Brid railway cafe makes good pub guide

John Sadler behind the bar at the Station Buffet at Bridlington Railway Station. (PA1319-2b)

John Sadler behind the bar at the Station Buffet at Bridlington Railway Station. (PA1319-2b)

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Bridlington railway station buffet and bar is listed among 270 of the country’s real heritage pubs in a new CAMRA heritage pubs book.

Out this month the Campaign for Real Ale’s Pub Heritage group feature pubs and bars it calls “national treasures” untouched by time.

Visitors often say Bridlington buffett, already famous for award-winning floral displays, reminds them of the famous railway station scenes between Trevor Howard and Celia Johnson in the 1945 film ‘Brief Encounter’.

It was opened in 1912 and the station itself is now a Grade II listed building. For the past 12 years the buffett and its original fixtures and fittings have been restored and cared for by owner John Sadler. “Nothing has really changed for almost 100 years apart from the gas lighting is now electric and the coal fires are gas. It is one of only two original statioin buffets, the other being at Staley Bridge on the Huddersfield Pennine line,” he said. Helping create the time warp are countless railway memorabilia items, the original mahogany fittings, even heavily embossed “Lincrusta” period wallpaper. CAMRA’s new book is now in bookshops or online at www.camra.org.uk/shop