New 'bike friendly' pub in Bath-locals advice pls
So I’ve just re-opened & refurbished the Kings Arms on Monmouth place in Bath… what can I do to make it uber cyclist friendly?
We have a covered cobbled courtyard, sell locally roasted coffee, muddy gear/lycra welcome… bike racks? Discounts?
And who are the local clubs/people to know? Any advice very much appreciated… 🙂Posted 4 years ago
Ale policy is somerset/local with the odd national guest: this week it’s from bristol beer factory nova, bath ales gem, blindmans brewery, box steam brewery, abbey ales bellringer, milk street brewer in frome, plus a couple of others early next week. There’s cask cider too.Posted 4 years ago
good luck! Marking yourself out might help?
Suggestions: Hang a (genuinely) interesting or vintage bike on a wall or adapted as display might generate a bit of local chat – Chain a track pump/tools to the wall outside?
See mud-dock upstairs in Bristol (bit extreme I know as it’s a bike shop, but upstairs is bona-fide cafe/bar!) or that bar/cafe in London (forget the name)..
Maybe a wordpress or simple site for browsers as well – FB is not for everyone 🙂Posted 4 years agonedrapierSubscriber
I’ve got a few friends in Bath, keen cyclists, like ale, ride with a mtb club. Two of them have run, are running a hotel-bar. One of them’s a marketing manager for Bath tourism, I’ll mail her a link to this. She’s more of a cider girl, though! You got much of that on?Posted 4 years ago
nowt to do with bikes, but if you have a courtyard, IR lamps and booths/bays with some glazing over could develop a real following.
Popular in the extreme with smokers and non-smokers alike..
Take a look at the business the Highbury vaults in Bristol does (by the Uni).Posted 4 years ago
That’s a good heads up bonchance, I’ll investigate the highbury vaults at the weekend (the hardship of claimable market research!). We have about 2/3rds of the courtyard covered already, and although the thought of my electricity bill terrify’s me I’d pondered outdoor heating…Posted 4 years agoDanWMember
Bath features in lots of ride maps/ routes given the Bristol bike path, canal paths and reasonably quiet lanes- if you can get a mention in anything like that or in the Bath Cycle week for example that should help bring in the out of towners.
Within Bath there are 2 MTB Wed night rides, the uni club and dozens of road rides so getting in with the clubs and shops within Bath should spread the word.
Main thing I’d say is let as many people know who you are and where you are. Awareness is your main battle I’d say (assuming the pub is nice once actually in there 😀 )Posted 4 years agoorange16Member
Ex Bathonian, used to drink in old Kinger when lived around the corner, but mainly walcot where there were some bike fiends working in the Hat and Bell …. Will re visit in next fortnight. Secure loops to lock bikes to outside with CCTV as deterent, target local cycling groups/shops, invite journo’s from Future publishing for photo-shoot. get loads of bike memorabilia on walls – have source if it helps? Decent coffee during the day, quality ales at night. Word of mouth is what Bath is all about. Good luckPosted 4 years agojamesoSubscriber
How about bike film nights and Belgian beers, an ever-changing selection of single malts for the winter night-riders, good ‘fast’ food (simple pasta or baked-spud based) and an outdoor heater/kit drier : )
Edit – forget the Belgian beers.Posted 4 years ago
And I always liked going into bars in Europe and seeing an old TDF KOM jersey or similar on the wall, sometimes the barman would say it was a local chap’s or his son etc. Do you know any good local racers?UrbanHikerMember
It may not be traditional pub territory, but I’d be aiming to get customers in all day. Especially on the weekend, open early and get the breakfast, coffee punters in. Many of these will be bikers after early morning rides etc.
Are you local, do you know the local competition? I’d be looking at poaching from the cafe’s on Chelsea rd, the Velo Lounge on Moreland rd, and the Society Cafe, in town.
Bath doesn’t have that many decent pubs with outside space, its a good asset so worth making the most of.
Good luck.Posted 4 years agoedlongMember
That’s a good heads up bonchance, I’ll investigate the highbury vaults at the weekend (the hardship of claimable market research!). We have about 2/3rds of the courtyard covered already, and although the thought of my electricity bill terrify’s me I’d pondered outdoor heating…
Possible downside – you’ll alienate that section of the cycling community who are attracted by the eco-credentials of it (cycling) as a form of transport – heating the outside air being something they will frown upon more than a little.Posted 4 years agoDanWMember
Good point on marketing outside of Bath? Maybe Bradford on Avon (and that direction) could be another place to spread the word with people riding in from that direction along the canal?
Maybe get in touch with some of the other pubs along the route in addition to bike shops/ clubs as some people might start with a coffee in Bradford on Avon then ride to Bath for lunch and back or similar.Posted 4 years ago
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