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Bodmin Parkway Station | A38, Bodmin, England
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Description: One of my stranger suggestions. Run by the charity who operate a small...
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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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Lovely staff

The staff here are always so nice helpful and serve such lovely food the cafe is quirky and it's enjoyable to sit and watch the world go by will be back

5 of 5 starsReviewed December 16, 2014
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23 reviews 23 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014 via mobile

The staff here are always so nice helpful and serve such lovely food the cafe is quirky and it's enjoyable to sit and watch the world go by will be back

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Bodmin, United Kingdom
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33 reviews 33 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

We go to The Signal Box most weeks after a short walk from Resprin Bridge Lanhydrock, The ladies are lovely and every thing is freshly made, coffee is very good and cheese scones are a must. It's a very unusual place to have coffee an old signal box but that's part of the charm, watching people dashing about whale you... More 

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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014

Ordered 2 bacon and egg baps. They were delicious and great value for money. Fast and friendly service too. Thank you.

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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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13 reviews 13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014

Bought an egg and bacon bap each, a tea and a coffee whilst waiting for the train. Service was quick and the rolls were top-notch quality and good value at £2.70 - well worth it!

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13 reviews 13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2014

Visit it quite often when working nearby always have received great service. The food is really good quality and the cakes are not to be missed. One of Cornwall's hidden gems

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Wigan, United Kingdom
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33 reviews 33 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

Always a pleasure to have a cup of tea up in the old signal box at Bodmin Parkway station whilst waiting for our steam train up to Bodmin General on the Bodmin and Wenford Railway. Lovely and friendly and plenty of choice for warm and cold drinks, snacks and warm toasties and sandwiches. Plenty of atmosphere and great use of... More 

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Bodmin, United Kingdom
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13 reviews 13 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
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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95 reviews 95 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
709 helpful votes 709 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
13 helpful votes 13 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
17 helpful votes 17 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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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Bodmin Parkway Station | A38, Bodmin, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Cornwall  >  Bodmin

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: 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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