The Waiting Room, Warmley Station

10 06 2012

The Waiting Room at Warmley Station is nothing of the sort. Because since Dr Beeching’s dismantling of Britain’s provincial railway network in the 1960s there is no Warmley station and so there is no waiting room. There are still a few passengers waiting, however, and a station master, all made out of metal.

What the waiting room is today is a small cafe accessed by most from the Bristol & Bath Railway Path, no longer carrying passengers by steam, but under their own steam.

The cafe is a very useful stop along the path to Bath. That’s why I visited earlier this week, at the start of a very English Bank Holiday cycle ride in the pouring rain.

My brief visit was in order to get an emergency banana and bottle of water to give me the energy to make it to the lifesize Georgian theme park.

More substantial food orders available include bacon and sausage sandwiches, all-day breakfasts, burgers and cheesy chips, and a selection of ice creams on hot days.

One of Bristol’s strengths is new uses for old building, and the Waiting Room at Warmley is a prime example of this, a million times better than another former waiting room, Roo Bar at Clifton Down, and a rare example of something for which to thank Dr Beeching.

The Waiting Room, Warmley Station, Bristol & Bath Railway Path, Warmley, Bristol.


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12 06 2012
Souterain

Having coffee here in the sun at the moment. Lovely spot to pass time till the working day ends.

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