I'll be publishing a blog post in a few weeks time on Speirs and Pond railway station refreshment rooms. In the 1860s this company began taking over refreshment rooms at major (and some minor) stations. Their first in Britain was at sited at Charing Cross Station on the South Eastern Railway, when it opened in January 1864. While many derided station waiting rooms in the period, those that Spiers and Pond operated were of a much higher quality, providing good food and good service. Thus, by 1925 they were operating 200 nationally.