'High Weald Belle' Luncheon & Dining Trains 2018 dates now available

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Dine in style at the Spa Valley Railway!

The High Weald Belle, proudly brought to you by the Spa Valley Railway and The Complete Lunch, is our popular dining train that operates on selected Saturday evenings and Sunday lunchtimes throughout the year.

Travelling on the High Weald Belle, so named after the glorious countryside our railway passes through, you will be able to experience a traditional pastime of dining on a moving train hauled by one of our Steam and/or Heritage Diesel locomotives. Our wonderful caterers, the Complete Lunch, will provide you with an enjoyable and unforgettable dining experience as you travel on the beautiful Spa Valley line. Step on board our restored 1960s carriages for the experience of a life time.

When booking tickets online, please ensure you click the "choose your seats" option at the top of the page after you have entered your menu requirements.  This will open the seating for the train and you click on anything that is highlighted in blue to select your seats.  This then takes you back to the same page where you can then go to the bottom of the page and click checkout.  This then takes you to the page where you add your address and payment details to complete your booking.

If you have any dietary requirements (gluten free, vegetarian etc.) please add this at the time of booking. It is impossible for us to make alternative arrangements on the day.


Saturday evening dining 2018
Our Saturday evening trains are the perfect place for bringing together family and friends in a unique location whilst enjoying the Great British Roast!

Arrive at Tunbridge Wells West station from 18:00 where you will be greeted with a complimentary drink plus canapes in the Victorian engine shed. You will board the train at 18:45 and travel in two of our beatifully restored 1960s carriages. Departure by Steam is at 19:00 heading to Groombridge. Upon arrival at Groombridge the locomotive will make its way from one end of the train to the other prior to returning to Tunbridge Wells West. There is a futher journey to Groombridge with arrival back at Tunbridge Wells West at approximately 22:00.

What’s included in the ticket price?

  • Two return journey's from Tunbridge Wells West to Groombridge with Steam
  • Welcome drinks reception in our Victorian Engine Shed
  • At seat waiting service
  • A traditional four course meal (Canapés, Starter, Main & Dessert)
  • After dinner tea, coffee & mints

Saturday evening Dining Prices:

  • Table of Two - £110
  • Table of Four - £220

Our High Weald Belle Dining trains operate on selected Saturday Evenings from March to December. They depart from Tunbridge Wells West Station at 19:00 and return for approximately 22:00

Please note that whilst every effort is made to operate a Steam locomotive when advertised, in unavoidable circumstances a Heritage Diesel may be used.


Sunday Luncheon 2018
Our Sunday lunch trains are the perfect place for bringing together family and friends in a unique location whilst enjoying the Great British Sunday Roast!

Boarding at Eridge station from 12:30 you will travel in two of our beatifully restored 1960s carriages. Departure by Steam is at 12:50 heading to Tunbridge Wells West. The train will pause briefly at Groombridge & High Rocks whilst heading through the High Weald countryside. Upon arrival in the Spa town of Royal Tunbridge Wells the locomotive will make its way from one end of the train to the other prior to returning to Eridge. Our second return trip is hauled by one of our wonderfully restored Heritage Diesel locomotives, some are now over 50yrs old! Our return to Eridge will be at approximately 15:45 where you'll have further opportunity to see the locomotives again following your journey.

What’s included in the ticket price?

  • Two return journey's from Eridge to Tunbridge Wells West with Steam and Heritage Diesel
  • At seat waiting service
  • A traditional three course meal (Starter, Main & Dessert)

2018 Dining Prices:

  • Table of Two - £90
  • Table of Four - £180

Our High Weald Belle Dining trains operate on selected Sunday afternoons from February to December. They depart from Eridge Station at 12:50 and return for approximately 15:45.

Please note that whilst every effort is made to operate a Steam locomotive when advertised, in unavoidable circumstances a Heritage Diesel may be used.


Sample High Weald Belle Menu:

Starter
Homemade "Chefs special" Chicken & Pork Pâté

Vegetarian Option:

Mushroom Pâté

Both served with Fresh Salad Leaves, Malted Baguette

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Main

Roast Beef, Yorkshire Pudding, Horseradish Sauce
Vegetarian Option: 

Stuffed Red Pepper with Tomato Rice & Mint
Both served with Roasted Potatoes, Seasonal Vegetables, Gravy

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Dessert
Lemon & Almond Tart


Wine List
All of our White, Red and Rosé wine is sold at £17 per bottle. It is also available at £5.00 per glass.

White
Mondelli Pinot Grigio – 12%
This classic Pinot Grigio shows enticing aromas of citrus fruit and pear drops.
Hardys Varietial Chardonnay – 13%
A delicious dry Chardonnay with rich varietal melon and peach fllavours.
Mc Guingan Estate Sauvignon Blanc – 11%
A fine Sauvignon Blanc wine of delightful fresh and bright aromas with bold fruit flavours of zesty citrus and gooseberry.

Red
Mc Guingan Estate Merlot 12.5%
A wine with rich fruit flavours of plum and red berry, balanced by subtle oak.
Campo Viejo Rioja Tempranillo - 13.5%
A cherry red colour, its rich aromas have a pronounced intensity with an initial scent of ripe red fruit followed by gentle sweet notes of vanilla and spices.

Rosé

Blossom Hill White Zinfandel Rosé - 10%
A medium bodied wine filled with delightful aromas of strawberries and the flavour of red, ripe watermelon.

Sparkling
TVino 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.

You can download our Drinks & Wine Lists below, these are subject to change dependent on stock availability.

Please note that only drinks purchased on board from our waiting staff may be consumed on any Spa Valley Railway dining trains. Diners who wish to bring their own wine (including sparkling) or champagne will be charged corkage per bottle at: £17 wine, £20 champagne and £25 wine box. 


Private hire High Weald Belle
Our High Weald Belle dining train is available for private hire on days we're already operating or on days when the railway is otherwise closed to the general public. This must be pre-booked at least two months in advance, and is dependent on our own services and our caterers availability.

We can cater for up to 78 guests on board our High Weald Belle and even take you from either Tunbridge Wells, Groombridge or Eridge stations to a destination on our line of your choice! Welcome drinks receptions, canapés and even footplate rides can be arranged along with our traditional offering of a three course meal. This is the perfect way to celebrate that all important anniversary, birthday or even a Wedding Breakfast.

Prices for private hire High Weald Belle start at £45 per person for Sunday Luncheon and £55 for Saturday Dining. On days when we are not already operating then our High Weald Belle prices as already stated however a private hire fee of £1,500 also applies. This fee includes use of the Spa Valley Railway with a Steam locomotive and carriages for up to four return trips between Tunbridge Wells West & Groombridge, this fee does not lower if less trips are undertaken.

To get a firm quote and discuss your requirements for a private hire High Weald Belle please contact our General Manager here. The prices quoted above may vary depedent on your own requirements, the minimum private hire fee is £1,500.


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

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. Please select Coach C as your choice of seats first wherever possible, if unavailable please select Coach B.

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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