Step back in time with 1940s refreshment room for railway station

Step back in time with 1940s refreshment room for railway station

Step back in time with 1940s refreshment room for railway station

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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 jobs@greenwellandtipple.co.uk.

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7:41am Tue 13 May 14

John Steed says...

1940's style, fascinating, for the entire 1940's food was on the ration, still I will give it a try, spam sandwich & a pint of brown please
1940's style, fascinating, for the entire 1940's food was on the ration, still I will give it a try, spam sandwich & a pint of brown please John Steed
  • Score: 10

9:09am Tue 13 May 14

s_james says...

Plenty of great station bars serving excellent beer have opened around the country recently – the Sheffield Tap and Euston Tap spring to mind. Hopefully this will be in the same mould.
Plenty of great station bars serving excellent beer have opened around the country recently – the Sheffield Tap and Euston Tap spring to mind. Hopefully this will be in the same mould. s_james
  • Score: 11

9:58am Tue 13 May 14

BNJuan says...

'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.'

This sounds like a nice idea for the station.

The opening date might be a little optimistic however as their listed building consent application takes 8 weeks to get a decision, which takes them up to the 26th of June, and it is a criminal offence to carry out works to a listed building prior to receiving consent. So I guess they are looking at an August opening at the earliest..... :)
'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.' This sounds like a nice idea for the station. The opening date might be a little optimistic however as their listed building consent application takes 8 weeks to get a decision, which takes them up to the 26th of June, and it is a criminal offence to carry out works to a listed building prior to receiving consent. So I guess they are looking at an August opening at the earliest..... :) BNJuan
  • Score: 6

10:01am Tue 13 May 14

TIMBURRY says...

s_james wrote:
Plenty of great station bars serving excellent beer have opened around the country recently – the Sheffield Tap and Euston Tap spring to mind. Hopefully this will be in the same mould.
With very nice prices....
[quote][p][bold]s_james[/bold] wrote: Plenty of great station bars serving excellent beer have opened around the country recently – the Sheffield Tap and Euston Tap spring to mind. Hopefully this will be in the same mould.[/p][/quote]With very nice prices.... TIMBURRY
  • Score: 0

10:16am Tue 13 May 14

alfiebo says...

Hopefully it will 1940's style prices too !
Hopefully it will 1940's style prices too ! alfiebo
  • Score: 9

11:44am Tue 13 May 14

ZeeGee, ffs says...

Any chance the staff will be English, like they would have been in the 1940s?
Any chance the staff will be English, like they would have been in the 1940s? ZeeGee, ffs
  • Score: -1

6:37pm Tue 13 May 14

Sidewinder says...

ZeeGee, ffs wrote:
Any chance the staff will be English, like they would have been in the 1940s?
"Ya daft racist"
[quote][p][bold]ZeeGee, ffs[/bold] wrote: Any chance the staff will be English, like they would have been in the 1940s?[/p][/quote]"Ya daft racist" Sidewinder
  • Score: -3

6:52pm Tue 13 May 14

Mr chock says...

BNJuan wrote:
'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.'

This sounds like a nice idea for the station.

The opening date might be a little optimistic however as their listed building consent application takes 8 weeks to get a decision, which takes them up to the 26th of June, and it is a criminal offence to carry out works to a listed building prior to receiving consent. So I guess they are looking at an August opening at the earliest..... :)
i was a bit shocked by that too ... 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. ....
so where is the Transport police station now ?
[quote][p][bold]BNJuan[/bold] wrote: '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.' This sounds like a nice idea for the station. The opening date might be a little optimistic however as their listed building consent application takes 8 weeks to get a decision, which takes them up to the 26th of June, and it is a criminal offence to carry out works to a listed building prior to receiving consent. So I guess they are looking at an August opening at the earliest..... :)[/p][/quote]i was a bit shocked by that too ... 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. .... so where is the Transport police station now ? Mr chock
  • Score: -1

10:27pm Tue 13 May 14

ZeeGee, ffs says...

Sidewinder wrote:
ZeeGee, ffs wrote:
Any chance the staff will be English, like they would have been in the 1940s?
"Ya daft racist"
What is 'racist' about pointing out that in the 1940s, shopkeepers were English?
[quote][p][bold]Sidewinder[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ZeeGee, ffs[/bold] wrote: Any chance the staff will be English, like they would have been in the 1940s?[/p][/quote]"Ya daft racist"[/p][/quote]What is 'racist' about pointing out that in the 1940s, shopkeepers were English? ZeeGee, ffs
  • Score: 4

11:20am Wed 14 May 14

BNJuan says...

Mr chock wrote:
BNJuan wrote:
'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.'

This sounds like a nice idea for the station.

The opening date might be a little optimistic however as their listed building consent application takes 8 weeks to get a decision, which takes them up to the 26th of June, and it is a criminal offence to carry out works to a listed building prior to receiving consent. So I guess they are looking at an August opening at the earliest..... :)
i was a bit shocked by that too ... 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. ....
so where is the Transport police station now ?
'there are plans in place for BTP’s Brighton office to move to the ground floor of the Lover’s Walk Depot on New England Road this summer, either at the end of June or beginning of July and we’re working closely with station management to ensure a smooth and seamless transition to our new premises.'

http://www.theargus.
co.uk/news/10486450.
Your_interview__Gary
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[quote][p][bold]Mr chock[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]BNJuan[/bold] wrote: '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.' This sounds like a nice idea for the station. The opening date might be a little optimistic however as their listed building consent application takes 8 weeks to get a decision, which takes them up to the 26th of June, and it is a criminal offence to carry out works to a listed building prior to receiving consent. So I guess they are looking at an August opening at the earliest..... :)[/p][/quote]i was a bit shocked by that too ... 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. .... so where is the Transport police station now ?[/p][/quote]'there are plans in place for BTP’s Brighton office to move to the ground floor of the Lover’s Walk Depot on New England Road this summer, either at the end of June or beginning of July and we’re working closely with station management to ensure a smooth and seamless transition to our new premises.' http://www.theargus. co.uk/news/10486450. Your_interview__Gary _Ancell__British_Tra nsport_Police_Inspec tor/ BNJuan
  • Score: 0

12:50pm Wed 14 May 14

john newman says...

Now all we have to do is sort out the trains!! Weekend service usually awful
Now all we have to do is sort out the trains!! Weekend service usually awful john newman
  • Score: 3

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