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Signal Box Cafe

Bodmin Parkway Station | A38, Bodmin, England
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Ranked #27 of 53 Restaurants in Bodmin
Cuisines: British
Description: One of my stranger suggestions. Run by the charity who operate a small branch line which meets the main Paddington to Penzance line at this station, the old signal box, up a short staircase is a quaint but friendly and hospitable snack bar on an otherwise isolated and inhospitable station. The limited profits go to the charity but the food is tasty simple and very good value. A useful novelty that might otherwise go unnoticed. Worth a listing.
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Description: One of my stranger suggestions. Run by the charity who operate a small branch line which meets the main Paddington to Penzance line at this station, the old signal box, up a short staircase is a quaint but friendly and hospitable snack bar on an otherwise isolated and inhospitable station. The limited profits go to the charity but the food is tasty simple and very good value. A useful novelty that might otherwise go unnoticed. Worth a listing.
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English first
Bodmin, United Kingdom
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

I think that this is a great place to start a trip... with a good cup of coffee and a big slice of home made cake.. clean and tidy spot on....

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Plymouth, United Kingdom
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96 reviews 96 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
584 helpful votes 584 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2014

I am well disposed to this little cafe because it reside us from a cold hour on the platform after we miscalculated the return train time to Plymouth after a long walk through the park at Lanhydrock. The cafe occupies the upstairs room of the old signal box. It is run by a charity who have to do with some... More

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St Austell, United Kingdom
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2014

A visit to Bodmin Parkway was when I stumbled across this hidden gem! The cafe is ran by a lovely lady called Ho, who makes all her own cakes (caramel shortbread my favourite!!) A very nice place to just go and drink tea, even better if you are into railways like me, with superb views of the mainline, and then... More

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Exeter, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2014

Dropped in for a freshly cooked egg and bacon bap and a cup of tea while waiting for my train. Great view of the station and friendly service. The complete opposite of the sterile, bland, overpriced offerings at your usual station outlet. Refreshing.

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Cirencester
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672 reviews 672 reviews
374 restaurant reviews
2,154 helpful votes 2,154 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2013

Although there are some late twentieth century items, it mostly reminded me of what a pre-war buffet may have felt like. Nothing very tasty. All a bit basic but filling and tasty in a simple functional way. It fed and watered me after walking through the park and woods from Lanhydrock.

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Looe, United Kingdom
2 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2013

Lovely little cafe with good food at a good price. Just right after a walk to/from Respryn Bridge and Lanhydrock. Great friendly service and one of the best bacon and egg baps for miles.

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St Issey, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2013

You would think in this day and age, Vegetarians would be able to get a Vegetrian Sausage Bab or a Vegetarain Bacon Bab? But no not in this café, only a Fried Egg Bap. The Lady who works here refuses to cater for Vegetarians, and even questions you why you are a Vegetarian and tells you, you should not be... More

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Lostwithiel, United Kingdom
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40 reviews 40 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2013 via mobile

Popped in here whilst waiting for the train to London. It was nice to sit by the window and watch the steam train which was preparing to depart. Felt like I had stepped back in time! I do like the fact that use had been made of the old signal box to provide a quirky independent station cafe. Much better... More

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PetePhillips
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26 reviews 26 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2013

Popped into this bijou station cafe a number of times when passing through. Forget the plastic wrapped commercial rubbish you get on most stations. Here things are homemade and freshly cooked, wonderful cakes and slabs of bread and butter cooking and service with a smile. And all this in the quirky surrounds of an old signal box. A wonderful, wonderful... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2013

always use this place great bacon and sandwiches and the best home made cakes ever the lady is really nice with a warm hearted welcome, varied menu and sells lots of nick nacks aswell, great stop for breakfast or lunch anyday

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