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“Food with Nostalgia”

Brief Encounter Refreshment Room
Ranked #2 of 2 Coffee & Tea in Carnforth
Certificate of Excellence
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Dining options: Breakfast, Reservations
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.
Barrow-in-Furness, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
152 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
“Food with Nostalgia”
Reviewed July 19, 2013

Carnforth Station is great to visit with its exhibition centre and specialist shops. The Refreshment Room is the icing on the cake. There is a wide menu and the food, especially breakfast, is superb and excellent value. The proprietors and staff are friendly and very efficient. Many repeat visits are on my agenda.

  • Visited July 2013
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Thank skinnydipper884
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Worthing, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
147 reviews
110 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
“Unbelievable Station Facility”
Reviewed July 8, 2013

Carnforth Station is special. Firstly it has a superb exhibition centre featuring the 40s film Brief Encounter! It was filmed at the station. And secondly the food. Breakfasts, Lunches and Cakes are all superb and excellent value. Well worth a visit.

  • Visited July 2013
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1 Thank Terry B
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Leicester, United Kingdom
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“You wont leave hungry”
Reviewed July 2, 2013

Great grub, also suitable for veggies too. Even has a piano, and occasionally have a lunch-time jazz band.

Visited April 2013
Thank nicam49
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Level 3 Contributor
13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“A must for all cake fans”
Reviewed June 25, 2013

We had afternoon tea for 3 and it was very reasonable and excellent. Good sized pot of loose leaf tea and sandwiches made with fresh baked bread. The cake was homemade and served in a good portion. We had lemon drizzle bakewell tart and something else that my daughter wolfed before we decided what it was.The scones were lovely and light and served with jam and butter. I would have happily paid more if there had been fresh strawberries and whipped cream included. The staff were friendly and helpful and we were allowed to bring our dog in if we sat in the middle seating area, there was a kids area with toys and colouring a big hit with our 3 year old. The decor was charming and nostalgic.

Visited June 2013
Thank Amy M
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north lancashire
Level 3 Contributor
14 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Quirky setting, great food”
Reviewed June 8, 2013

It was a sunny weekday lunchtime and the refreshment room wasn't very busy so we had a choice of tables. There were various delicious-looking cakes on display in an old fashioned glass cabinet on the counter, and several specials were chalked up on the board.
We decided to have sandwiches, only to find when they arrived that a Brief Encounter sandwich is a major undertaking! A vast plate with a sandwich of beautiful bread, made in the neighbouring bakery, with a very generous filling...also green salad and home made coleslaw. I was defeated by the sheer size of the serving and therefore missed out on having cake or pudding, though I know from previous visits that the cakes and scones are excellent. Coffee here is also always very good, as is the tea which is loose leaf. The restaurant is clean, welcoming and altogether a great place for afternoon tea, bacon bun or lunch although the sandwiches might be a challenge for anyone with a small appetite! I would really recommend a visit.

  • Visited June 2013
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1 Thank msb5262
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