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Brief Encounter Refreshment Room

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Carnforth Station Warton Road, Carnforth LA5 9TR, England
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Durham, United Kingdom
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115 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A fascinating visit staffed by those with excellent knowledge of the history of Carnforth and Brief Encounter as well as railways in general . It is a very friendly tea room with a wide choice of food and drinks available .Adjacent to the tea room there is a shop selling all things railway as well as the museum . It... More 

Thank Barbara S
Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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203 reviews
90 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 420 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This refreshment room was the mainstay of the iconic film Brief Encounter and there the good points end. Today it is privately owned and totally separate from the Heritage Centre. It is dingy in appearance and this is matched by the surly chef, whose demeanour gives the impression that he can't be bothered and doesn't actually want to be there.... More 

2 Thank holidaymanWashington
Bewdley, United Kingdom
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25 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A very nostalgic place to have food and drink. Plenty of choice and good service. You can even sit outside relax and watch the trains go by while you eat.

1 Thank Christine T
North West England, United Kingdom
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10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2016 via mobile

We visited the station this week to take in the heritage centre and the brief encounter "experience". It was like stepping back in time, really fascinating and friendly staff, finished off with a lovely tea and cake in the refreshment room. Really good quality and although they were about to close there was no hurry by the staff even when... More 

1 Thank andycarr1971
Wolverhampton, United Kingdom
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51 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2016

We called in just to have a pot of tea in this iconic refreshment room and we weren't disappointed. We were served 'proper' tea in a pot with a strainer. I also had a shortbread biscuit which melted in the mouth and was a perfect complement to the tea. Hope to visit again and take in the heritage centre next... More 

1 Thank Helen S
Leeds, United Kingdom
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140 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2016 via mobile

..we are so upset..arriving at 15.45 to find them closed - even though it said 16.00..my brother had cycled from Gretna as part of his Jogle challenge..I had planned the route and this stop..this is pathetic..I even paid the £3 parking charge!..

1 Thank rossmagpie
Preston, United Kingdom
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66 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2016

Having previously enjoyed a full English experience in the Refreshment Room we didn't hesitate to make the 30 mile journey to join family for a revisit. It wasn't as good as last time - it was better. The service was friendly and efficient - the food excellent and freshly cooked- faultless. One very nice touch is the fact that the... More 

Thank Edward R
Bridlington, United Kingdom
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162 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2016

A well furnished tea room with lots of character. Tea served in a large tea pot with tea strainer and cups. The cakes were wonderful. Brilliant service and interesting conversation to be had. There is a second room behind the counter but the best seats are at the front. The tea rooms connect to the heritage center. There is a... More 

Thank Brian440
Carnforth, United Kingdom
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12 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2016

the café was lovely and clean but had to look for someone to serve us we ordered an ordinary breakfast and a large one as we have had breakfast previously last year and it was excellent before but not this time the bacon was mainly fat and the sausage looked raw on one side, the mushrooms were tinned ones which... More 

Thank shelleyb66
Liverpool, United Kingdom
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16 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2016

A great setting, it is the place chosen by our grandchildren to eat every time we visit. We have as much enjoyment watching the trains go by as the children. Staff very friendly food always very tasty, unfortunately always to full up to try one of the delicious cakes. They even serve old fashioned tea, in a teapot with tealeaf... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Cafe, British
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Reservations, Waitstaff
Good for
Dining on a budget, Families with children
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Carnforth Station Warton Road, Carnforth LA5 9TR, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Lancashire  >  Carnforth
  • Phone Number: 01524732432
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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