General Information

Fresh is located inside the newly restored 1930's CP Railcar in Bristol NB.
Situated in the center of this quaint little town, the train has been inspiring minds for years.

In 2007, a dream became a reality when the village of Bristol received funding through the Federal ACOA program to re-create a piece of history. The first of three railcars, situated on the tracks beside the Shogomoc Railway station, is elegantly finished, providing a comfortable warm and relaxing atmosphere.

The restaurant can seat up to 20 in the main dining room, with an additional five tables for parties of two. The booths are perfect for private business meetings or an intimate dinner for two.

Hours of Operation

Hours of operation are Tuesday thru Saturday, 5:30-10pm, 12 months a year.

Phone (506) 392-6000 to book your table. (Reservations are strongly recommended, but not always necessary.)


Groups

It's always best to reserve your seats ahead, preferably by phone. We can seat intimate parties of two, and tables from three to twenty. Seats are not re-booked as a rule, so your table is yours for the night, with the occasional exception of the earliest bookings. Reservations are booked as early as 5:30, and as late as you need to book -we close when all guests have finished their evening and gone home. We appreciate being informed of any changes to your booking (# of guests, late arrivals etc.) in due time to allow for rescheduling of others who may wish to dine with us. Please respect the fact that in a restaurant with only 26 seats, every seat is important. Groups of more than ten will be asked to pre-order, although not necessary, it will help to ensure that every person gets exactly what they want.

We can easily be booked up in advance, but keep in mind we do have cancellations and quiet nights occasionally. There is always the possibility of a last minute table. Never hesitate to call. Calls go directly to Sara's cell, so you can reach voicemail or Sara any time of the day or night.


Children

Children love trains, yes, it's true. However, the Fresh experience is not always loved by children. We are happy to customize most things that come from the kitchen - although most little ones find the stay to be too long. They can become impatient and restless. Understand that we cannot "hurry it along" for the children and jeopardize other guests' timing. Well behaved children are certainly welcome, we just hope that you respect that the setting is quiet, intimate, and slow paced. Often guests have come to enjoy some time "sans kids" and we think it's important to have a place to go for that too. We hope you understand.


History

In 1986 a small and diverse group of individuals from the Bristol and Florenceville area set the foundation for the Bristol Shogomoc Railway site. In July of 1986 the group acquired their first CPR passenger car and access to the site of the former Bristol Station property. By 1988 the club had acquired two additional CPR cars, from CPR. In mid - 1991 CPR ceased operations on the line at Bristol. In the Fall of 1995 the club was successful in reaching agreement with CPR and NBR to retain approximately 2,000 feet of track at the Bristol Site as well as the use of the property and 1998 concluded an agreement with the NBR to acquire the property in conjunction with the Village of Bristol.

In 2000 the club had the Florenceville Station decommissioned and moved to Bristol and placed it on the location of the former CPR Bristol Station, which had closed in 1971 and was sold to a local man. The Florenceville Station is an exact replica of the original Bristol Station and the only one of its design type East of Montreal.

In 2006 the Village of Bristol accepted the donation of the Shogomc Station and three train cars from the Shogomoc Historical and Model Railway Club to begin a dream filled project of renovating and restoring the Station and two train cars. The train station has been renovated to show case rail travel artifacts and history in museum style, the first train car is opened as a fine dining restaurant, the second car was originally a tourist car and will display artifacts and the third car is a baggage car that is currently in the original condition.

Sara opened fresh in September 2007 and feels truly blessed to have been given the opportunity to follow her dreams and passion in her home-town. The best part of living in Carleton County is definitely the wonderful people and community spirit. Generally when locals come to fresh, it's to celebrate or mark an occasion, if not just to relax. To be able to be in the presence of this night after night, and to hear the love stories or see the family get-togethers, makes it all more rewarding. I love my job! Thank you so much for your support.


Links

Local Accomodations

- The Tannyghtyn www.tannaghtyn.com (a scenic ten minute drive)

- Shamrock suites www.shamrocksuites.ca (within walking distance)

- Florenceville Inn www.florencevilleinn.com


Area Information

- Florenceville-Bristol www.florencevillebristol.ca


Photography

- Natalie Paget, Hartfelt Images www.hartfeltimages.com