Brief Encounter Coffee Shop & Restaurant, The Old Station, CA10 1NB

Brief Encounter Coffee Shop & Restaurant, The Old Station, CA10 1NB


  • An attractive coffee shop and restaurant set in a beautiful converted old railway station
  • Situated on the famous Settle-Carlisle line
  • Adjoining gift shop, storage building, dedicated car parking and set within approximately 1.01 acres of land.


The Brief Encounter Coffee Shop & Restaurant is located in the peaceful village of Langwathby in the Eden Valley, circa 5 miles north east of Penrith. Langwathby is a small village popular with walkers and cyclists on the Coast to Coast cycle route and benefitting from being situated on the A686 which provides direct road access to the A66 and Junction 40 of the M6 just 5 miles away.

Carlisle is 27 miles to the north, Scotch Corner and the A1(M) 50 miles to the south east, Keswick 23 miles to the west and Kendal 34 miles to the south. Brief Encounter Coffee Shop & Restaurant forms part of the station platform on the Settle-Carlisle railway line and Penrith Railway Station is on the West Coast Main Line to/from London, Glasgow and Edinburgh.

Penrith is a thriving market town and known as the “northern gateway” to the Lake District National Park which is less than 3 miles away. The town has a population of 14,756 (2001 census) and benefits from a good tourist trade and a mixture of high street chain stores and many small local specialist shops.


The subject property provides a single storey premises of local sandstone construction with a multi-pitched slate roof constructed in 1876 as Langwathby Station as part of the Settle-Carlisle railway line.

The station was converted to an award winning restaurant in 1996 and has been run as Brief Encounter Coffee Shop & Restaurant benefitting from the regular Carlisle-Settle users as well as an established reputation and repeat visitors.

The main building provides a restaurant, coffee shop, cake stand and gift area with associated kitchen and WCs. The property can be accessed from both the platform side where there is disabled/level entry and from the car park.

Brief Encounter Coffee Shop & Restaurant currently opens from 1 March until mid-December offering a range of breakfast dishes, scones, cakes, sandwiches, hot snacks and full meals including local dishes. The premises also carry a licence allowing the sale of alcoholic beverages when ordered with a meal. Further information is available at

An adjoining single storey building has previously traded as a gift shop and is currently used as storage.

The southern end of the site provides dedicated car parking and a timber workshop/garage premises.


It is understood that the premises provide the following approximate floor areas:

Coffee shop and restaurant 102.19m2(1,100sq ft)

Former gift shop 20.90m2(225sq ft)

Workshop / Garage 88.26m2(950sq ft)

Approximate site area 0.41 hectares(1.01acres)


Enquires to the Valuation Office Agency Website have confirmed the following Rateable Values with an effective date of 1st April 2010:

Brief Encounter Coffee Shop & Restaurant listed as a restaurant premises with a current Rateable Value of £5,400.

Station Gift Shop listed as a retail premises with a Rateable Value of £930.

Car Storage Centre listed as garage and premises with a current Rateable Value of £1,350.

Prospective purchasers should make their own enquiries to Eden District Council to ascertain the exact rates payable.

Local Authority

Eden District Council
Town Hall
CA11 7QF

Tel: 01768 817817


It is understood that mains electricity and water are available on or adjacent to the subject land and premises and there is mains sewerage/drainage. It should be noted that the services have not been tested and therefore no judgement is made in respect to their current condition.

Prospective purchasers should make their own enquiries as to the services available for future use.


It has been advised that the land and property is owned freehold and will be sold with vacant possession, and with the benefit of all associated goodwill. Further information upon application.


The property is sold subject to and with the benefits of all rights of way, whether public or private and any existing or proposed wayleaves, easements, rights, restrictions and burdens of whatever kind whether referred to in these particulars or not.


The freehold interest with vacant possession together with all business goodwill is available at a purchase price of £255,000 exclusive.

Please note the vendor is not obliged to accept the highest or any offer, subject to contract.


An Energy Performance Certificate has been produced for the premises and a full copy is available to download from the Edwin Thompson website.


The purchaser will be responsible for any legal fees/professional fees/architect fees/investigation fees together with any VAT thereon incurred in the preparation/offer/acquisition of the land and property.

Each party to bear their own legal costs in the preparation and settlement of any sale contract and documentation together with any VAT thereon.


The land and property is available to view strictly by prior appointment with the Carlisle Office of Edwin Thompson LLP. Contact:

Suzie Barron –

Tel: 01228 548385

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