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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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Kendal, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

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
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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
Grange-over-Sands, United Kingdom
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11 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2016

My friend and I have a brief encounter every year, We love the forties music, the authenticity, and the friendly service. The High Soceity Jazz band are crowd pullers and Grange U3A special Jazz evening with pie and pies Supper which is a sell out!

Thank SandsBandit
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13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 November 2016 via mobile

Was a interesting visit and something different to do what ever age you are Give it a go And the cafe is very good 😊

Thank Jason D
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253 reviews
134 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 November 2016 via mobile

The cafe has a lot of character to it and I had a great chip sandwich using homemade chips for £2.95 for lunch. However, it is a little expensive.

Thank Mossman19
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016

The ambience of this cafe is really very special, you can even sit in the Station Masters Office imagining how it was in 1944 when the war raged on and David Lean, Celia Johnston and Trevor Howard sat in the exact same room between takes warming themselves in front of the fire. rumour has it even Noel Coward ventured from... More 

Thank John T
Hemel Hempstead
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2016

I popped in here for a late lunch having been working in the Carnforth railway depot. Nice food, reasonably priced, with freindly service.

Thank JohnT-Hemel
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109 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2016 via mobile

Goes with a trip to the Heritage Centre as a place to visit for fans of 'Brief Encounter' and in many ways looks like the scenes from the famous film still with old luggage trolleys outside and a vintage tea urn and till.Food is homemade and mainly light meals and cakes. Worth a visit while seeing the attached Heritage Centre,... More 

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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
Lunch, Brunch, Breakfast
Restaurant features
Seating, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Reservations
Good for
Cheap Eats, Romantic, Kids, Child-friendly
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?