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Luxury and Steam Train Dining Experience Trips

On these delightfully nostalgic steam train dining experiences you will be welcomed aboard the dining car of a beautifully restored steam train, where you can relax, enjoy the scenery and a rather special meal. Steam train day trips where a delicious onboard luncheon or dinner is served at your table are perfect for families and friends alike. We’ve got steam train dining packages to suit all budgets, from Sunday lunch on a heritage railway, to a full day out on the Belmond British Pullman, the sister train to the Venice-Simpson Orient-Express. Read more about our collection of steam train dining voyages...


Churnet Valley Railway Steam Train Lunch for Two
Based On 6 Reviews

Cheddleton, Staffordshire

From £80.00

    • A 3 course steam train lunch for two to enjoy
    • Watch the world pass on a scenic 22 mile route
    • Free travel on the railway for the remainder of the day
    • Full waitress service and luxury dining coaches
Luxury Day Trip with Afternoon Tea on the Northern Belle

Locations Nationwide

From £205.00

    • Enjoy the countryside from your luxury carriage
    • A Northern Belle round-trip journey of around 5 hours
    • Afternoon tea with sandwiches, cakes and scones
    • Departures from various mainline train stations
Luxury Vintage Train Lunch on The Northern Belle

Locations Nationwide

From £250.00

    • Luxury luncheons onboard the Northern Belle
    • Departures from London & regional train stations
    • Choose between seasonal lunch & roast Sunday lunch
    • A taste of the bygone age of luxury train travel
Saturday Steam Luncheon in Leicestershire
Based On 112 Reviews


From £99.00

    • A 'runabout ticket' for the day
    • Roam around the platform, workshops and museums
    • A delicious steam train luncheon
    • From Great Central Station in Loughborough
Steam Train Afternoon Tea Leics
Based On 22 Reviews

Rothley, Leicestershire

From £65.00

    • Enjoy all day travel at a heritage steam railway
    • Afternoon Tea including English Tea and sandwiches
    • Home made fruit scones with clotted cream and jam
    • A selection of miniature mouth watering cakes
Sunday Lunch in Leicestershire
Based On 55 Reviews


From £99.00

    • Board an historic locomotive steam train
    • Travel through the Leicestershire countryside
    • Be served a four course Sunday lunch
    • A runabout ticket for unlimited travel on the day
Afternoon Tea for Two on The Churnet Valley Railway

Cheddleton, Staffordshire

From £50.00

    • Take afternoon tea onboard the 'Moorlander' train
    • Travel the Churnet Valley Railway line in Staffs
    • Enjoy a traditional tea served at your table
    • Discover this delightful heritage railway line
Steam Train Sunday Lunch in Somerset
Based On 60 Reviews


From £39.00

    • A three course lunch Mendip Belle Wine & Dine train
    • A traditional Sunday lunch
    • Two round trips of the two and a half mile track
    • There is a fully licensed bar on the train
Murder Mystery on the Belmond British Pullman

London, Victoria

From £379.00

    • Travel on the Belmond British Pullman
    • Enjoy a five-course lunch
    • Intriguing murder mystery entertainment on board
    • A day of luxury and entertainment
The Golden Age of Travel on the Belmond British Pullman

London, Victoria

From £340.00

    • Travel aboard the Belmond British Pullman
    • See some of the finest English countryside
    • A round-trip journey through Kent
    • A five course meal with wine
Best of Britain - Belmond British Pullman Luxury Train Day Trips

London Victoria

From £420.00

    • Travel aboard the Belmond British Pullman
    • A three-course brunch with Bellini
    • Free time to explore your city of choice
    • A four-course dinner with Champagne and wine
Dinner in Leicestershire
Based On 53 Reviews


From £129.00

    • A six course dining experience
    • First class 'runabout' tickets for each passenger
    • Unlimited travel on the day of your meal
    • From Great Central Station in Loughborough
Murder Mystery Train
Based On 45 Reviews

Loughborough, Leicestershire

From £159.00

    • A thrilling themed evening on board the train
    • A 5 course gourmet dinner
    • Solve the whodunit murder mystery
    • Travel a total distance of 16 miles
Steam Tea for Two Staffordshire
Based On 6 Reviews

Cheddleton, Staffordshire

From £45.00

    • A traditional Cream Tea for two people
    • Enjoy scenery onboard the steam hauled train
    • The train departs from Froghall Station
The Midlander Luncheon for Two

Great Central Railway, Loughborough

From £75.00

    • Wednesday steam train luncheon trips in Leics
    • Vouchers are for two people seated in the dining car
    • Trains depart from Loughborough station at 1pm
    • Includes unlimited train GCR travel all day long
A Day at the Races on the Northern Belle

Nationwide Locations

From £495.00

    • Days out at the most prestigious horse race events
    • Return travel by luxury Northern Belle Pullman train
    • Superb customer service & luxury at every moment
    • Brunch & seven-course gastronomic dinner included
Cake and Rail Experience for Two

East Somerset Railway, Somerset

From £35.00

    • Great value railway experience for two people
    • East Somerset Railway in the beautiful Mendip Hills
    • Includes all-day rover tickets, visits & tea too
    • Visit the footplate for a chat with the driver

Should you buy this experience?

Who it’s for:

There’s no denying it; steam train dining is one of our most popular days out. Age seems to be irrelevant, as everyone from grandparents to little kids love a stream train. With views and great food too, you certainly don’t have to fall into the train spotter category of passenger to appreciate these steam-hauled trips.

Who it’s not for:

We’re not sure who actually wouldn’t appreciate a trip on a lovely steam train to eat a nice meal! It’s worth noting though, that some heritage railways don’t accept children under the age of five in their dining cars and access for wheelchair users can be difficult on some train lines too. See our FAQs below for more information on whether dining out on a steam train is for you.

Steam train dining FAQs:

Are dogs allowed onboard the trains?

The rules vary amongst steam train operators, but in general, dogs (assistance dogs excepted) are not allowed in the dining cars of trains. They are, however, often allowed in the standard class carriages for normal train journeys, so you can still enjoy a day out with the steam trains in many cases, just not a specific steam train lunch or dinner trip.

Are dining carriages wheelchair accessible?

Access for wheelchair users very much depends on the heritage railway’s facilities and capacity. Some do have lifts and ramps to facilitate access, but others (due to the age of the rolling stock and their design) require passengers to climb steps to get on the train. Once onboard in the special dining carriages, there may not be seating provisions for wheelchairs. If you’re in any doubt, please contact our customer service team directly before booking on 01959 578100.

Can toddlers and babies come along? 

Access with pushchairs and buggies can be tricky at some stations. For steam train dining car experiences, some train operators have a minimum age of five years old, as it’s not possible to install high chairs in the carriages. See each individual page for full details on minimum ages.

What’s the dress code for these steam train dining experiences?

Smart casual is the order of the day on evening dinner trains, with a more relaxed feel for lunches, but most people like to get dressed up as it’s often a meal for a special occasion. If you’re booked onto the Belmond Pullman services the dress code is smart, as it really is the ‘creme de la creme’ of steam train dining!

Are vegetarians and passengers with other dietary requirements catered for?

Yes. Many train operators have veggie dishes as standard on their menus and it’s recommended to contact the railway directly to advise them of any other dietary requirements. Depending on the service offered, all passengers may be asked to make their menu choices in advance.

Is alcohol served on board the steam trains?

Yes. A bar service offering beers, spirits and wines to accompany your meal is all part of the wonderful standard of onboard service harking back to bygone age of rail travel! Some of the packages even include welcome cocktails and many offer wine as part of the meal. Of course, there are non-alcoholic drinks and hot drinks served onboard too.

Will we have to share a table in the dining cars?

Most dining cars are ‘Pullman’ style, with a 2 x 1 formation. That’s to say, tables of four and tables of two. So if you book for two, you will be allocated a table for two, but on some occasions you may be required to share a table for four. Bookings for four mean you will all be sitting around the same table. Parties of five and more will be seated over two or more tables in the same part of the carriage. 

Do I have to catch a particular train?

Dining trains run at specific times on the timetable, with the rake of coaches usually made up of the first class Pullman dining carriages, the restaurant car and other carriages for standard class passengers too. So yes, you will be booked onto a specific train and your seat will be reserved for you.

How long does the train journey take?

That all depends on how long the railway line is! All voyages are round trips and the pace is very much leisurely, giving you time to enjoy a meal made up of several courses before you disembark at your original departure point. See each page for the details of the journey, what you can see during your voyage and what sort of locomotives will be pulling your Pullman coaches.

Can I get off at any point of the journey?

In general, on dining experiences you’ll be too busy enjoying your sit-down meal to get off at any intermediate stations you may pass through on your journey. At the end of the outward voyage, there’s usually time to get out and stretch your legs before the return journey departs, as the loco has to ‘run around’ to the other end of the train to take you back. It’s also really fun to watch this bit!  Please note itineraries on Belmond British Pullman trips are different, as they run on mainline tracks from mainline stations. Trips often include entrance to a tourist attraction before your return journey, for a full day out with breakfast and dinner included onboard.

Can I stay around after the dining trip?

Yes! You are welcome to arrive earlier to explore the station and watch the trains and stay afterwards too. Some even offer ‘rover’ day tickets in with your package, so you can travel on other services during the day of your steam train dining experience. This may not be applicable on evening dining trains. Belmond British Pullman experiences are usually full day trips and don’t operate in the same way

Where can I go on a steam train dining experience?

There are literally hundreds of heritage railways around the UK and we’ve selected those with the most scenic routes and the tastiest food for these steam train dining experiences, including:
  • Leicestershire
  • Staffordshire
  • Nottingham
  • Bath
  • London
  • Leeds
  • Liverpool
  • Derby

Reserve your seat in the first class dining car now for you steam train dining experience!

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