The Brief Encounter Refreshment Room At Carnforth Station
THE REFRESHMENT Room

The Refreshment Room © 2009-2018 All rights reserved.

The Refreshment Room  franchise at Carnforth Station is owned and managed by Andrew and Helen Coates.  It is known most famously known by film buffs from the role that it played in the 1945 David Lean film “Brief Encounter” that starred Trevor Howard and Celia Johnson with a supporting role played by Stanley Holloway.  


In the film, the station is referred to as Milford Junction, but the the actual location was Carnforth Station.  The Refreshment Room has been faithfully restored to its 1940’s period glory and offers a superb range of home made food, licensed bar and top quality hot beverages. Throughout the year a varied programme of entertainment and special events are scheduled.



The Refreshment Room  is open daily from 9am - 4pm, although the full menu table service is only available Tuesday through to Saturday until further notice.

We only close for the Christmas and New Year holidays. All meals are also available for takeaway.


Private functions can be accommodated outside

of normal opening hours by arrangement.

The Refreshment Room is located adjacent to The Heritage Centre at Carnforth Station on Platform 1.  Carnforth Station ceased to be a main line station in 1970 prior to electrification of the line, and fell into disrepair.  

Following completion of a 3 year, £1.5 million renovation project the Heritage Centre and Refreshment Room opened in October 2003.

Andrew Coates - Proprietor of the Refreshement Room at Carnforth Station

Please note that until further notice no hot food will be available on Sunday and Mondays.

Next Event:  Friday 17 August 2018
High Society Jazz Band 12.30pm-2.30pm

Andrew Coates pictured with the period 1940’s style water boiler.