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'Platform 1 Champagne Bar & Restaurant'

By TrevBatWCC    
This building stands alongside Dartmouth's ferry landing stage and also opposite its harbour. Built as a booking office for the Dartmouth and Torbay Railway, it opened 16th August 1864 – almost exactly 155 years to the date of my upload. The station was unusual in that it was never served by trains. The rail company ran out of funds, the crossing of the River Dart proving to be too difficult and expensive, hence the rail terminus being built at Kingswear on the east side of the river. Passengers would travel onward to Dartmouth via steam ferry, and tickets could be purchased at the booking office for both ferry and train. In 1882 it became part of the GWR company. The office continued in use until 1972, when it closed with the end of the BR summer timetable. It's interesting that the Dartmouth Steam Railway now runs the ferries just as the GWR had once done.
Until recently it was trading as the Station Restaurant, an English style café, and has now been refurbished as the Champagne Bar & Restaurant. I didn't lunch inside the restaurant, but there is a counter at the right-hand end of the building serving pasties and there's outdoor seating (see V1) where I sat and enjoyed the most delicious steak pasty I’ve ever eaten! 😋 V2 shows the opposite end of the restaurant, where there is additional seating.
My last upload before heading off to Lake Maggiore, Italy. Though not setting off until silly o'clock Tuesday morning, shall be busy tomorrow packing…and having a very early night! 😴💤

Raw images processed in Adobe Camera Raw, tweaked in Nik Collection's Viveza 2 and Photoshop Elements 14.

Thanks again to everyone for your vote & comments on my previous uploads, it really is appreciated and encouraging 👍

Trev 😀

Tags: Devon Architecture Bar Restaurant Dartmouth

Voters: mike9005, colijohn, drbird and 43 more


ColleenA Plus
7 420 6 Australia
18 Aug 2019 1:14PM
How wonderful...great set

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bliba Plus
13 2 Austria
18 Aug 2019 1:37PM
super rite up and images ..very well done Wink
18 Aug 2019 1:43PM
Excellent Trev..Lin
saltireblue Plus
9 9.7k 36 Norway
18 Aug 2019 2:05PM
A strange place to have a "Please adjust your dress..." sign!
Have a great trip to Italy. Caio, baby!
18 Aug 2019 2:06PM
terrific write-up and pictures
Merlin_k Plus
10 39 13 United States
18 Aug 2019 2:07PM
Had many a breakfast there. Lovely place to visit.
18 Aug 2019 2:09PM
An excellent set, Trev - I hope you managed to eat our pasty without having to share it with the seagulls!!

Have a wonderful trip to Lake Maggiore - we were there in August 2004 and had a super time. We had many trips between the Borromean Islands close to Stresa - a lovely resort. A cable car trip to the top of Mount Mottarone is a must.

18 Aug 2019 2:13PM
Wonderful set

mrswoolybill Plus
12 1.6k 2079 United Kingdom
18 Aug 2019 2:19PM
Going very up-market!
This is not quite how I remember railway cafes...
Superb images and travelogue, Trev.

SlowSong Plus
11 8.3k 30 England
18 Aug 2019 3:12PM
Sitting outside with a pasty sounds much better than going inside. Smile
Have a super holiday.
rontear Plus
16 19 8 England
18 Aug 2019 3:51PM
Very tasty indeed Trev, have a great Italian holiday !!!!
18 Aug 2019 3:54PM
Great series and interesting information. Have a lovely holiday, looking forward to some photos.
cats_123 Plus
15 4.9k 28 Northern Ireland
18 Aug 2019 4:01PM
Pasty and champagne sounds grand..

Have a lovely holiday... should be perfect this time of year...we also went there many years ago... remember eating a very large plate of whitebait and getting drenched at the market...a very stylish lake... enjoy 😁😁😁
Superb set of images
18 Aug 2019 5:11PM
Great set of photos Trev!
Not my kind of drink. I rather take a bear Smile

Mollycat Plus
6 21 2 United Kingdom
18 Aug 2019 5:11PM
Champagne and pasties. Sounds good to me Trev.
RLF Plus
9 18 4 United Kingdom
18 Aug 2019 8:24PM
Great set of colourful and crisp shots
UA soon
Rob Smile
LynneJoyce Plus
11 22 99 United Kingdom
19 Aug 2019 3:06AM
Delightful set. Love the irony of V3.
Chinga Plus
8 3 1 United Kingdom
19 Aug 2019 7:59AM
Excellent work... Good image and good content...
Isabel GrinGrinGrin
Irishkate Plus
9 41 115 United Kingdom
19 Aug 2019 10:13AM
Fascinating history and looks a lovely place to dine in style or have a steak pasty on the platform! great view of the town.
Would put Dartmouth on my itinerary if I go down that way again.
CaroleS Plus
9 440 3 United Kingdom
19 Aug 2019 10:23AM
This one is intriguing, well captured Trev.
19 Aug 2019 1:14PM
What a fine set here Trev 🏆 Fascinating write-up and wonderful retro scenes 🙂 love the signs in vs 1 and 3 🙂
20 Aug 2019 1:06PM
Terrific captures and treatment Trev
I love the style of this railway bar champagnes a great way to start your holiday and a brilliant image


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