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The Refreshment Lady's Tea Shop

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"It'll be a piece of cake."
"Tea-rooms don't live in cakes!
— Refreshment Lady and Peter Sam
The Refreshment Lady's Tea Shop/
The Refreshment Lady's Stand

David Mitton


Phil Fehrle


James Mason


Michael Angelis
Michael Brandon

Air date

October 15,
2003 (UK)
February 18th,
2004 (US)
October 21st,
2004 (AUS)

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Queen of Sodor

Next episode

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The Refreshment Lady's Tea Shop, retitled The Refreshment Lady's Stand in American releases, is the eighth episode of the seventh season.


It is summer and the Refreshment Lady wants to open up a new tea-room, but she cannot decide where to put it. But when Peter Sam discovers an old coach that Rusty mistook for a shed in the aftermath of a storm, the Fat Controller has it renovated and turned into a mobile tea-room.




  • Edited stock footage from Rusty Saves the Day is used.
  • The Welsh version of this episode is the only version where the Refreshment Lady has a name.
  • The mobile tea coach is based on the refreshments van used by the Talyllyn Railway in the 1960s. It was made from a small shed mounted on an old open-coach chassis.


  • When Peter Sam says "I can find her a beautiful place", an eyelash is stuck above his bufferbeam.
  • The American title of this episode is "The Refreshment Lady's Stand", but the sign still says "Tea Room".
  • Throughout the episode, Peter Sam has Duncan's whistle sound.

In Other Languages

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ピーター・サムとティールーム Peter Sam and the Tea Room
Danish Rullende Cafe The Rolling Cafe
Swedish Te Visning The Tea Serving
Welsh Caffi Newydd Ceinwen Ceinwen's New Café
Italian La Sala da Tè The Tea Room



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