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Introduction

Situated on Bridlington Railway Station, The Station Buffet and Refreshment Rooms was opened in 1912 when the station was expanded to cope with the increasing use of the railways.
Now privately run and fully licensed, still with most of the original fixtures and architectural features. Although the gas lighting has long been changed to electric, and the coal fires converted to gas.
The Station is now grade II listed and again retains the style and architecture of the period, unfortunately before listing platforms 1-4 were demolished along with all traces of the steam-age (water towers etc.). The old Goods shed is now retail premises and the goods yard has become a Tesco's.

 

The Buffet

Serving a variety of beverages and food, to eat in or take out for your journey, and a licensed bar serving a variety of alcoholic drinks including hand pulled Real Ales
The Station Buffet is renowned for the display of flowers which fill the station with colour in the summer. The bar is filled with railwayana and the cafe has a fine display of old bottles, teapots, and more general memorabilia.
We are noted for our specialty coffees and our Hot Chocolate is a favorite.
We are open all year, the only exception is when the station complex is closed. We have wheelchair access and are disable friendly.
Regular events are held at the Buffet including talks and presentations covering all aspects of the railway industry and associated topics.

The comment that is used by new visitors usually is "it's just like 'Brief Encounters' in here".

 

 

The Bar

The main Bar entrance is from the concourse. The bar was the 'First Class' section of the Buffet, offering both alchoholic and non-alchoholic drinks and food to the traveller, seperatd from the cafe by a door. It now offers a selection of up to 4 hand pulled real ales along with draught beers and lagers, plus a selection of bottled ales. Branded spirits and wine is also available.
Food is served at all times, also both hot and cold soft drinks. There are also tables on the concourse where food and beverages can be consummed.
The bar with its original mahogany fittings, marbled topped and terrazo floor is full of various items of railwayana from all over the world, plenty to look at and bring back memories.

The Cafe

The main Cafe entrance is from the car park. the cafe was the 'Third Class' section of the Buffet, offering non-alchoholic drinks and food to the traveller, seperatd from the bar by a door.
It offers a selection of food from snacks to full meals and a good selection of teas, coffe and soft drinks to be consumed on or off the premises.
Again with its original mahogany fittings, marbled topped and terrazo floor is full of various items of more general memorabilia from all over the world, plenty to look at and bring back memories. It has a large collection of teapots and old bottles.

The Station

The Station is operated by Northern Rail which is the largest rail franchise in the United Kingdom, they took over from Arriva in December 2004. It is a manned station with booking and ticket office. There are three main platforms used by the Public. The Station is on The Yorkshire Coast Line and the line runs from Hull in the south to Scarborough in the north.
The Line is covered by the Yorkshire Coast Community Partnership (YCCRP) which aims to promote and improve travel for rail users mainly on the Yorkshire Coast Line but also nationally. Working within the local community it promotes events at stations along the line, publicizes travel and raises funds for various local charities.
The station is a explosion of colour in the summer months with an award winning display of over 3,000 plants, it has got to be one of the most photographed stations in the World.

Bridlington

A classic North of England tourist resort with two award winning beaches, a charming Old Town and a bustling harbour. Stroll along the promenade and you will find many amusements and shops as well as a fun fair. As you continue through the town, you cannot help but be impressed by the beautiful floral displays, skilfully tended by green-fingered enthusiasts. The resort is renowned for its many and varied water sports from wind-surfing to scuba diving.If the weather is inclement fear not, as 'Leisure World' provides indoor aquatic entertainment for all the family.
Close to 'Brid', Sewerby Hall, Park and Museum is noted for its exotic flora and fauna. The museum includes a celebration of the life of pioneering female aviator, Amy Johnson, who set a record flying solo from London to Darwin. Children will also enjoy the small zoo with its interesting collection of animals such as llamas and wallabies; and there are various gardens within the park including an 'Old English' and a 'Fragrant Garden'. A land train operates between Sewerby and Brid.
Musical extravaganzas are a regular occurence within the Spa theatre. Bridlington boasts a notable shopping complex with lots of cafes and restaurants.
The Park Rose Pottery and Leisure complex has a gift shop where you can buy the finished product and is set in twelve acres of parkland which includes an owl sanctuary.
The East Coast is a fascinating shoreline with many quieter towns and villages such as Filey, with a beach ideal for making sand castles and playing ball games; and Hunmanby Gap which has a lovely beach and a small shop where you can purchase the necessary ice-creams.
Bempton Cliffs are close by and home to the R.S.P.B. bird sanctuary; people flock here to observe rare and unusual birds such as guillemots,puffins and fulmars nesting in the cliffs from April to early July.
Flamborough Head, with its outcrop of rocks stretching into the sea, has two lighthouses, one of which is open to the public. For a different perspective of the rugged and dramatic coastline take a boat trip to Flamborough Head from Bridlington harbour but remember to wrap up as it can be chilly on the sea.

 

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