Events & Experiences

The Quantock Belle Dining Train

The service 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 winds

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West Somerset Railway

The service 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 winds its way through the beautiful Quantock Hills, past the ancient port of Watchet and along the coast to Blue Anchor Bay and through to its conclusion at Minehead. 

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.

For 2022 we are delighted to be joined by Purple Spoon Events.

"Purplespoon Events is a small, family owned catering business and cafe that believes in supporting and giving back to the local community."

"We employ through the Resettlement Scheme, the Disability Confident Scheme and the YMCA and we run regular events to support refugees, migrants and others from different ethnic backgrounds.  We source our products from local suppliers where possible and support fundraising through hosting events."

"Purplespoon Events is extremely excited about joining the West Somerset Railway for the 2022 season and we look forward to seeing you on board the Quantock Belle."

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

  • Return travel at your reserved dining table;
  • A three-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. If you have dietary requirements please let us know on 01643 704996.

PLEASE SEE ALLERGEN INFORMATION HERE 

Dessert is served on the return j0urney to Bishops Lydeard, and accompany by a continuous tea and coffee service. Please note - on 10th & 24th July and 14th & 28th August, the return journey leaves Minehead at 17.30, arriving at Bishops Lydeard at 18.50. On all other lunchtime services, it departs Minehead at 15.25, arriving at Bishops Lydeard at 16.50.

Quantock Belle Evening service will run for two dates with themes menus in 2022 - on 16th July for a Taste of Italy and 3rd September for a Taste of India. These will depart Bishops Lydeard at 19.00 and return at 22.10.

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.

Tickets are sold as individual tickets and you will be seated on a table of four or two. If you book four tickets, you will seated together but please note if you purchase less than four that you may be seated with another party. Table for two will be issued on a first come first served basis. 

 

Dates
13:00 Roast Gammon or Roast Quorn Tickets available
19:00 Taste of India Evening Special Tickets available
13:00 Roast Beef or Vegetable Wellington Sold Out
13:00 Roast Chicken or Wild mushroom pie Sold Out
13:00 Roast Pork or Roasted Cauliflower steak Tickets available
13:00 Roast Beef or Chestnut and Squash Wellington Tickets available
Prices
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Prices for this event could vary from day to day, click the links above to see prices for your chosen date.

Taste of Italy - 16th July - Evening

Italian - Tuscany - Romagna

 

Mixed platter of Northern Italian cured meat and cheese with olives, antipasto and ciabatta

 

Spinach and ricotta ravioli drizzled with a rich sage butter

 

Panna cotta with a raspberry coulis 

 

Coffee and chocolate salami

 

Taste of India - 3rd September - Evening

Indian - the Fairy Queen Locomotive New Delhi - Alwar

 

Sharing platter of indian bites - pakoras, bajis, samosa, popadoms

 

Old Delhi chicken curry

 

Rewari Dahl

 

served with Roti and basmati rice

 

Coconut burfi

 

Coffee and Gulab jamun

5th June Menu

Starter 1 - Classic prawn cocktail with bread and butter triangles

Or

Starter 2 - Carrot and coriander soup (V)

 

Main 1 - Roasted locally reared gammon

Or

Main 2 - Quorn roast joint

Served with seasonal vegetables and crispy roast potatoes

 

Dessert 1 - Strawberry tart tatin

OR

Dessert 2 - Strawberries and cream

26th June Menu

Starter 1 -Aubergine and mushroom pate with toasted ciabatta (V)

Or

Starter 2 - Smoked cauliflower soup (V)

 

Main 1 - Roast beef and yorkshire pudding

Or

Main 2 - Vegetable wellington

Served with seasonal vegetables and crispy roast potatoes

 

Dessert 1 - Raspberry fool

OR

Dessert 2 - Chocolate brownie with icecream (vegan and GF)

10th July Menu

Starter 1 - Goats cheese stuffed Portabello mushroom

OR

Starter 2 - Classic tomato soup

 

Main 1 - Sage and onion stuffed chicken breast

OR

Main 2 - Wild mushroom shortcrust pie (Vegan)

Served with seasonal vegetables and crispy roast potatoes

 

Dessert 1 - Classic tiramisu

OR

Dessert 2 -Seasonal fruit crumble served with custard or icecream

24th July Menu

Starter 1 - Homemade smoked mackerel pate with toasted ciabatta

OR

Starter 2 - Watercress soup with goats cheese croutons

 

Main 1 - Locally reared pork with crackling

OR

Main 2 - Roasted cauli steak

Served with seasonal vegetables and crispy roast potatoes

 

Dessert 1 - Blackcurrant cheesecake with a berry coulis

OR

Dessert 2 - Fresh fruit salad and cream

14th August Menu

Starter 1 - Homemade smoked mackerel pate with toasted ciabatta

Or

Starter 2 - Watercress soup with goats cheese croutons

 

Main 1 - Locally reared pork with crackling

Or

Main 2 - Roasted cauli steak

Served with seasonal vegetables and crispy roast potatoes

 

Dessert 1 - Blackcurrant cheesecake with a berry coulis

OR

Dessert 2 - Fresh fruit salad and cream

28th August Menu

Starter 1 - Classic prawn cocktail with bread and butter triangles

Or

Starter 2 - Carrot and coriander soup (V)

 

Main 1 - Roasted locally reared gammon

Or

Main 2 - Quorn roast joint

Served with seasonal vegetables and crispy roast potatoes

 

Dessert 1 - Strawberry tart tatin

OR

Dessert 2 - Strawberries and cream

4th September Menu

Starter 1 - Aubergine and mushroom pate with toasted ciabatta (V)

Or

Starter 2 - Smoked cauliflower soup (V)

 

Main 1 - Roast beef and yorkshire pudding

Or

Main 2 - Vegetable wellington

Served with seasonal vegetables and crispy roast potatoes

 

Dessert 1 - Raspberry fool

OR

Dessert 2 - Chocolate brownie with ice cream (vegan and GF)

18th September Menu

Starter 1 - Goats cheese stuffed Portabello mushroom

Or

Starter 2 - Classic tomato soup

 

Main 1- Sage and onion stuffed chicken breast

Or

Main 2  - Wild mushroom shortcrust pie (Vegan)

Served with seasonal vegetables and crispy roast potatoes

 

Dessert 1 - Classic tiramisu

OR

Dessert 2 - Seasonal fruit crumble served with custard or ice cream

9th October Menu

Starter 1 - Homemade smoked mackerel pate with toasted ciabatta

Or

Starter 2 - Watercress soup with goats cheese croutons

 

Main 1 - Locally reared pork with crackling

Or

Main 2 - Roasted cauli steak

Served with seasonal vegetables and crispy roast potatoes

 

Dessert 1 - Blackcurrant cheesecake with a berry coulis

OR

Dessert 2 - Fresh fruit salad and cream

16th October Menu

Starter 1 - Beetroot and hummus crostini

Or

Starter 2 - Sweetcorn chowder

 

Main 1 - Roast beef and Yorkshire pudding

OR

Main 2  - Chestnut and squash wellington

Served with seasonal vegetables and crispy roast potatoes

 

Dessert 1 - Apple strudel with whipped cream

OR

Dessert 2 - Autumn fruit medley and creme fraiche