On the outskirts of Coventry is a railway museum that contains a small cafe, inside an old railway carriage.
Sadly, the museum and the cafe are about to close down, so you have just this weekend and a weekend in October to sample the cafe’s delights.
To get to the cafe though is a mini-adventure course, up a flight of metal steps to get into a railway carriage, then past the museum displays, don’t be distracted by the book shop in the neighbouring carriage, squeeze around the guards cabin, and into the cafe.
It’s a British Rail buffet car!
Actually, it’s the Clacton Café, so called as it is converted from a 1960s Clacton Express train. You can sit outside if you want, which on a summer’s day is lovely, but why not relax in an old railway carriage instead.
Lunch was coffee and a heated sausage roll.
Coffee was served in those solid old-fashioned mugs that are so rare in these paper-cup times, and “lunch” was table-service, so off to grab a seat and a moment later, lunch arrived.
Now, lets be honest, it’s a microwave heated sausage roll, so hardly going to win any prizes, but service was charming, the price for this Londoner below belief and the coffee basic, but refreshing. It filled a hole in a part of town that lacks any real alternatives.
You’re not often going to get to sup in a museum cafe that’s a railway carriage, and as the museum is closing in October, sadly, even less chance in the future.
Cost: £2.00 for a sausage roll and coffee
Stars: 4 out of 5
Date: 13th August 2017
Summary: Basic fare served with a smile in a charming venue. Sadly about to close down.