The Anonymous Widower

The Best Meal I’ve Ever Had On A Scheduled Train

I’ve eaten on many trains and used to regularly enjoy breakfast on Ipswich to London in the past, when they had a dining car. In some ways the most memorable was a return from Teeside to London behind a Class 55, where the driver showed what a Deltic could do.

I’ve also travelled with C on the Eastern and Oriental Express.

But no meal on a train could compare with the one I ate going from Paddington to St. Ives in one of First Great Western’s InterCity 125s. They call it Pullman Fine Dining.

I had found out that they were serving lunch on the 11:30 from Paddington, so I booked myself on that train. There was a bit of a mix-up between the train times and the web site, but as you can see, I got my high-class lunch.

As a coeliac, what really impressed me was the professional way they dealt with allergies. In fact, if anybody wants to open a restaurant, they could do no better than copy the openness.

The two courses I ate were excellent, as was the service.

I do hope that this form of catering leads to similar offerings on other lines.

There was only two things wrong with the meal.

I had to eat it by myself and it would have been so much better with a travelling companion.

The other was that First Great Western don’t have a card, which says when this service is offered. I’m off to Cardiff on Tuesday, so could I get lunch on the way down?

October 15, 2014 - Posted by | Food, Transport | , ,

6 Comments »

  1. Sounds lovely – was it horribly expensive if you don’t mine my asking.

    Comment by nosnikrapzil | October 18, 2014 | Reply

    • I paid £37 for two courses and a glass of wine. But you don’t have to be booked First Class. So I think for most people it’s a special occasion. On the other hand to get the same comfort and level of food on a steam special, you’ll probably be paying over £200 a person for a journey which is shorter.

      I would certainly use it again.

      Comment by AnonW | October 18, 2014 | Reply

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