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Saturday Steam Luncheon in Leicestershire

Loughborough, Great Central Station   

  • A 'runabout ticket' for the day
  • Roam around the platform, workshops and museums
  • A delicious steam train luncheon
  • From Great Central Station in Loughborough

What's Included

  • Three-course lunch with coffee and mints served aboard The South Yorkshireman
  • Enjoy a leisurely steam train journey through Charnwood's countryside
  • Your meal is served during the journey aboard the first class restaurant cars
  • There is generally a pause on Swithland viaduct with views across the reservoir to Charnwood Forest
  • A 'runabout ticket' allowing unlimited rail travel for the day
  • Opportunity to roam around the platform and museums
  • Your table on the steam train luncheon departure is reserved for you
  • The train journey lasts approximately one and a half hours

What Can I Expect

All aboard the South Yorkshireman for a superb steam train lunch in Loughborough! This year round Saturday service runs on the renowned and much-loved Great Central Railway line and departs from the main base at Loughborough Central station. It's also one of our most popular of all our experiences!

The beautifully restored carriages of the South Yorkshireman immediately transport you back to the truly golden age of steam trains. Unlike modern rail services, these Loughborough luncheon departures ensure you will definitely get a seat (and it's a large, armchair-style comfy one at that) and a table (fully set for dining with proper cutlery and crockery), when you book for these first class restaurant cars.

As you roll gently out of Loughborough, you can sit back in your seat, watch the plumes of steam billowing from the train's locomotive and enjoy the stunning vistas of the unspoilt countryside. Your three course meal will be served at your table by the courteous and smartly dressed service team and includes a choice of main dishes in a classic British cuisine style, with vegetarian options too. What you might not realise is that there is a kitchen car onboard, where all the food is prepared and plated - quite a feat!

Midway through your steam adventure, the train will glide to a halt, whilst you are eating your lunch, on one of the loveliest spots in the Loughborough area - the viaduct that spans the Swithland Reservoir. Chances are you'll see wildfowl enjoying the tranquility of the water and we think there is no better way to spend a Saturday lunch time than this!

Once you arrive at the end of the line in Leicester North, your plates will have been collected and you'll most likely fancy a little refreshing walk, so here's where you can get off the train, have a look around the station and then hop back onboard for your return journey and your coffee and mints.

Every diner booked on the steam train lunch from Loughborough also has a first class 'runabout' ticket giving you unlimited travel for the day of your experience, so you can make the most of it and see all the attractions on the eight miles of mainline track and three other stations. Other steam train trips are available.


  • Most Saturday lunchtimes from January through to mid-November
  • Departures are at 13:00, returning at approximately 14:45
  • On booking, the operator may ask for you to make your menu choices in advance
  • Seating is generally on tables accommodating two or four people (if tables for two are fully booked you will be on a shared table accommodating up to four)
  • To ensure social distancing and the use of track and trace, there is at present a limited daytime service with all seats pre-bookable online on a compartment basis


  • The trains depart from and returns to Great Central Station in Loughborough
  • Head south, for around 4 miles where the train pauses to take in the beautiful views from the Swithland viaduct, near Rothley
  • The train follows the same route North back to Great Central Station
  • The Central station has good access from the M1 (J23) and A6

Suitable For

  • Minimum age 5
  • Under 18s must be accompanied by a participating adult
  • There are disabled facilities available on site
  • The dining car is not suitable for wheelchairs


  • Spectators wanting to see off the train will need to buy a platform ticket which allows access to the museums

Anything Else

  • There are full facilities on board the trains and at the stations
  • The operator can also assist and advise on local accommodation in the area


Average Rating 4
Total Reviews 112
Recommend to Friend 104
about 4 years ago
had wonderful journey on the steam train. the food was excellent and beautifully served. couldn't fault staff they were very attentive. thoroughly enjoyed my experience
lena parisi
about 4 years ago
This was a really great experience for me and my fiancée. The whole thing was excellent. The staff were friendly and attentive and the food was simply fantastic. Coupled with the whole steam experience, we had a thoroughly enjoyable time.
about 4 years ago
The romance of travelling in a Pullman Car, hauled by a British-built steam locomotive, was enhanced by the excellent food and absolutely first class service provided by the waiters. The whole event oozed with class.
Alan Sutton
about 4 years ago
What a great way to spend a lunchtime. Hauled by a steam locomotive with excellent food, wine and service from the staff.
Graham Daniels
about 4 years ago
Enjoyable gift to receive.revived old memories of the way we used to travel wonderful smell of the steam train,private carriages pleasant and informative staff .the food provided was excellent hot well cooked and served by polite and friendly staff.this was a wonderful and totally enjoyable experience.
Betty Burrows
Delivery TypeDelivery TimePrice
Standard DeliveryEstimated 2-3 days - Most delivered next working day*£1.95
Weekly Special DeliveryGuaranteed next working day£7.50
Saturday Special DeliverySaturdays Only£11.70
European Delivery3 - 5 working days£4.50
Rest of World Delivery5 - 7 working days£6.50

All orders places before 4pm will be dispatched the same working day

* 93% delivered next working day

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Vouchers are usually valid for 20 months from the date of purchase (unless otherwise stated) and shall become invalid on the expiry date. The expiry date is set out on the Voucher. Vouchers may be extended for a further 23 months on payment of an admin fee of £10 plus any increase that may have taken place for that activity since the original date of purchase. Please note that some Vouchers cannot be extended; this will be stated on the Voucher. PLEASE NOTE: You must book and take your experience before the before the expiry date of the voucher.
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