Knowing my penchant for a good railway, our friends brought us to this temple of steam for lunch. Just looking at the building told me that we were in for a treat, there was something truly authentic (not really surprising as it had been a Union Passenger Station) and not just a plastic tourist mish-mash trap. I had left my anorak at home but this did not prevent my keen railway eye surveying the room in a hyper critical manner. This place ticked all the boxes, our friends had not wasted their time!
The interior was superb, a busy drone of happy customers, great staff getting round efficiently and quickly with a ready smile for everyone. Our seat allowed a commanding view of the entire room and it was self evident that these were very happy punters. An extensive menu of American food at very fair prices and a good selection of drinks, n.b. this is not fine dining but damned good food, plenty of it, served hot with flavour and a smile.
I can't remember all of our selections, but all four of us were more than happy and the piece of fish with the chips (fries) was more of a young whale, enormous! A selection of drinks were taken but sadly I was driving so had to behave but a good range of non-alcoholic drinks compensated. A couple of desserts were taken by the more adventurous members and there were no disappointments.
Special reference must be made to the Gents toilet, admittedly only a single person facility, but what a facility, bigger than many lounges! Those were the days of railway opulence.
The room is full of memorabilia and a few souvenirs are available but not "pushed" in your face. Again I did not have time to lean on the bar but it looked interesting. Finally I can report there were trains of all types passing by, never to fast though, perhaps they were thinking of stopping? they would not have been disappointed.
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