Events & Experiences

Cheese and Cider Lunchtime Special 2020

Fresh local breads accompany a tasting of selected Somerset cheeses washed down by a pint of Somerset Cider or fresh apple juice drink.

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Cheese and Cider Lunchtime Special 2020


Closure due to Covid-19

We regret that the West Somerset Railway is currently closed due to the Covid-19 virus pandemic. We are fully complying with and following government guidance. At the present time we are not clear when the railway will reopen, but this information will be posted here, as soon as it becomes available.

We are working to maintain the railway, and plan to operate a service as soon as we can. We regret however that for the remainder of this year, 2020, all special events, including galas and dining trains, have been cancelled. (This information supersedes any information about these events elsewhere in this website. In some cases that information is still shown so that you may plan for the future.) No bookings for any of these events are being taken at the present time.

We are very sorry to have had to take these decisions, and we very much look forward to welcoming you back to the West Somerset Railway as soon as we are able to do so.


Fresh local breads accompany a tasting of selected Somerset cheeses washed down by a pint of Somerset Cider or fresh apple juice drink.

Please note that there are no child tickets on this lunchtime special. This special is for adults and seniors only. We regret no dogs allowed.

A lunchtime Special on the 12:40 train from Bishops Lydeard to Minehead.

This lunchtime Special Train is in support of local Somerset food producers. The lunch is a tasting of local Somerset cheeses, with garnish and freshly made local breads, washed down by a pint of Somerset Cider or fresh apple juice drink. Cheeses are supplied by local cheese makers such as The Exmoor Blue Cheese Company just a short distance from Bishops Lydeard Station. The Cider is made by Harry's Cider.

We also offer a combi ticket to purchase a Cream Tea on your return journey. Tickets for this are an additional £7.00

Our tables are arranged for parties of 4, so you may be seated with other passengers.

Tickets must be booked in advance.

By purchasing your tickets you are agreeing to the terms and conditions below. Please ensure your read them carefully. 


No dates for this event are available at the moment

Ticket Price
Adults/Seniors - Afternoon Cream Tea Add On £7.00
Adults/Seniors - Cheese & Cider Lunch £37.50
Adults/Seniors - Cream Tea add on £6.00
Cream Tea Add On £7.00
Terms and Conditions

Unfortunately we cannot issue any refunds for cancellations.

Once purchased on-line, tickets may not be used in conjunction with any other offer.

No ticket may be resold.

We reserve the right to refuse entry to late arrivals.

Any discounts or offers on-line are available for limited quantities and periods only and shall not be available on bookings made by phone or in person.

Please bring along your email print out or present your ticket on your mobile device whilst travelling. Please ensure you confirmation email is downloaded to your mobile device before travelling as signal is patchy along the line.

If you do not have a printer or mobile device please do not buy your tickets online and phone us as soon as possible to book on 01643 704996, we charge a £2.00 admin fee to print and post your tickets, whether that be to a home address or to Minehead or Bishops Lydeard Station. Unfortunately we are unable to arrange for collection from other stations.

Prices are correct at time of going to press and are subject to change without notification.

This ticket is issued subject to the Rules and Regulations of the West Somerset Railway PLC. Full details are available on request.
Please check your tickets as mistakes cannot be rectified.

It is the responsibility of the ticket holder to ascertain whether a service has been cancelled and the date and time of any rearranged service (this includes Diesel substitutions). If a service is cancelled or rescheduled, we will use reasonable endeavours to notify ticket holders of the cancellation once we have received the relevant authorisation from the West Somerset Railway PLC.

Please note that we cannot guarantee that ticket holders will be informed of such cancellation before the date of travel. Notices of changes to services will appear on our website as soon as possible and will also be notified on social media.

The management reserves the right to refuse admission should patrons breach any Rules and Regulations of the West Somerset Railway PLC. The management may on occasions have to conduct security searches to ensure the safety of the patrons.

A £5 administration fee per booking will be charged for any subsequent booking alteration. No refunds will be given once tickets are issued. The Management cannot be held responsible for any tickets which are lost or stolen. West Somerset Railway PLC reserves the right to cancel ticket bookings which it reasonably suspects to have been made fraudulently.

The West Somerset Railway PLC operates a No Smoking policy this includes e-cigarettes.

The unauthorized use of photographic and recording equipment for public use is prohibited.

The West Somerset Railway PLC accepts no responsibility for any personal property.

Ticket holders consent to filming and sound recording as visitors.

If a service is rescheduled, ticket holders will be offered tickets to the rescheduled service, equivalent to the face value of the ticket. If a service is cancelled, ticket holders will be offered travel on an alternative service (subject to availability) up to the value on the ticket.

Purchase of a ticket does not guarantee a seat unless otherwise stated.

All of these terms and conditions are governed by English Law.

The ticket holder must comply with all relevant statutes, safety announcements and West Somerset Railway PLC regulations whilst visiting the railway.

Breach of any of these conditions or any unacceptable behaviour likely to cause damage, nuisance or injury shall enable the railway to refuse to carry you as a passenger.

Tickets may be restricted to a maximum number per person. We reserve the right to cancel tickets purchased in excess of this number.

Additional Conditions applicable to Bicycles, Perambulators and Animals

Passengers may take with them by train, bicycles, perambulators, push chairs, and dogs, and such articles as the Company may from time to time permit to be taken on payment of extra charges as applicable and providing the Company has suitable accommodation. These are carried at the company’s discretion and their decision is final.

Animals are not allowed upon passenger's seating accommodation.

For reasons of hygiene, animals are not allowed in catering vehicles which includes all Catering Specials (Cream Tea specials, Cheese and Cider Specials, Fish and Chip Specials). Dogs are also not permitted to travel in any part of the buffet car, including the seating areas. This condition will not apply to assistance dogs accompanying registered persons.