The revival of the railway station tearoom shows no sign of slowing as seven new coffee shops open at Northern stations
The traditional station tearoom is seeing a boom across Northern stations as seven exciting new venues have opened over the last few months – from artisan coffee shops to a bustling bakery.
The train operator’s stations are home to some amazing hidden gems and independent businesses that might make you want to stay awhile instead of rushing for your train.
Mark Powles, commercial and customer director at Northern said: "We have so many wonderful independent businesses that for customers to enjoy across our network.
“As well as being places where people catch the train, we also want to create and be part of the local community.”
Here’s a guide to seven new openings at Northern’s stations
Fursty Fox - Birchwood
An independent coffee shop, this small business had previously operated from a renovated horse trailer but has now brought its tasty treats to the station.
Offering hot drinks and homemade snacks, it is the perfect place to refuel.
Smiths of Cheshire – Wilmslow
Providing comforting classics and food inspired from travels across the globe, this is a café not to be missed – especially the spectacular specials, which in the past have included jollof and fiery chicken rice. Who knows what will be on the board next, but it’ll definitely be yummy.
Hit Cafe - Cross Gates
Offering a vast selection of cakes, coffees and coolers, this lovely café has breathed new life into the station.
Owner Katie has more than 16 years' experience in hospitality and wanted to create a place that is warm and welcoming for everyone. She also wanted to name the café something that meant something to her and chose HIT, which is made up of her children’s initials.
Harrogate Secret Bakery – Harrogate
This much-loved Harrogate bakery has opened its third outlet at the station – and offers a range of sandwiches, cakes and drinks.
The traditional fresh handmade bread is a highlight, as are the fantastic grilled sandwiches.
Gourmet Coffee Bar & Kitchen – Bradford Forster Square and Castleford
A small independent chain dedicated to specialty coffee, Gourmet Coffee has now opened two more branches in Bradford Forster Square and Castleford stations. Even the biggest coffee aficionados will be satisfied by the carefully sourced, roasted and brewed beans.
The Railway Cafe – Worksop
A cosy spot for lunch, the new café on platform 2 offers everything from breakfast and brunch to decadent homemade cakes. Delicious milkshakes and smoothies are also on the menu.
Northern's Stations as a Place programme aims to promote local railway stations as community hubs rather than simply access points onto the rail network. The rail operator is the second largest train operator in the UK, with 2,500 services a day to more than 500 stations across the North of England.
Businesses interested in setting up at a Northern station can check out the current opportunities on our dedicated webpage or get in touch if they are interested in a location that isn’t listed.