Events & Experiences

The Quantock Belle Dining Train

The Quantock Belle operates on the scenic West Somerset Railway between Bishops Lydeard (near Taunton)…

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The Quantock Belle operates on the scenic West Somerset Railway between Bishops Lydeard (near Taunton) and Minehead, recreating that wonderful, nostalgic atmosphere of the great days of steam.  Our diners enjoy good food and excellent company as the train wends its way through the beautiful Quantock Hills, past the ancient port of Watchet and along the coast to Blue Anchor Bay.

Whatever the occasion may be – a special anniversary or birthday celebration, a cosy dinner for two, or a Sunday lunch out – we are sure you will find dining on the Quantock Belle a delightful and memorable experience.

The Quantock Belle operates on a limited number of dates each year and is extremely popular.  Advance booking is therefore mandatory.  Your fare includes:

  • Return travel at your reserved dining table;
  • A four-course meal with tea or coffee served during the journey;
  • Value Added Tax, as applicable.

A comprehensive bar service, including a varied wine list and soft drinks, is provided to your table by our attentive liveried stewards throughout the day and charged towards the end of your return journey.

A vegetarian option (homemade gluten and dairy-free) is available as an alternative to all advertised menus but must be notified at time of booking.

We arrive at Minehead on conclusion of your main course where there will be an opportunity to take the sea air and have a leg stretch while our steam locomotive is serviced and readied for the return journey.  Dessert is served soon after we set off again, followed by a continuous tea and coffee service.  On selected Sunday lunchtimes during the Summer months we will offer a longer layover in Minehead (approximately two hours). These dates are denoted by an asterisk (*) in the schedule.

We are confident you will have a wonderful and memorable day out with us and we look forward to seeing you on "the QB" soon.

The Quantock Belle is also available for private charter.  Please call the Catering Manager on 01643 704996 if you would like to discuss ideas for group outings or special celebrations.

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Prices
Multiple Events are in this category

Prices for this event could vary from day to day, click the links above to see prices for your chosen date.

TRADITIONAL SUNDAY ROAST LUNCHEON

Inclusive fare £55.00 per person 

Sunday Luncheon menus feature a Roast of the Day, selected from beef, pork or lamb, accompanied by a soup course, homemade entrées, fresh seasonal vegetables and choice of desserts,

MENU

ENTRÉE

Smoked Salmon Pate with dill and fresh lemon 

SOUP

 Homemade carrot and coriander soup with bread roll and butter. 

MAIN

Roast of the day with all the trimmings, salt and black pepper roast potatoes, fresh seasonal vegetables. 

DESSERT

Hand made deep-filled spiced apple pie with custard or cream, or fruit cheesecake or fresh fruit salad. 

Tea and coffee service 

Roast of the day:

15 April – Beef

29th April – Lamb

6th May – Pork

20th May – Beef

3rd June – Lamb

15th July – Pork

19th August (Heritage Diesel Hauled Service)– Beef

2nd September – Lamb

23rd September – Pork

7th October – Beef

14th October – Lamb

28th October – Venison 

MID-WEEK SUMMER LUNCHEON and a CREAM TEA

Inclusive fare £55.00 per person

Join us on selected Wednesdays during the summer for a delicious cold salmon platter, served with a selection of different salads using fresh ingredients sourced from around the beautiful County of Somerset.  A summer soup and a homemade entrée will precede the main course.  Following a short break at Minehead a traditional Somerset Cream Tea will be served during the return journey.

MENU

ENTRÉE

Homemade smoked cheese and vine tomato pastry

SOUP

Vichyssoise with bread roll and butter

MAIN

Chilled roast honey salmon fillet served with a selection of seasonal salads 

DESSERT

Somerset Cream Tea 

SUMMER SATURDAY EVENING DINNER

Inclusive fare £55.00 per person 

Summer evening dining trains to enjoy the light evenings and glorious sunsets through the Quantocks.

SATURDAY DINNER MENU

ENTRÉE

Prawn, cucumber and avacado mousse.

SOUP

Homemade Carrot and coriander with bread roll and butter 

MAIN

Somerset Chicken Breast with white wine and terragon sauce, baby new potatoes and fresh seasonal vegetables.

DESSERT

Gin and Tonic cheesecake or fresh fruit salad or cheese and biscuits

 Tea and coffee with mints.

 

DUNSTER BY CANDLELIGHT

Inclusive fare £55.00 per person. 

See the beautiful village of Dunster illuminated entirely by candlelight.  The Quantock Belle will transport you to Minehead, where you transfer to reserved road transport to complete your journey to a magically lit Dunster village.  A three-course meal is served during your outward journey. 

MENU

CANAPES

MAIN

Pork, Apple, Sage and Onion Casserole served with new potatoes. 

DESSERT

Hand Made Deep Filled Spiced Apple Pie with Custard or Cream or Fresh Fruit Salad. 

TRADITIONAL CHRISTMAS LUNCH

Inclusive fare £65.00 per person 

Christmas Sunday Luncheon of roast turkey with all the traditional festive trimmings, accompanied by a soup course, homemade entrées, fresh seasonal vegetables and a choice of desserts, 

MENU

ENTREE

Duck Liver and Pork Pate with orange and cognac liqueur, served with melba toast and salad garnish. 

SOUP

Homemade parsnip soup with bread roll and butter 

MAIN

Traditional Roast Turkey with all the trimmings, thyme and garlic roast potatoes, fresh seasonal vegetables. 

DESSERT

Christmas Pudding with cream or brandy custard or Chocolate Mayhem or Fresh Fruit Salad, 

Tea and coffee service with seasonal fare. 

GALA EVENT RESTAURANT CAR SERVICES

On selected dates during West Somerset Railway gala events the Quantock Belle serves Full English Breakfasts and Hot Lunches.  These services are ‘walk on’ and cannot be booked in advance.  On these dates our restaurant car is open to all WSR ticket holders the first service will be pre bookable for breakfast, the remaining services will be on a first come first served basis. We endeavour to closely replicate British Railways restaurant car operations on these dates.

Spring Steam Gala:   22nd - 25th March 2018
Diesel Gala: 8th - 10th June 2018 
Autumn Steam Gala: 27th - 30th September 2018
Winter Steam Gala:  29th & 30th December 2018