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Somerset Railway Cream Tea

East Somerset Railway, Shepton Mallet
Rated Based On 13 Reviews

  • Cream tea served on the Mendip Belle
  • Travel 5 miles on the steam hauled train
  • Visit the engine shed, workshop etc
  • Ride other scheduled trains during the day


What's Included

  • Steam hauled round trip along the East Somerset Railway line
  • Enjoy a traditional cream tea travelling through the rolling hills of Somerset in the first class dining carriage
  • Scones are served with local clotted cream, butter and strawberry jam with a pot of tea (coffee also available)
  • Opportunity to visit the Engine Shed and Workshop and other points of interest around the railway
  • In addition to your cream tea train, guests are welcome to travel on earlier trains as well for no additional charge

What Can I Expect

Somerset Railway's cream tea - mix the picturesque Mendip Hills with a heritage railway and a healthy dollop of clotted cream and you've got a fabulous cream tea experience!

Enjoy the simple pleasures in life, as your vintage train carriage ambles along the tracks. Outside, the stunning South West scenery drifts past your window, whilst inside steaming cups of tea and delicious scones are being served at your table.

For this most quintessential of English pastimes, you'll catch the 15:30 Mendip Belle service from Cranmore station, which is the main base for the lively and friendly East Somerset Railway.

With beautifully renovated dining carriages, there's no better way to appreciate train travel the way it should be. Relax into the soft, comfy seats around your table, draw back the curtains to take in the magnificent rural views and tuck into plain scones with butter, jam and clotted cream, served with a pot of tea or coffee.

Along your route you'll stop at Cranmore West, as well as Merryfield Lane Halt. The end of the line is Mendip Vale and this is where the steam train engine uncouples from the carriages and 'runs around' to the opposite end, ready for your return journey. This process takes around 15 minutes, so you've got plenty of time to polish off your cream tea and step off the steam train, to take photos and appreciate the views. Then it's time for the return journey, with passengers disembarking at Cranmore.

And remember, you can ride other scheduled services before your booked Cream Tea train departure. You can also visit the engine sheds and workshops (a rarity amongst heritage railways these days), so it's well worth a full day out. Buy your Somerset Railway cream tea vouchers online now!


  • Selected weekdays and weekends usually from April to October
  • Cream tea trains depart at 15.30
  • Dates are subject to availability
  • Due to popularity it is recommended you book well in advance to avoid disappointment
  • All dates are subject to availability
2024 (availability is now limited)
  • 31st August
  • 1st & 15th September
  • 2nd October

2025 (further dates from May onwards will be released soon)

  • 22nd & 29th March
  • 5th, 12th, 18th, 19th, 20th, 21st & 26th April


  • Cranmore Station, Shepton Mallet

Suitable For

  • A minimum of two vouchers must be booked for this experience
  • Under 17s must be accompanied by a participating adult


  • Not suitable for spectators

Anything Else

  • Gluten free scones also available but need to be specified at time of booking
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4 out of 5 stars

Average Rating: 4
Total Reviews: 13

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  based on 13 reviews

Rating: 4 stars
Ann W.
Received as a gift, this experience was a delight, staff were helpful and friendly, the guard a lov...
Rating: 4 stars
Barry Trowsdale
Would recommend this event really enjoyed the experience. scones delicious and staff very helpful...
Rating: 4 stars
Steve H
A lovely relaxing afternoon. Delicious scones with clotted cream and strawberry jam and a pot of te...
Rating: 4 stars
C m levett
Interesting to see track preserved but journey very short. The cream tea was served by pleasant sta...
Rating: 4 stars
A Lewis
Rating: 4 stars
a very nice day out
Rating: 4 stars
Brian Hughes
Interesting and enjoyable but the present length of track is ridiculously short and the train never...
Rating: 4 stars
terence pope
Enjoyed the experience to ride on a steam train again, it brought back memories from our youth and ...
Rating: 4 stars
Thought the trip would have been longer
Rating: 4 stars
Christine Taylor
We had a really lovely afternoon. The cream tea was delicious and the staff were very friendly and...
Rating: 4 stars
Brian Mayell
I had great difficulty in finding the station. I was expecting to see a brown board at the side of ...
Rating: 4 stars
Customer Review from Feefo,
Service rating - excellent: They are kind and helpful, thanks. Package very nice and Christmasy... ...
Rating: 4 stars
Paul Gregory
What a lovely day my partner and myself had, we travelled up from Devon we had a great day.