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Brief Encounter Refreshment Room

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Coffee Shop
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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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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Nice

I stopped in here while waiting for a train I had a toastie which was nice. The staff were polite and helpful. The food is a bit pricey but it's nice to sit somewhere a bit different and pass the time.

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 15, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015 NEW

I stopped in here while waiting for a train I had a toastie which was nice. The staff were polite and helpful. The food is a bit pricey but it's nice to sit somewhere a bit different and pass the time.

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Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
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92 restaurant reviews
148 helpful votes 148 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

The Brief Encounter Refreshment Room is designed to look like the one in the film of Brief Encounter, which was substantially shot on location here. It's adjacent to the Heritage Centre, so can be visited without purchasing anything, but is recommended for a pot of tea (made with real tea leaves - no tea bags here!) and a cake or... More 

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3 reviews 3 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

We had a nice stroll down the cannel to Carnforth train station from Bolton Le Sands. Didn't know about the musesm and shop part was a nice suprise.

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Preston
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43 restaurant reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2015

Had two coffees - from a machine and ok, I guess. Nothing special, Wife had date cake - very nice. I went for savoury option - cinnamon toast. The menu announced 'homemade bread' with cinnamon butter. Sounds good, eh? I got a cold piece of cheap thin Asda bread with margarine scraped on - when it had been hot, and... More 

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Lancaster, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

Brought my in-laws here to see the visitors centre and decided to get some lunch whilst we were here. It was the first time for all. On entering the refreshment room we found a table but there were no menus etc so we waited thinking it must be table service. After a good few minutes we decided no one was... More 

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Lockerbie, United Kingdom
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28 reviews 28 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2015

This is the 2nd time we have had the immense pleasure of enjoying this little hidden gem. The first time was last year on our 1st anniversary the 2nd was this week. We was made to feel so welcome. The feel of the place is quite remarkable, and very nostalgic. Andrew the owner has gone to so much trouble to... More 

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Great Yarmouth, United Kingdom
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39 reviews 39 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015

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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117 reviews 117 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
129 helpful votes 129 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015

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
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015

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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31 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015

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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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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