The Anonymous Widower

On The 10:45 From Paddington

I went to Cardiff taking the 10:45 out of Paddington. I chose this train as it features First Great Western’s Pullman Dining.

I had a simple brunch consisting of the most exquisite kedgeree, washed down with juice and a lot of genuine English tea. By the latter, I really do mean tea grown in Cornwall.

This is certainly the way to go to South Wales. First Great Western say this about booking on most trains except the ones that leave around 18:00.

Pullman Dining services are open to all ticket holders although, on busy services, priority is given to First Class ticket holders. Please contact the Pullman Service Leader when you board to request a table in the restaurant. Pullman Dining services do not operate on weekends or public holidays.

When did booking a meal in a high class restaurant be so easy?

The train I was on, also called at Reading at 11:10, gets to Cardiff at 12:46 and then goes on to Swansea, reaching there at 13.44, so it is very convenient for a lot of journeys.

The only problem was that the actual train I was on, didn’t have the wi-fi fully installed. I read that this should be running and free in the New Year.

I do hope that this concept succeeds, as travellers like me, who aren’t strapped for cash, will certainly use this type of service as a treat.

My First Class ticket, which I bought on-line the day before, cost me £31.55  and I paid £18.00 for the lunch, with its excellent food and service.

As I have been known to take the occasional day out in Bristol, I do wish a similar service was offered to there. And what about services to Torquay and Cheltenham?

Obviously, First Great Western know the economics and they certainly have a whole fleet of InterCity125s, with which they can run the service.

So will we still see these magnificent trains reborn as high-class leisure trains serving the West Country for upwards of twenty years in the future? I suspect we will, as these trains seem to have more survival genes, than a whole pack of London mongrels.

Did Terry Miller and his team in Derby realise what they were creating?


December 3, 2014 - Posted by | Food, Transport | , ,

1 Comment »

  1. […] the best food on a scheduled train. Read about Pullman Dining and my experiences to Plymouth and Cardiff. To my mind, there’s no better way to go to Devon, Cornwall or South […]

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