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Brief Encounter Refreshment Room

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Carnforth Station, Carnforth, England
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Dining options: Coffee & Tea, Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, 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
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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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Bury, England, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015 NEW

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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015 NEW

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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
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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Plymouth, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015

We came across this restaurant while visiting the Carnforth Heritage Centre, it made a lovely end to the experience. Staff were friendly and helpful. Menu varied. Definitely worth a visit - especially if you are visiting the railway museum.

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England, UK
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

The food was 10 out of 10 and didn't take long to be served however the queue to order and pay was lengthy as there was one assistant who was rushed off his feet taking orders, payment and providing cutlery/crockery for the orders. The rooms are nice with the artwork on the walls. Maybe they were short staffed the day... More 

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Cumbria
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2015

If you are into films you will be into the Carnforth Station cafe. Scene of the famous Brief Encounter, the tea room has been restored as to how it was in the film. They sell the usual range of tea room food and there is an interesting museum attached.

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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015

If you plan on visiting the Carnorth Station Heritage Centre, the Refreshment room is a must see. Freshly baked scones and cakes which are baked in house, bit pricey, but well worth it - they're massive The room itself

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 167 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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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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Address: Carnforth Station, Carnforth, England
Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Lancashire  >  Carnforth
Cuisine: Coffee Shop

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

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  • 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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