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“Tea room excellence”

Ridgmont Station Tea Rooms & Heritage Centre
Ranked #1 of 3 Restaurants in Ridgmont
Certificate of Excellence
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Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, Reservations
Description: Delightful Tea Room - situated in the former Victorian (1846) Ridgmont Railway Station building, with its distinctive Cottage Orné Gothic architecture. Menu currently offers soups, jacket potatoes, freshly made sandwiches, toasted paninis, plus our cakes and cream teas as available. Ask about the special occasion cream tea available to book. Not open Mondays. ESSENTIAL TO BOOK TEA ROOM RESERVATION IN ADVANCE AT WEEKENDS. Last orders for hot food 15:00. The Tea Rooms are located in the same building as a small Heritage Centre run by volunteers (closed Sundays and Mondays). A small gift shop sells railway themed books - both new and pre-read, toys, and a small but changing selection of new and 'used but good' 00, O and G scale model railway items. The former booking office is being restored and is open (with the gift shop) to visitors when volunteers are available. The main car park is situated on other side of the railway line, but we also benefit from an hourly train service from Bedford and Bletchley, as well as other stations on the Marston Vale line - built by Robert Stephenson and described by author Colin Garratt as one of "The Great Train Journeys of the World". Please note there is no Sunday train service unless a special event service arranged - see local press for details. It's advisable to phone ahead for availability.
Reviewed 6 June 2014 via mobile

This tea room in a renovated Victorian railway station is a delight. Home made everything, lovely tea and charming people - just 3 minutes from junction 13 on the M1 and a different world. Some alternative to the motorway services!

1  Thank Chris S
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Reviewed 30 May 2014

If you have an idea of what a railway station tea rooms is like, this probably matches it exactly! It's a really grown up place straight of the 30s with lovely china and great cooking. If you're looking for somewhere to take mother for tea, look no further! No horrible stairs and disabled access and parking. The waitress could have been a little more attentive but they were busy!

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Reviewed 20 May 2014

Everything we were hoping for & more. Superb homemade soup, very good & generous sandwiches & wonderful cakes. The pleasant surprise is that it is real value for money. We have not stopped talking about it & recommending it to our friends & acquaintances. Just hope it doesn't become too busy! The only disappointment is that it doesn't open Mondays, but everyone deserves a rest sometime. Can't wait until our next visit.

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2  Thank Alan B
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Reviewed 19 May 2014

A must place to visit for a traditional English Afternoon Tea in Bedfordshire or even for breakfast and lunch.
There are two rooms available each have there own atmosphere within cosy surroundings as well as outdoor seating. The tea rooms have recently opened following extensive renovation of the station. It also houses tourist information and has a railway heritage centre. You can see the original station ticket office, signalling equipment, posters and photos dating 1964 and earlier.
Ample free parking is available. Very close to J13 of the M1, short drive from Woburn and Centre Parcs and of course you can arrive here by the hourly train service from Bedford or Bletchley.

Wonderful service and atmosphere and reasonable prices. Where can you get a pot of tea served in a china cup and tea pot for just £2?
Loads of homemade cakes, fresh sandwiches made to order, Panini's, soup with fresh rolls and lots more. It's very true what other reviewers have said of this place.

My first visit to here unfortunately was after the tea rooms had closed for the day but you could see that the place was attractive to warrant a second visit! You will not be disappointed.
Pauline (the proprietor I understand) makes you feel most welcome. I will definitely be back again!
Hours of opening are 9am until 4pm daily except Monday when the tea rooms are closed.
Telephone number is hard to find on the web so here it is - 01525 287120.

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1  Thank 623Alex
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Reviewed 9 May 2014

Go, go, go, you must, the soup of the day kept us full most of the day, home made too, a large variety of teas and the most quaint of tea room settings.

Also a little train museum of a sort, very informative tour with brilliant staff, i learnt a lot.

And to cap it all off a gift shop, the whole place can only get better xxx

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2  Thank sistermoon123
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