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Brief Encounter Refreshment Room

Carnforth Station, Carnforth, England
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Ranked #10 of 35 Restaurants in Carnforth
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: Coffee Shop
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations
Description: The Visitor Centre, Carnforth Station. A film, Brief Encounter, was filmed here in 1945 and the part of the station used in the film has been refurbished and there is a museum, attracting not only film but train buffs. Visitors flock to the refreshment room where, in the film, most of the action took place.
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English first
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42 reviews 42 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2014

One abandoned looking refreshment room which did not look inviting enough to spend valuable time in.Actually it was done up pretty well--only there were no takers.

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Lancaster, United Kingdom
15 reviews 15 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

Visit Brief Encounter Cafe at Carnforth Station with my Daughter and Grandchildren regularly . The home made soup is delicious as are the scrummy cakes. DEFINATLY recommend , cheerful owner to.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

This used to be the nicest place to grab a bite to eat in carnforth ...... what has gone wrong ? Ive been a couple of times recently and have been truly disappointed i ordered soup which used to be served with freshly cooked bread and the soup was homemade and amazing but on recent visits the soup has been... More 

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Morpeth, United Kingdom
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90 reviews 90 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
100 helpful votes 100 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2014

The refreshment room really does have the flavour of an old station buffet. The dark panelling,wooden floor and counter area are a blast from the past. The little room with the coal fire is so cosy. The menu is average and quite expensive. I paid nearly £9 for two ordinary coffees and two scones. The attendant was by himself and... More 

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Preston, United Kingdom
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33 reviews 33 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014

This refreshment room is one of the best kept secrets area. In all probability better marketing would spoil the unique atmosphere and nostalgia. When visiting its the first door on the right when emerging from the platform underpass following the Heritage Centre signage. The "big boys" full English is remarkable with a choice of breads, superb beverages - the premises... More 

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014

It would appear I incorrectly associated the Brief Encounter Refreshment Room with the visitors centre at Carnforth Station following my visit on Sunday. The visitors centre is indeed a gem and my little 4 year old loves to visit regularly. My point was the shocking bacon that was served up to me on Sunday, I like my bacon crispy but... More 

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Ashford, United Kingdom
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014

Have visited the station and refreshment room before, as a couple had the ham, cheese , tomato toasted sandwich and beef/ horseradish sandwich, both extremely good, lovely coleslaw and salad with both. Owner a delight to talk to, very friendly. Will be back, when we are again in this area.

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Swindon, United Kingdom
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22 reviews 22 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

On holiday in the area so called in for lunch whilst visiting the Heritage Centre. Was hoping for a. Sunday Roast (as had seen this mentioned online) however was told that due to the Model Railway Exhibition being held that Sunday it was too busy to serve a roast meal. Decided on toasted sandwiches and tea instead. Both fine and... More 

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Preston, United Kingdom
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358 reviews 358 reviews
153 restaurant reviews
178 helpful votes 178 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

Enjoyed a basic lunch here. Service OK. Nice atmosphere but the big attraction is the free museum. It is well set out with a huge number of railway memorabilia, and of course a permanently showing of Brief Encounter. Parking is Pay and Display in the station forecourt and there is a long ramp to get under the main line to... More 

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Lancaster, United Kingdom
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117 reviews 117 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

Very expensive and only very Average not worth the money AT ALL. Spend your money else where in carnforth not great

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Address: Carnforth Station, Carnforth, England
Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Lancashire  >  Carnforth
Cuisine: Coffee Shop

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