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Brief Encounter Refreshment Room

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Carnforth Station Warton Road, Carnforth LA5 9TR, England
+44 1524 732432
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Keswick, United Kingdom
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224 reviews
95 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Prices are a bit toppy but its worth the extra for the enjoyment of sitting in a very well created time warp cafe

Thank nedrow5791
Malvern, England, United Kingdom
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50 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

To die for! Lovely nostalgic feel to this classy little tea room. Spotted items from Brief Encounters in there + the tables proved a talking point, being old school lift up desks.

Thank Chezcox
Blackpool, United Kingdom
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45 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Called in for a coffee and cake. Asked for cappuccino and despite the snazzy coffee machine behind the counter that didn't look 1940's I was given a normal coffee and then asked if I wanted milk. The chocolate cake was reasonable but the two items came to over six pounds. I was going to pay contactless until told there was... More 

Thank Bluebarnabus
Southport, United Kingdom
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54 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 March 2017

First visit for a light lunch. Quite disappointed with the tuna and egg and cress sandwiches with a small salad and coleslaw, for £5.95 each. Very over priced and of the cheap supermarket quality that you would pay a pound for. Having said that the two pieces of cake we had were excellent and washed down with a nice latte... More 

Thank bethanysdad1
West Kilbride, Scotland, United Kingdom
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18 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 March 2017

Great experience ,looks just the same as in the film. Will come back for a proper visit to the centre and to watch the film

Thank Susan S
Warton, United Kingdom
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16 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 March 2017

Great little place, one not to be missed at all, inside the station and the encounter experience, if you visit Carnforth you really should not miss this at all.

Thank Tracy B
Kendal, United Kingdom
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360 reviews
152 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 February 2017

Had lunch here with friends. Must say it was 'heaving' and we struggled just after noon to get seats and were cramped on a small table.. The wait for food was lengthy and had to wait 1.5 hours whilst listening to the jazz. My meal was good but others were not so lucky with theirs. If you are not in... More 

Thank lakelover908
Arnside, United Kingdom
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11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 January 2017

It was good to see the station buildings at Carnforth given a new lease of life and the cafe was resurrected as the Brief Encounter as it was used in the film. One can pretend that one is back in the 1950s. Andrew, the manager, is very knowledgeable. He is a double for Peter Moores, the former England and Lancashire... More 

Thank David D
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 24 January 2017 via mobile

Watch out for the live jazz. Enjoy lunch (very good soup & a roll) and live music - free but donations to the High Society jazz band. Excellent service too. Lovely treat in 1940s environment.

Thank Ann S
Manchester, United Kingdom
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38 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 22 January 2017

Well prepared food in a faithfully reproduced scene from the film. Old till, tea pots chairs and tables along with coat stands. Yes you can imagine the time of the film.

Thank Rivertraveller2014

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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
Cafe, British, Gluten Free Options
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Seating, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Reservations
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids, Romantic, Cheap Eats
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Carnforth Station Warton Road, Carnforth LA5 9TR, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Lancashire  >  Carnforth
  • Phone Number: +44 1524 732432
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?