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Churnet Valley Railway Steam Train Lunch

Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire
Rated Based On 23 Reviews

  • 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

What's Included

  • A steam train lunch for two or four people
  • A three course meal
  • Full waitress service aboard the first class dining coach
  • Enjoying fabulous scenery travelling through countryside for over 22 miles
  • Unlimited travel on the railway for the day
  • Full bar facilities are available on board
  • Seating is generally on tables accommodating up to 4 people
  • To guarantee a table for two opt for the exclusive voucher and you will be seated on a table with no other guests which also includes a glass of prosecco each

What Can I Expect

Fancy a nice lunch at the Churnet Valley Railway? It's all aboard the 1:30 pm departure for a tasty Saturday or Sunday luncheon onboard a historic and beautifully restored steam train that'll be choo-chooing along the track whilst you tuck in.

Usually when you've got a train to catch it's always a bit of stress making sure you get to the station in time, not forgetting your tickets and walking the whole length of the train to see if there's a free seat. Well, you'll be pleased to hear it's much more welcoming and friendly at the Churnet Valley Railway and you will not only have a large, comfy armchair style seat, but a fully set table too!

You are heartily invited to arrive before your lunch train departs so you can have a meander around Kingsley & Froghall station. The Victorian station building and waiting room is truly lovely and very authentic, but is in fact a reproduction re-built and then lovingly finished off and furnished by the Churnet Valley Railway's dedicated volunteers, as the original was raised to the ground soon after the train line closed.

Just before 1:30pm you'll be invited to board your train by the steward. The steam locomotive will be stoked up ready to go and the onboard waiting team will be on hand to show you to your table. The 'Moorlander' dining car has been beautifully restored and offers first class accommodation - right down to flower arrangements and linen table cloths. They don't do lunch by halves at this wonderful railway through the Churnet Valley, that's for sure!

Your menu is very much a traditional meal, with a soup to start and roast beef with all the trimmings to follow and dessert is home-made. All courses are served at your table, leaving you to chat and gaze out of the window at the ever-changing Churnet Valley scenery as you rumble gently along the railway tracks.

We think riding the Churnet Valley Railway lunch train is the perfect weekend activity for all the family. A good, freshly-cooked meal combines with the glamour of the golden age of steam travel and stunning Staffordshire countryside views, to make for a tantalisingly tasty railway experience. All aboard the lunch time departure!


  • The train departs from Froghall Station at 13:30 sharp returning to Froghall Station at approximately 15:00
  • Selected Saturdays and Sundays between February and November
  • Due to the popularity of this experience please book well in advance to avoid disappointment
Vouchers are valid for any of the scheduled dates, subject to availability.
Request your preferred date when booking in for your experience.

Saturday  Scheduled 2024 Dates

  • April: 20th & 27th
  • June: 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd & 29th
  • July: 6th, 13th & 27th
  • August: 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th & 31st
  • October: 12th & 26th

Sunday  Scheduled 2024 Dates

  • April:  14th, 21st & 28th
  • May:  12th, 19th 26th 
  • June: 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd & 30th
  • July: 7th, 14th & 28th
  • August: 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th, & 26th
  • September: 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd & 29th
  • October: 6th, 13th, 20th & 27th


  • Churnet Valley Railway, Staffordshire
  • Departing from and returning to Froghall Station, Stoke-on-Trent

Suitable For

  • Minimum age 8
  • Under 18s must be accompanied by a participating adult

Anything Else

  • The railway does not guarantee that trains will depart as stated and reserves the right to cancel or alter any trains without prior notice and change the motive power for whatever reason. No liability for loss, inconvenience or delay can be accepted
  • Parking: There is free parking at Froghall with limited Disabled Parking. We advise that you arrive at least 20 minutes prior to departure


4.9 out of 5 stars

Average Rating: 4.9
Total Reviews: 23

Find out what other customers think of the experience


  based on 23 reviews

Rating: 5 stars
Michael Dawes
Great experience. Staff excellent and food very good standard. Would certainly recommend.
Rating: 5 stars
Tim Hurst
2 Months ago
The organisation to date has been excellent and very professional
Rating: 5 stars
Lisa Overton
2 Months ago
This was a lovely day out. The train was really authentic, the food was lovely and the staff were ...
Rating: 5 stars
2 Months ago
Lovely gift that was purchased from Into The Blue. Easy to buy lovely presentation package for a gi...
Rating: 5 stars
Gordon Feild

Very well organised. Delicious food and and a very enjoyable afternoon.

Rating: 5 stars
8 Months ago

Amazing day great food lovely people loved every minute of it would definitely do again

Rating: 5 stars
8 Months ago

It's was that good we joined the membership

Rating: 5 stars
Brett Kelly
8 Months ago

Got it for my wife’s birthday, fantastic food was delicious atmosphere brilliant can’t fault it

Rating: 5 stars
Mick Clark
8 Months ago
Sunday Lunch on the steam train was lovely, despite it being a very hot day!! Only downside for us ...
Rating: 5 stars
Julian Coole
It was it was a lovely experience. The food was marvellous, staff on the train were very courteous...
Rating: 5 stars
Andy Frost
Disappointed that the steam train was not operating due to mechanical problems - but that couldn't ...
Rating: 5 stars
Sharon Bell
Everything was perfect apart from sharing a table with another couple that we didn't know which spo...
Rating: 5 stars
Robert Lee
A great relaxing day.
Rating: 5 stars
Mark H
We had great meal on the Churnet Valley Railway… lovely food and very welcoming staff… Into the Blu...
Rating: 5 stars
Everything went like clockwork, apart from the train which was steam hauled. We had a lovely day. T...
Rating: 5 stars
Martin Goodstadt
Lovely day out Meal was excellent Service was top class and all the staff were so friendly
Rating: 5 stars
Bob Molnar
Really, really good. Great time on the Steam Train Sunday Lunch experience on Churnet Valley Railw...
Rating: 5 stars
A lovely day out. The meal was excellent and the service and friendliness of the staff couldn't be...
Rating: 5 stars
clive lewis
All ok thanks
Rating: 5 stars
Neil Ingram
An excellent day out. Meal and service was excellent
Rating: 5 stars
Cath green
We had a lovely day everything and ever one lovely. Just one thing the main course not very not muc...
Rating: 4 stars
A Trusted Customer
We had a lovely day for a late Christmas present. The staff at the station and on the train were lo...
Rating: 5 stars
Kathryn Godfrey
Excellent surprise gift for a good friend's birthday. We had a great experience of a relaxing ride ...