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Bodmin Parkway Station | A38, Bodmin, England
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Dining options: Breakfast, Seating, Takeout
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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  • 17
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  • 4
    Very good
  • 2
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  • 0
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  • 1
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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
From small beginnings

My brother Nigel Bennett started the Signal Box Cafe back in the 1980's shortly after it closed as a working signal box 30th May 1985. He ran Parkway Taxis and his wife Lorna ran the Cafe. When my brother and his wife retired, Bodmin & Wenford Railway negotiated with the railway company and it... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed October 30, 2015
BonniedaWestie
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St Austell, United Kingdom
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St Austell, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2015

My brother Nigel Bennett started the Signal Box Cafe back in the 1980's shortly after it closed as a working signal box 30th May 1985. He ran Parkway Taxis and his wife Lorna ran the Cafe. When my brother and his wife retired, Bodmin & Wenford Railway negotiated with the railway company and it over and still run it today.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 via mobile

Great service, big breakfasts, at sensible prices and good location. This cafe is not in the town, it's at the train station but it's definitly worth the 5 minute drive. It's also nice watching the trains go by whilst eating. Very impressed with this little cafe!!

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1 Thank heididupont
Wadebridge, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

My partner and I stopped here for breakfast, whilst waiting for our train to arrive.. I had a bacon and egg bap and my partner had a full English breakfast. The portions were big and were great value for money. It's lovely to watch the trains passing by whilst having a scrummy breakfast... We will definitely return. Five stars all... More 

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Thank Chloe B
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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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1 Thank Noseyroseyposey
Bodmin, United Kingdom
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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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1 Thank Pat I
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014 via mobile

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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1 Thank Martin W
Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014 via mobile

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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1 Thank SuaSwe
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26 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014 via mobile

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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1 Thank Sam B
Wigan, United Kingdom
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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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1 Thank Christopher G
Bodmin, United Kingdom
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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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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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