The Vitality Bath Half marathon is one of the events of the year for Bathonians and visitors alike. While those in their thousands pull on their leggings, fix their sweat bands in place and do some last minute lunges, supporters will line the streets in their masses on Sunday 12 March to cheer on the runners.
If you’re a spectator you might want to grab a cuppa to keep you warm from the sidelines just before the half marathon guns go off. Or once the race has finished you may need a coffee to sooth your vocal chords after too much cheering.
Here we round up six of the best places near to the marathon route where you can enjoy a hot drink and a quick bite to eat…
Blue Quails Deli
Situated near to the half marathon’s start and finish line, Blue Quails Deli is the perfect café for spectators to refuel throughout the day after all that cheering.
Offering homemade soups, fresh salads and one of the best bacon sandwiches in the city, you certainly won’t go hungry on race day. Wash that down with a coffee, tea or one of their several delicious hot chocolates and you’ll be set for the rest of the day.
7 Bridge Street,
Bath BA2 4AS
Tel: 01225 338885
The Chelsea Café
Always a popular spot for those in the Weston and Newbridge area, The Chelsea Café offers an array of different teas, coffee and fruit juices to have in or take-away. Why not grab a croissant or one of their delicious homemade cakes before heading down to Newbridge Road to watch the race.
For those looking for something a bit more substantial, breakfast includes eggs Benedict, smoked salmon and scrambled eggs, and slow cooked smoky ham hock and beans with poached eggs (if you haven’t already, you need to try it). Breakfast is served until 2pm.
Bath BA1 3DU
Tel: 01225 333688
Boston Tea Party
If you’re in need of a break from supporting the runners going past Green Park, head over the Boston Tea Party. For the perfect pick me up, treat yourself to one of their fruits of the forest smoothies and a gooey homemade brownie. Or maybe try one of their legendary breakfasts or toasted sandwiches that are served all day.
19 Kingsmead Square,
Bath BA1 2AE
Tel: 01225 314826
Victoria Pub & Kitchen
Has the stress of watching the runners tired you out? Need a proper drink? The Victoria Pub & Kitchen opposite Royal Victoria Park is the perfect spot to enjoy a refreshing ale or gin and tonic while cheering the runners on.
The pub has a large outdoor decking area for those wanting to sit outside and show their support, while the large windows in the dining area allow customers to watch the half marathon from the comfort of their own seats.
Upper Bristol Road,
Bath BA1 3AT
Tel: 01225 422563
Society Café offers a great range of coffee, loose leaf tea and organic juices for those watching the race near to Kingsmead Square. Having an energy dip from too much cheering? Try one of their macaroons or a delicious shortbread before you head back outside to show your support.
4 & 5 Kingsmead Square
Bath, BA1 2AB
Tel: 01225 442433
Hall & Woodhouse
Open from 9am on weekends, Hall & Woodhouse is the ideal spot for a coffee and some breakfast before popping over to Queen Square to support the half marathon’s competitors.
Feeling peckish after watching the runners hard at work? Tuck into one of Hall & Woodhouse’s momentous Sunday roasts, which include roast lamb, sirloin beef or roast loin of pork with Yorkshire puddings and all the trimmings.
1 Old King Street,
Bath BA1 2JW
Tel: 01225 469259