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“It'll be a piece of cake."
"Tea rooms don't live in cakes!/But refreshment stands don't live in cakes!”
―The Refreshment Lady and Peter Sam

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


It is summer and the narrow gauge engines are busy as usual. The hot sun makes the passengers very thirsty, which keeps the refreshment lady very busy. The Fat Controller gives Peter Sam the job of taking her around the railway to find a suitable spot for a new tea room. Peter Sam is sure that he can find her a beautiful place.

Peter Sam takes the refreshment lady across bridges, through the woods, across the causeway and past Whispering Waterfall. But at the end of the day, the refreshment lady cannot decide which place she likes best, wishing she could build a shop at each place. Peter Sam is disappointed and does not feel useful at all.

That night, a storm rolls across the island. The little engines stay in their sheds talking about the storm, but Peter Sam is still thinking about the refreshment lady's tea room. The next morning, the Fat Controller gives Peter Sam the job of helping Rusty clear up the storm damage. Peter Sam is happy to feel useful again. He finds Rusty next to a shed which has been blown off the tracks, but Peter Sam realises it is not a shed; it is a rusty old coach, which gives him an idea.

Peter Sam takes the coach to the Fat Controller and his driver explains how the coach could be turned into a tea room. The Fat Controller is sure it can be repaired, and he is right. In no time, the coach is salvaged and converted into a beautiful tea room on wheels. Peter Sam shows it to the refreshment lady, who is delighted to see her brand new tea room. The Fat Controller tells Peter Sam to pull the tea room around the railway.

Now the refreshment lady serves tea at all of her favourite places across the railway. Peter Sam is very happy too.




  • Going by production order, this is the twelfth episode of the seventh series.
  • Stock footage from Rusty Saves the Day is used.
  • The Welsh dub of this episode is the only version where the Refreshment Lady has a name (Ceinwen).
  • This episode marks several things for the Refreshment Lady:
    • Her first speaking role since the fourth series episode, Peter Sam and the Refreshment Lady.
    • Her only speaking role in the seventh series.
    • Her last speaking role.
    • Her second shared role with Peter Sam.
    • Her only leading role.
    • The first and only appearance of her Tea Room.
  • This is the last episode that Jem Cole is referred to by name until the twentieth series episode, Three Steam Engines Gruff.
  • Instead of the Italian accent given by George Carlin in the fourth series episode Peter Sam and the Refreshment Lady, Michael Brandon gives the Refreshment Lady a standard American accent.


  • When Peter Sam says "I can find her a beautiful place," an eyelash is stuck above his bufferbeam.
  • Throughout the episode, Peter Sam has Duncan's whistle sound.


  • The Fat Controller: The refreshment lady needs another place for another tea room.
  • Peter Sam: I can find her a beautiful place.
  • Refreshment lady: I knew it. It'll be a piece of cake.
  • Peter Sam: Tea rooms don't live in cakes.
  • Refreshment lady: It's just my way of saying it would be fun and easy to find the right place.


  • Rusty: [looks at the old derailed coach] Driver said this shed is useless now.
  • Peter Sam: It's not a shed. It's an old railway coach.


In Other Languages

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Language Title
Chinese Mandarin 点心夫人的茶叶店
Czech Čajovna paní s občerstvením
Danish Den rullende café
Hungarian A Frissítőárus Hölgy Teázója
Italian La Sala da Tè
Japanese ピーター・サムとティールーム
Korean 간이 식당차
Polish Herbaciarnia Pani Ekspedientki
Romanian Peter Sam şi Chioşcul de Răcoritoare
Russian Кафе для буфетчицы
Serbian Kuća čaja
Swedish Tésorvoringon
Turkish İçecek Standı
Welsh Caffi Newydd Ceinwen

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