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Step back in time with 1940s refreshment room for railway station
Train passengers are being promised a Brief Encounter with fine food and drink at the return of a 1940s-style refreshment room.
Greenwell and Tipple are converting the former British Transport Police site at Brighton station into The Cyclist, selling “great food, beer and wine” to waiting passengers.
It is expected that the £300,000 refurbishment will take four weeks and it is hoped that, subject to planning permission, the refreshment room will be open in the middle of next month.
With the new site will come 25 new jobs as the company looks to recruit bar staff and waitresses.
An alcohol licence for the site has already been granted.
The new concept by the Petworth-based company is a real family affair, with sisters Coco, India and Montana Clevely all playing a part in getting it on track.
Their parents Rupert and Jo founded the London-based pub company Geronimo Inns in 1995 and sold it three years ago to brewers Young and Co’s for £60 million.
The sisters were alerted to the availability of the site by their uncle, who runs two shops at the station.
Greenwell and Tipple took over the site in January, a matter of weeks after British Transport Police moved out.
Coco, operation and development manager, said they aim to open from 7am to 11pm on Mondays to Saturdays, and 8am to 10pm on Sundays, offering customers everything from breakfast to brunch, afternoon tea and supper.
Customers will also be able to have takeaway food such as salads, pies and quiches, with a food ethos of “fresh, seasonal and excellent quality”.
The decor will include upcycled old bicycle parts transformed into comfortable seating, and the firm hopes that Brighton station will be the first stop of many as it aims to open up in railway stations across the south-east.
Coco, 24, said that her father wanted to get back involved with the brewery trade but did not want to compete with his former firm in London.
She added: “He saw a gap in the market for great food, wine and beer at a travel station and the site seemed fitting for what we wanted.
“We are calling it a refresh¬ ment room because we want to move away from the pub cliché and bring back the refresh¬ ment room of the 1940s, some¬ where people can get food and a drink and wait comfortably for their train.”
To apply for a role at The Cyclist send a CV and covering letter to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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