Our TV Debut
Aasia and the Centenary Lounge Team are so excited to announce their TV debut. Centenary Lounge located at Leamington Spa station will be featured on ‘The Architecture the Railways Built’ programme, which will air at 8pm on Tuesday 2nd May 2023 on the Yesterday channel (Freeview channel 27). The series started on February 28th at 8pm.
This fascinating series features railway expert and train enthusiast Tim Dunn who explores the stunning architecture that lines the railway network. Celebrating the radical design and often challenging construction of many station buildings across the UK and Europe: from grand edifices in major cities to tiny rural stations serving small communities.
During the 2nd May edition the programme will feature Leamington Spa station including our very own Centenary Lounge café discussing the heritage and design of the building.
Here is just a little bit about our beloved station…….The railway arrived in Leamington Spa in 1844, with the opening of the London and Birmingham Railway’s line between the two cities. The railway brought new opportunities for trade and commerce to the town, whilst also making it easier for visitors to travel to Leamington Spa, boosting its reputation as a fashionable spa resort.
As the years went by the railway network in the area continued to expand, with new lines and stations serving the town. In 1852, a branch line was opened to connect Leamington with Coventry, and in 1858, a line was opened to link Leamington with Oxford and the South West, connecting all three areas.
The railway also played an important role in the town’s industry, with several railway engineering works established in the area. These included the famous locomotive manufacturer, R. & W. Hawthorn, which had a factory in Leamington from 1855 until 1885.
During WW2, Leamington Spa played an important role in the war effort, with the railway network used to transport troops and supplies. The town’s railway station was bombed in 1941, causing significant damage, but it was quickly repaired and remained in operation throughout the war. We are very proud that our beloved station played its part during the war.
In the post-war years, the railway network in the area continued to evolve, with the introduction of new diesel and electric trains, and the closure of some lines and stations. However, Leamington Spa remained an important railway hub, with regular services to London, Birmingham, Coventry, Oxford, and other destinations.
Today, Leamington Spa railway station is a busy interchange, with services operated by several train companies, including West Midlands Trains, Chiltern Railways, and CrossCountry. The station has undergone several renovations and upgrades in recent years, including the installation of new lifts and escalators, and the creation of new retail and dining facilities. Also the Centenary Lounge Café has undergone its own transformation, exposing many of the original features whilst retaining the authenticity of our GWR themed cafes.
Why not visit our Leamington Spa café, situated on Platform 2 set inside the beautiful and historic Leamington Spa station itself. Platform 2, Old Warwick Road, Leamington Spa, CV31 3NS
Serving the Express Menu with a selection of organic and barista style coffees, speciality taste award winning teas and a selection of wines, spirits and beers for you to enjoy on your journey.
Continuing our dedication to freshness and high quality, all food is prepared on site daily using the finest seasonal ingredients and local produce where possible. We detail vegan and gluten free options, but please ask our team if you have any specific dietary requirements.
You may like to order ahead by using our convenient Mr Yum App.
So please watch tonight on Yesterday at 8pm