things cycling

Mudstock poster, 2010


We commission artist Stewy to make Bristol themed stencils of Brunel, Darth Vader, DJ Derek etc.

Stewy's Darth, 2013
Stewy's Brunel, 2013


Mud Dock celebrates its 20th anniversary.

20th anniversary banner, 2014


We partner up with Le Sportif to host regular road rides.

Le Sportif logo, 2015


We record our busiest ever year in the Café. Rapha base their Prestige ride for the South West at Mud Dock.

Rapha Prestige Ride departing from Mud Dock, 2016


We record our busiest ever year in the Café – again! Mud Dock becomes Brompton’s biggest retailer in the South West.

Brompton montage, 2017
Brompton bicycle icons


Jamie realises he’s been with us for 20 years. We host the Tour of Britain team during the Bristol leg of the race, and host the Zwift + Wahoo King and Queen of the Mountains race night in the Café.

Zwift Wahoo event at Mud Dock, 2018


Our 25th anniversary party brought friends, staff, suppliers and customers old and new together for an unforgettable night.

Mud Dock 25th Anniversary Party
Mud Dock 25th Anniversary Party
Mud Dock 25th Anniversary Party

To learn more about Mud Dock, pop in to see us and experience the place for yourself!