Coffee at the Old Railway Signal Box Cafe

We called in on the Tissington Trail at Hartington in Derbyshire today, which is a 13 mile cycle trail. It used to be an old railway track that was removed and made into a cycling, walking and horse riding trail. There is still a railway signal box there only now it has been repurposed into a small kiosk selling food and drink during the summer months. Thank goodness someone had the imagination to save it.

At the kiosk window, my brother ordered a latte, a black americano, a sweet potato chickpea and spinach pie and a curried chicken balti pie.

While you are waiting for your pies to warm up, you can go up the steps of the signal box to look at the mechanical railway signalling levers that are still in situ.

Unfortunately, the lovely sunny weather we've been having for a few weeks disappeared today and returned to good old british weather of being overcast with a few showers. It was good while it lasted.

It would have been nice to have sat on the picnic benches, but it was too wet, so we had to go and sit back in the car, sharing my pie with the dog, of course! It reminded me of when our parents used to take us out when we were youngsters and having a packed lunch sat in the car. There weren't many cafes in those days!



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I love Steak and Kidney pie, and recently I was introduced to the pudding version. A pie would be my perfect coffee combo.
I like the colour of the cups, and the coffee looks rich:)
Yeah, there were some good posts, heh-13.jpg

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I've never heard of the chicken balti pie before, got curious and and some rapid googling made me want to try this! I will have to make it of course, these aren't available here.
Cute dog, what breed is it?

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I've not heard of the pie before. I don’t eat meat so can't tell you what it was like. 🙂

Doggy is a labrador. They're the best.

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This brings back fond memories of when I was a lad. My grandma was a station masters daughter in the village of Tintern. I can remember going there with them in the eighties. Great grandad Tom had long since died and the station had become a museum much like your place here.

I went back in 2017 and it’s still doing well as a museum. In fact they have expanded it and have a very nice cafe there. Not sure it’s open all year anymore and since Covid,, well not sure

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That sounds good. It's much better than knocking things down. I think as long as there's a cafe there along with a museum, people will always visit.

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Very nice cafe at old junction box. Very charming setting. The weather looks cooler than our hot summer day.

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The weather has definitely changed. Now we are moaning it's too cold!

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a very damp day, amazing a vegetarian hound!!! Like your partner, I would not share any of my chicken balti pie either!!!

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Yes, it's marvellous how quickly labradors can turn vegetarian when food is about!

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LOL, dogs huh, dustbins on four legs

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