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Brief Encounter Refreshment Room

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Carnforth Station, Carnforth, England
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations
Description: The Visitor Centre, Carnforth Station. A film, Brief Encounter, was...
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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  • 13
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Fab food.

Only had cake and tea... But all home baked and absolutely divine. Thankfully we live far from here otherwise my waistline would tell the story for me!

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 4, 2015
Lelly_12
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Great Yarmouth, United Kingdom
Good for:
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Reservations
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English first
Great Yarmouth, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
39 reviews 39 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015 NEW

Only had cake and tea... But all home baked and absolutely divine. Thankfully we live far from here otherwise my waistline would tell the story for me!

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West Midlands, United Kingdom
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98 reviews 98 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
114 helpful votes 114 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015 NEW

Continuing the film theme,The proprietor would be a man that I would cast in a film as a police station desk sergeant! We couldn't help feeling we had inconvenienced him by calling in for the over priced greasy spoon type breakfast. When I was asked, "where do we order breakfast please?" I was met with a curt, " over here".... More 

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Liverpool, United Kingdom
1 review
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 NEW

Visited on a day trip but sadly had to wait an hour for a tea cake, they were very busy but I think they forgot our order, had to remind them and then is came. We visit Carnforth regularly but will rethink the cafe now if they are busy

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Lancaster, United Kingdom
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50 reviews 50 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW

What a lovely place this is! Sat inside surrounded by the old classic features is very nice. It's has a great look of nostalgia to it. The food was very nice to, would recommend checking it out.

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Halifax, United Kingdom
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140 reviews 140 reviews
100 restaurant reviews
97 helpful votes 97 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

A lot of work has gone into making the tea room suitably 1940s, to reflect the Brief Encounter film link. The decor and furniture were suitably old-fashioned, the serving counter and stove appeared to be authentic and there were other touches such as a wind up gramophone and lots of original luggage. However, there was an up to date coffee... More 

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Morecambe
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19 reviews 19 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

I went here with a friend about a month ago. We had coffees and cakes, the weather was chilly but inside the atmosphere was warm and cosy. The coffee was good and themillionaires shortcake was to die for! When the trains thundered by the room shook with a grumbling rumble and somehow you felt transported back in time. It was... More 

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Lancaster, England, United Kingdom
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28 reviews 28 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2015

We had asked to Andy and his staff to make the food for our eldest daughter's birthday a couple of years before. So when it came or a venue for our youngest daughter's Christening we had to go here. The staff were more than accommodating. The food was excellent and Ive eaten in 2 star Michellin places. Everyone commented on... More 

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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68 reviews 68 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

Coffee & cakes in front of a log fire! Great! Plus the trains thundering past on the West Coast Line.

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17 reviews 17 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015 via mobile

2nd visit to Brief Encounter. Lovely food, reasonably priced. Nice log fires lit, lovely little atmosphere. Definately recommended

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lucknow
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42 reviews 42 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 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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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Carnforth Station, Carnforth, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Lancashire  >  Carnforth

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Coffee Shop

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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