We have a pint in the old railway pub popular with walkers and cyclists on the Bristol to Bath path

The Midland Spinner at Warmley has a beer garden, a real log fire and a large range of ciders
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The junction of Station Road and London Road in Warmley is still a wonderful reminder of the golden age of steam railways.

There’s the perfectly preserved Grade II-listed signal box and the Warmley station platform waiting room is now a popular cafe on the Bristol and Bath Railway Path.

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And then there’s The Midland Spinner, a pub named after one of the handsome late 19th-century steam engines.

There were 15 Midland Spinners built between 1896 and 1899 and they were used by the Midland Railway, which was one of the largest railway companies in Britain at the time.

Next to the Dramway, a footpath on the old tramway route that once carried coal from Coalpit Heath to the River Avon, The Midland Spinner is across the road from the Warmley Forest Park and Bristol to Bath Railway path.

A two-room pub with a decent-sized beer garden and patio at the back, it attracts local residents as well as walkers and cyclists. There's also a large function room that can hold up to 80 people.

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On the drizzly day I visited, there were plenty of muddy boots and damp dogs, too, but with its mix of old wooden boards and slate tiles, the hard-wearing floors in the pub are well used to that.

At one end of the bar, a real log fire was blazing on a cold March day and the racing was on the large TV.

Inside The Midland Spinner in WarmleyInside The Midland Spinner in Warmley
Inside The Midland Spinner in Warmley

One wall has a large vintage ‘first class’ sign from LNER (London North Eastern Railway) and there is an old Courage Best mirror near the central bar.

The smaller of the two rooms has two dartboards and there was a friendly game going on during this early afternoon visit.

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My well-kept pint of St Austell Tribute was only £4.05, and most draught products are under £4.50. The lagers include Stella Artois, Cruzcampo, Amstel and San Miguel, although most of the customers in this semi-rural pub seemed to be on the cider - Cheddar Valley, Natch, Blackthorn Dry, Thatchers Gold and Thatchers Haze being the choice.

The Midland Spinner has karaoke on Friday nights and  and live music in the bar on Sunday afternoons.

Over the past month, acts have included Longshots, Sex Bristols and Frankie Johns. This week, there’s karaoke with Sizzlin’ Dave on April 1 and music from Woodchuck on April 3.

When it comes to food, there is a basket of clingfilm-wrapped rolls on the corner of the bar and crisps including Scampi Fries - always the sign of a proper pub.

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And for those who want to stick to the Midlands theme of this former railway pub, there are also packets of ‘Black Country’ pork scratchings for a real taste of the past.

The Midland Spinner, 4 London Road, Warmley, Bristol, BS30 5JB.

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