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Brief Encounter Refreshment Room

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Carnforth Station, Carnforth, England
01524732432
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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
Lovely Food and Drink

We came to Carnforth for a bit of a mooch and were very pleasantly surprised to come across this refreshment room (not all of us knew that A Brief Encounter was filmed here) and what a lovely surprise it was! The food is freshly made, the soup was pronounced delicious, the homemade coleslaw was... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 5, 2015
Eileen H
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Bury, England, United Kingdom
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Blackpool, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW via mobile

Have been to the heritage centre a few times and it's a great place to visit with interesting buildings and film of Brief Encounter and the tea room is just like it was but we had drinks there last time abd found it expensive and a no no is that there was no prices on the menu

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Cardiff
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

First thing to note is everything shuts at 4. I got there at 3.45, I had not checked and so it was my fault. The manager mentioned they did a breakfast so I decided to go early the next day for 9 and have breakfast before the 'Brief encounter' next door. Got there at 9.15 the next day having decided... More 

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Grange-over-Sands, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

Had a quick stop off in here for tea and found it rather standard tea was nothing special and very few cake choices and over priced

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

We have been to the Refreshment Room on a number of occasions over the last few years and have found it to be particularly welcoming in winter, where it provides a wonderfully vintage haven from the cold. We are vegetarian and always find the veggie sausage buns to be tasty and pretty good value. My only gripe is that the... More 

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Norfolk
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2015

Visited the Brief Encounter station tearoom at Carnforth Station this week. Very nostalgic but dull. Tea and coffee very weak and flavourless and overpriced. I felt so disappointed with the drinks, both the price paid and the poor quality that I decided not to make my usual voluntary contribution to museums such as this. I would advise that a contribution... More 

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Oxford, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

We visited in May and although we found the museum and station interesting and well presented, we were disappointed with our lunch in the tea room. The refreshment room itself is very nostalgic and of its period but the food was poor. The bread was not home made as advertised and the cheese poor, although my husband enjoyed his sausage.... More 

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Carnforth, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

I have visited the Carnforth Heritage centre several times but never went to the Brief Encounter Refreshment Room until a few days ago. I found it to be a pleasant experience, good food, great selection on the menu and all freshly cooked. I really enjoyed the carrot and ginger soup with home made bread, it was delicious. After eating in... More 

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Bury, England, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015

We came to Carnforth for a bit of a mooch and were very pleasantly surprised to come across this refreshment room (not all of us knew that A Brief Encounter was filmed here) and what a lovely surprise it was! The food is freshly made, the soup was pronounced delicious, the homemade coleslaw was lovely, and the trifle was a... More 

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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015

This refreshment has been fully restored by the people in Carnforth, it's very famous for being featured in the film A Brief Encounter, hence the name, The prices are not expensive and everything is cooked on site, the cakes are home made and a good selection, When you go in there you feel as though you have travelled back in... More 

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Heysham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015

Worth a visit just for the nostalgia. We enjoyed excellent coffee served in historic surroundings. It just lacked the smell of steam trains. Whilst there spend an hour or so in the heritage centre, It's free just make a donation.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Carnforth Station, Carnforth, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Lancashire  >  Carnforth
  • Phone Number: 01524732432

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  • Cuisine: Cafe

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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