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Brief Encounter Refreshment Room

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Carnforth Station Warton Road, Carnforth LA5 9TR, England
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Howden, United Kingdom
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143 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Had lunch here today and it was both lovely and great value. Really lovely setting and took you back to the 1940s. Nice little menu with some popular classics and great range of cakes. Manageress was very friendly and we really enjoyed our time here.

Thank kenmlove
Colne, United Kingdom
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10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My Mum and I spent the day at Carnforth and the Brief Encounter heritage centre and what a truly lovely day we had. The refreshment rooms were lovely and very welcoming, with lovely homemade food, and real tea!!! The cakes are divine 😊😊💕 we will definitely visit again 😊💕💞💜💜 many thanks for a wonderful day x

Thank Caroline S
Lancashire, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We reserved the venue for a private event to celebrate a wedding anniversary and it was amazing. The group had some difficult dietary needs, including gluten free and dairy free foods, and the support from the staff was amazing. The level of attention to the dietary needs was exemplary and the closest experience I have had anywhere else was in... More 

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Lancaster, United Kingdom
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181 reviews
92 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My daughter loves visiting the station and having lunch in the cafe and we always receive a warm welcome. On this visit they were having trouble with their electronic tills but this did not stop the cafe from functioning but they went back to the old fashioned method of writing things down and taking it on foot to the kitchen,... More 

Thank kaff_12
Taunton, United Kingdom
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26 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 17, 2016

On arrival, our friend who is has a mobility scooter, found everyone very helpful & accommodating in finding a suitable table where he wouldn't cause obstruction. We did not have a full meal, however the scones & tea were excellent, a little on the down side, we found on trying to park only a few disabled spaces & it was... More 

Thank aginghippys
Liverpool, United Kingdom
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98 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 16, 2016

The refreshment room as well as being the room as per Brief Encounter is a bit of nostalgia as to what British Rail refreshment rooms used to look like. We chose to have two cups of coffee (not tea) and shared a scone which meant the brief visit was very cheap. There was some old fashioned trolleys with cases to... More 

Thank ed w
Wirral, United Kingdom
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23 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 15, 2016

I loved this little station and the refreshment room was really fabulous - the only thing missing was the smoke from the trains and probably the smoke from other patrons back in the day. The cup of tea was really good but I think this owes something to the water. The exhibitions and films are interesting and the little shop... More 

Thank chrissie1605
Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 15, 2016

We visit the Brief Encounter experience every time we stay in Silverdale (stocking up on tea-towels and mugs). Try the home-made soups for lunch.

Thank Mo A
Croydon, United Kingdom
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23 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 11, 2016

This is most certainly not a railways refreshment room like others on the railway network! For a start it is in an interesting building - modelled on the refreshment room featuring in the 1945 film Brief Encounter. Many of the food items are prepared on site to 1960s menus. We had excellent sandwiches - and were sorely tempted by the... More 

Thank Selsdonian2
Charlbury, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 4, 2016 via mobile

Its a serene spot; hotchpotch of exhibits that are wonderful to pick through and a lunchtime snack as far removed from Costa/Starbucks as is possible! A lovely visit seems a shame to go back out into the 21st century...

Thank Philip P

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
British, Cafe
Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch
Restaurant features
Seating, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Reservations
Good for
Dining on a budget, Kids, 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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?