The Spa Valley Railway offers a number of refreshment options to passengers. These include our static buffet car 'Emily' at Tunbridge Wells, the refreshment bars at Groombridge and Eridge, and of course our award winning Bar Car 'Kate', which we endeavour to run on all yellow and green timetable trains, plus during many special events.
Emily - With FREE wifi!
'Emily' is an ex-mainline Sussex Coast electric train buffet car, and now lives in the platform at Tunbridge Wells. She is open on most running days. The menu includes teas, coffees and soft drinks, hot pasties, bacon sandwiches (when available), sausage rolls, sandwiches and crisps, as well as a range of fresh cakes.
We now also have free wifi in 'Emily' which is available for all our visitors whilst they enjoy a fine pot of tea!
Emily is available and the perfect venue for children's parties, especially birthdays! These events include a ride on the train and then a party in the buffet, we can even provide a party box per child for an afternoon snack plus some goodies!
'Kate', our award winning on train Bar Car which was refurbished in 2013, can be found in most service trains, with her uniformed waiting staff serving a range of refreshments as you roll along through the Kent and Sussex countryside. Converted from a former passenger coach, Kate sells teas, coffees, beer, wine, spirits and food including doughnuts and scones. Her cream teas are the stuff of legend, and on some special days, real ale from local breweries is on tap. Kate is available for hire for your special day; birthdays, weddings and corporate events are very popular!
High Weald Belle Dining & Luncheon Trains
We run regular Sunday 'High Weald Belle' Luncheon Trains with a three course meal served at your seat, plus our great value Fish and Chip specials, where passengers can enjoy this most English of meals whilst travelling through the lovely Wealden countryside. We also run a very popular New Year's Eve High Weald Belle which includes Fireworks and a five course meal! We also run Saturday evening dining trains, including the run up to Christmas.
Fish & Chips
Throughout the year we run very popular Fish & Chip Supper or Lunch trains, these run on Saturday evenings or Thursday lunch times.
On some of our regular service trains we operate a wonderful Afternoon Tea service where you can enjoy a delightful train ride through the High Weald countryside whilst tucking into a freshly prepared high tea. These services must be pre-booked and are only operated on selected days in our calendar.
The Groombridge Station Refreshment Kiosk has been developed by the FROGS (Friends Of Groombridge Station!). This building was formerly a farm shop selling asparagus near Tunbridge Wells. It has been completely refurbished to meet current standards, and sells a full range of light refreshments. As you'd expect (!), ice creams are also available, and there are a number of picnic benches on the platform, both in the open and under cover.