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The Old Station | Wagon Way Road, Alnwick, England (Formerly Station Buffet)
+44 1665 604888
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9:00 am - 7:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast
Description: Open every day except Christmas Day, 9:30-17:00. (Last orders for hot...
Open every day except Christmas Day, 9:30-17:00. (Last orders for hot food, 16:00 Winter; 16:30 Summer) The Station Buffet is owned and operated by Barter Books - one of the largest secondhand bookshops in Britain and the home of the famous Keep Calm and Carry On poster. The inviting ambiance includes an open fire in three of the rooms, while the menu specializes in the owners' own preference for comfort food at its best - all of which is home-made, using local produce whenever possible. This ranges from soups to bacon sandwiches to Northumbrian rarebit to baked goods to die for! Also on offer: barista coffee, teas, hot chocolate - and, yes, wine, too!
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  • 68
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  • 40
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  • 5
    Average
  • 2
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  • 1
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
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What an unusual place, nice food and drink and something I was not expecting to see in the shop. The renovation of the station has been done to an exceptional standard with many of the original features in place, it was a cold and wet day when we visited and the two roaring coal fires were... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed January 12, 2015
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  • Local cuisine
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Wakefield
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

What an unusual place, nice food and drink and something I was not expecting to see in the shop. The renovation of the station has been done to an exceptional standard with many of the original features in place, it was a cold and wet day when we visited and the two roaring coal fires were extremely welcome along with... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

We visited last week with 4 generations of our family. We found on this occasion as with previous visits, something for everyone from model trains to books for all ages and interests. We ate in the Station Buffet where we experienced excellent service with a smile. Food was unique, high quality and more than adequate portion size. A must visit... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

We went to Barter Books on New Year's day, although had often had coffee and sandwiches at the Station Buffet. Our experiences there have always been good, but this time I was pleasantly surprised to discover that they do takeaway coffee and cakes (in brilliantly designed little boxes), and that the barista does decaf coffee in any form! Not something... More 

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West Yorkshire
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59 restaurant reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

What a pleasant surprise. Called to look at books and came across the station buffet. Got a table next to the fire and ordered burgers, soup of the day and a ham and cheese toastie. Beautiful, lots of really good home cooked food, very filling and left feeling absolutely stuffed. Well worth a visit, and picked up some books for... More 

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North West England
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121 reviews 121 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
151 helpful votes 151 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

Had a great coffee, hot and tasty and also 2 of the best cheese scones around, warm and tasty with plenty of butter not a couple of scraps called butter pats. ALL the food we saw being served looked impressive thoroughly recommended

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Morpeth, United Kingdom
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12 reviews 12 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2014

have got to try just for the setting but the food is good too. a cafe type of set up as in an old railway station. staff friendly enough

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Northumberland National Park, United Kingdom
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16 reviews 16 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2014

A blast from the past , lots of rare and not so rare books. if your looking for a book or just a peaceful sit by the fireside, in one of the many waiting rooms ( old railway station) this is the place for you . The smell of dusty books mixing with the aroma of coffee and cakes ,... More 

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Co Durham
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118 reviews 118 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

On a recent visit to the bookstore, had a break from the book hunting to visit the cafe. We chose one of the waiting rooms to have our treat. Who could not enjoy sitting in front of a blazing coal fire on a cold December day? I just adore this place, everything about it. The tea and scones were gorgeous,... More 

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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34 reviews 34 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

If being the most wonderful book shop wasn't enough for Barter Books they have topped it by also providing a excellent cafe. Whether you choose to dit in the main cafe are a or the Waiting room with it's welcoming cold fire you won't be disappointed with either the food or the service. It's so relaxing to select your books... More 

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Stirling, United Kingdom
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49 reviews 49 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

Whilst staying in Alnwick decided to have a second visit to the superb Barter books, visited the cafe for a bite to eat. The buffet was busy but finding a comfy seat, we went on to enjoy tea and a very nice slice of coconut cake. All served in the wonderfully restored station, warm coal fires and reasonable prices and... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: The Old Station | Wagon Way Road, Alnwick, England (Formerly Station Buffet)
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Northumberland  >  Alnwick
  • Phone Number: +44 1665 604888

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 2 - 14
  • Cuisine: Coffee Shop

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Local cuisine

Description

Open every day except Christmas Day, 9:30-17:00. (Last orders for hot food, 16:00 Winter; 16:30 Summer) The Station Buffet is owned and operated by Barter Books - one of the largest secondhand bookshops in Britain and the home of the famous Keep Calm and Carry On poster. The inviting ambiance includes an open fire in three of the rooms, while the menu specializes in the owners' own preference for comfort food at its best - all of which is home-made, using local produce whenever possible. This ranges from soups to bacon sandwiches to Northumbrian rarebit to baked goods to die for! Also on offer: barista coffee, teas, hot chocolate - and, yes, wine, too!
Open Hours
Sunday
9:00 am - 7:00 pm
Monday
9:00 am - 7:00 pm
Tuesday
9:00 am - 7:00 pm
Wednesday
9:00 am - 7:00 pm
Thursday
9:00 am - 7:00 pm
Friday
9:00 am - 7:00 pm
Saturday
9:00 am - 7:00 pm

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