Events & Experiences

The Quantock Belle Dining Train

TICKETS FOR THE QUANTOCK BELLE ARE ON SALE NOW. TICKETS CAN ONLY BE PURCHASED OVER THE PHONE BY CALLING…

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West Somerset Railway

TICKETS FOR THE QUANTOCK BELLE ARE ON SALE NOW. TICKETS CAN ONLY BE PURCHASED OVER THE PHONE BY CALLING 01643 704996. 

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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TRADITIONAL SUNDAY ROAST LUNCHEON

Inclusive fare £49.50

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, including one hand-made by our local "pudding man” Dave.

MID-WEEK SUMMER LUNCHEON and a CREAM TEA

Inclusive fare £49.50

New for 2017. Join us on selected Wednesdays during the summer for a delicious cold meat 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.

This service will also operate on Sunday 3rd September during the Railway’s Late Summer Weekend special event with a chilled roast honey and dill salmon main course. .

SUMMER SATURDAY EVENING DINNER

Inclusive fare £49.50

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

SATURDAY DINNER MENU

SOUP

Homemade Leek & Potato

ENTRÉE

Smoked Salmon Pate

MAIN

Somerset Chicken Breast in Rich Tomato, Balsamic and Fresh Basil Sauce

Baby New Potatoes

Fresh Seasonal Vegetables

 

DESSERT

Deep filled Apple Pie with cream or custard

Somerset Strawberry Cheesecake

A  Selection of Cheeses served with Biscuits

Tea and coffee

 

DUNSTER BY CANDLELIGHT

Inclusive fare £49.50

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, featuring Pork, Apple, Sage and Onion Casserole to get you in the festive mood.  Seasonal fare and continuous tea or coffee is provided during the return journey.

TRADITIONAL CHRISTMAS LUNCH

Inclusive fare £59.50

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, including one hand-made by our local "pudding man” Dave.

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 on a first-come first-served basis.  We endeavour to closely replicate British Railways restaurant car operations on these dates.

Spring Steam Gala:   Friday 28th April, Saturday 29th April, Sunday 30th April
Diesel Gala & Rail Ale Trail:  Friday 9th June,  Saturday 10th June,  Sunday 11th June
Autumn Steam Gala:  Friday 6th October,  Saturday 7th October,  Sunday 8th October
Winter Steam Gala:  Saturday 30th December