Carnforth Brief Encounters cafe sees new owners Liam Law and Andrea Wren

A CAFE named after the iconic Brief Encounters movie has reopened – with new owners and a new name.

The Carnforth Railway Station Brief Encounters heritage café reopened on Monday with new owners Liam Law and Andrea Wren taking over the business.

Named after the movie which was filmed on the platform of the station, the café is now going to be run by the two business partners.

The renamed Brief Encounter Refreshment Room Bistro and Bar, which has been fully refurbished and is now owned and managed by Liam and Andrea, who will be ably assisted by chef Jim, Faye, Amy, and Gill.

They enjoyed an opening ceremony on the weekend of September 25 where friends, family members, members of the town council and local business representatives dropped by to wish them luck.

Liam is a trained chef and was the former manager of the Martin Arms in Ingleton, while Andrea is a café manager and former Vale of Lune Rugby manager.

Andrea said that they both ‘fell in love with the quirkiness and nostalgia of the Refreshment Room and hope to combine the old with the new’.

She added: “We are delighted as local people to reopen such beautiful and quirky place which is famous for the scenes in the film Brief Encounter.

“We are looking to expand the business by opening also as a bar and opening evenings Thursday to Sunday initially for food and drinks.

“We also look forward to serving a home cooked Sunday roasts.

Liam and Andrew were born and bred in Carnforth and have always supported local causes and now hope they can rely on the support of the local and visiting population in their new venture.

Together they helped bring back the Carnforth Carnival after an absence of many years. More recently Liam and Andrea were instrumental in setting up the Covid-19 Support Group working with local community organisations that included Carnforth Town Council, Carnforth Rotary, Carnforth Salvation Army and Morecambe Food Bank.

Carnforth Mayor and Councillor Larry Branyan attended the ceremony and was there to cut the ribbon for the reopening.

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