Afternoon Tea

23rd September (FULL), 14th October, 2nd, 9th and 22nd December*

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On Friday 15th September at approximately 04:30 Broom Lane Bridge, located around 3/4 mile from High Rocks Station, near to the Adams Well Campsite was struck by a lorry.


We have unfortunately suffered bridge strikes here before however this time it is severe. The lorry has caused damage to a flange outstand at midspan, this is the central beam on Broom Lane Bridge and it has also as a result removed tension control bolts and rivets that are supporting.


The damage done by the lorry to the bridge is such that we cannot now operate any trains over it until it is repaired by our Contract Bridge Engineers, an inspection by them and our Consultant Civil Engineer took place on Monday 18th September, the nature of the repairs are now known and plans well underway to make it happen. We are working as quickly as possible to ensure the repairs are done at the earliest opportunity so we can return trains to Groombridge & Eridge.


This means that for the time being, until the bridge is repaired, the Spa Valley Railway is unable to operate trains beyond Adams Well in the direction of Groombridge.


Until the situation is resolved, can passengers please use the information below regarding their journey.

Arrive at 14:00 to board at 14:15 and travel out on the 14:30 service and the 15:30 service, back around 16:00. The train ride now only takes about 25 minutes for a round trip. Subject to availability it is scheduled to be steam hauled.

Afternoon Tea in the High Weald

The Spa Valley Railway is delighted to offer Afternoon Tea on board one of our heritage 1960s carriages whilst you have a wonderful ride through the High Weald countryside. Treat your friends and family or even take loved one out for a special occasion, this is how you travel in style! Prices start at just £64.95 per couple (which is just £32.50 each!)

Thursday Afternoon Tea:
Board your train at Tunbridge Wells West for 14:30 and be shown to your seat. The train will depart at 15:00 for a complete return trip to Groombridge. Your Afternoon Tea service will commence prior to departure and it can be found in Afternoon Tea Baskets on your table. The train will return to Tunbridge Wells West for 16:00, you will continue to remain on board prior to departing the train at 16:30 having had a scrumptious tea!

At Groombridge there’ll be plenty of time to look at the Steam engine once the train returns to the platform.

Saturday or Sunday Afternoon Tea:
Board your train at Tunbridge Wells West for 14:30 and be shown to your seat. The train will depart for 14:45 hauled by one of our powerful 1960’s Heritage Diesel Locomotives. You will travel to Eridge station enjoying a wonderful afternoon tea en route, which will be at your tables in Afternoon Tea Baskets ready for you. At Eridge as your train arrives you’ll be able to see the Steam engine ready to haul your train back up the hill to Tunbridge Wells West. Return to Tunbridge Wells West will be at 15:20 arriving at Tunbridge Wells West at 15:50, however if you wish you can remain on the train for a further round trip to Eridge.

The Afternoon Tea Menu
Three finger sandwiches with fillings:
Smoked Salmon with Cracked Black Pepper & Lemon
Free Range Egg Mayonnaise with Rocket
Baked Ham & Wholegrain Mustard
Scone with Jam & Clotted Cream
Afternoon Tea Cakes
Chocolate & Raspberry Slice
Lemon Meringue Cheesecake
Fruit & Cream filled Tartlet
Mini Shortbread Biscuit
A selection of teas:
English Breakfast
Earl Grey (Cut Lemon)
Decaffeinated Tea
Or Coffees:
Filter Coffee
Decaffeinated Coffee

Our tickets are sold in 'Tables of Two' or 'Tables of Four', it is just £64.95 per couple on a table of two or £129.95 per group of four sat at a table of four. We are unable to sell odd numbered seats for this service. Included in the price is the train travel and the Afternoon Tea itself, at approximately £32.50 per person that is quite a bargin!

Sparkling Wine (additional price)
Vino Spumante Prosecco - 10.5%
75cl – £20.00 per bottle, 20cl – £7.50 per bottle 
This elegant Prosecco Spumante has delicate lemon fruit notes and a refreshing lively style.

Click here to download our full Wine List, click here to download our full Drinks Menu

Terms & Conditions for all dining trains can be found by clicking this link

*Picture is for illustrative purposes only

Booking information

For this service you can only book a complete 'Table for 2 Persons' or a 'Table for 4 Persons'.

Ensure you book the correct number of tables for the people in your party. Coach C is the only carriage available for this service.

On some occasions it may be necessary to seat customers who have purchased a 'Table for 2 Persons' on a 'Table for 4 Persons'. It may therefore be that you are sat opposite another couple at a 'Table for 4 Persons' should there not be enough tables of two.

Note that a £10 admin fee applies to all booking alterations.

For our full refund, cancellations and alterations please see here.


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