Chester Station First Class Refreshment Rooms reopen as “Carriages” ….

Posted on October 23rd, 2009, by The Chairman

Back in 1966 (or thereabouts) the refreshment rooms adjacent to what was platform 2 at Chester General Station, the platform used for the express services to London Paddington via Birmingham Snow Hill, were closed due to the unstable condition of the floor.

Years later, given the listed status of the building, the rooms were reopened as a furniture showroom (yuk!!)

The furniture showroom ceased to trade and the rooms have been empty for ages, until ….

Last July, after a protracted refurbishment, owners Tara and Pravin Jade, and manager, Mo Gormes reopened the refreshment rooms as “Carriages”. Many of the original features are retained. They’re well worth a visit, whether to sit on the patio (and watch the free Chester Shuttle Bus services go by), or to sit inside in lovely comfortable surroundings.

As well as the usual station refreshment fayre, offerings include proper coffee, champagne, decent wine by the glass, and bottled beers both from J W Lees and the Porthmadog-based Purple Moose Brewery. (Tara and Pravin have a good working relationship with Purple Moose). Keg beers are J W Lees Smooth, as well as Peroni and Carlsberg. Free wifi is coming soon.

A great recreation of an asset lost to us in the 1960s. Give it a try next time you’re in Chester and let us know how it went. To get in touch with Tara, Pravin or Mo, email

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