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Brief Encounter Refreshment Room

Carnforth Station Warton Road, Carnforth LA5 9TR, England
+44 1524 732432
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  • Excellent56%
  • Very good24%
  • Average12%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible3%
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“scones” (19 reviews)
“cake” (18 reviews)
“soup” (10 reviews)
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Cafe, British, Gluten Free Options
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Carnforth Station Warton Road, Carnforth LA5 9TR, England
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great place for Afternoon tea thinking about the history of the building. Staff are very friendly. Scones are devine

Thank ChrisWagg
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Visited for lunch. Good menu including a “specials” board. We enjoyed home made soup which was delivered to the table piping hot and of good quantity. The refreshment room is rustic ,clean , and oozes nostalgia although lived up to typical “British Rail” was a...More

Thank Paulusmc
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The refreshment room is a lovely recreation of the station buffet used in "Brief Encounter." Well worth a visit if you're in the area.

Thank 589Richard
Reviewed 13 February 2018

Best cafe in Carnforth, love the atmosphere, the memorabilia, breakfast, yummy cakes, having a natter with staff, great

Thank Gotthetravelbug59
Reviewed 31 January 2018

We had lunch at the café in Carnforth station , its nice to see a lot of the original features as see in the Brief Encounter film. The food is basic but very nice. Staff didn't seem to be around much , they kept disappearing...More

Thank Sheila K
Reviewed 25 January 2018

I don't want to dam this with faint praise.But could be so much better with very little extra effort. Needs to be warmer and more welcoming. What we had was fine, but just lacked charm. Real butter is so much better than " spread "...More

Thank Stephen A
Reviewed 14 January 2018 via mobile

I last ate in here a few years ago. The sandwiches were great, on lovely bread, packed with filling. Roll on a few years and for £6.85 you get 2 slices of cheap bland bread with a dry filling and a small garnish on the...More

Thank BikerSimon1984
Reviewed 12 December 2017

Having refused to pay £4 to park in the train station car park and found an alternative free space on the roadside, we walked into the cafe , sat down and viewed the menu as well as the specials board only to be informed by...More

Thank Elspeth O
Reviewed 6 December 2017

Popped in on a dank and dreary late afternoon in November for a sit down in the warm for a drink and slice of cake. The restoration is so good I could almost see Stanley Holloway popping his head round the door to tell us...More

Thank ShrewsburyMum
Reviewed 20 October 2017

We stopped overnight at the Royal Station hotel, just opposite, but with the history of the station, and its use in the film "Brief Encounter" as a location, we thought we'd have a look. I was expecting just a respectful blue plaque, but the buffet...More

Thank moorhousewren
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Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, Romantic
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Carnforth Station Warton Road, Carnforth LA5 9TR, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Lancashire  >  Lancaster District  >  Carnforth
  • Phone Number: +44 1524 732432
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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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