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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.

Unique Business Opportunity:

After 13 years, Andrew and Helen have taken the decision to move on and as such, the Refreshment Room will not reopen under their management. They would like to thank all of their customers for their business.

A unique opportunity now exists for the purchase of the franchise. Please address all enquires to business transfer agent, Alan J Picken at

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

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