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The Quantock Belle Dining Train 2019

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

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The Quantock Belle Dining Train 2019 Julia Amies Green Photography

 

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 winds 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 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 enjoy 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 Sunday luncheon trains all incorporate 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.

Train timings - Our train times here are guidelines only, accurate timings will be released as soon as possible and will be uploaded to this web page in due course. Correct timings will also be printed on the physical ticket which will be posted to you no later than 2 weeks before your journey. 

Sunday Luncheon - Board at Bishops Lydeard at 12.40, departing at 13.05 

Mid Summer Week Lunches - Board at Bishops Lydeard at 12.00 departing at 12.40 

Saturday Dinner - Board Bishops Lydeard at 18.45, departing at 19.15, arrive 21.15, depart Minehead 21.45, arrive Bishops Lydeard 23.00

The Quantock Belle is also available for private charter.  Please call the Catering Manager on 01643 700398 if you would like to discuss ideas for group outings or special celebrations.

Dates
12:40 Midweek Summer Lunch Tickets available
18:45 Saturday Evening Dinner 4 spaces left!
12:30 Sunday Lunch Tickets available
12:40 Midweek Summer Lunch Tickets available
18:45 Saturday Evening Dinner Tickets available
12:40 Midweek Summer Lunch Tickets available
18:45 Saturday Evening Dinner Tickets available
12:40 Midweek Summer Lunch Tickets available
12:30 Sunday Lunch Tickets available
18:45 Saturday Evening Dinner Tickets available
12:30 Sunday Lunch Tickets available
12:30 Sunday Lunch Tickets available
12:30 Sunday Lunch Tickets available
12:30 Sunday Lunch Tickets available
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.

Sunday Lunch Services.

Sunday lunch menus feature a roast of the day, selected from beef, pork or lamb, accompanied by a soup course, fresh vegetables and dessert. All passengers are required to dress smartly and are respectfully advised that T-shirts, shorts, sportswear, jeans and trainers are not permitted

Dates 

26th May Menu - Supplied by Claire's Kitchen

 

Appetiser: Salmon and dill pate with ciabatta crostini and leaf salad

Vegetarian Appetiser: Aubergine pate with ciabatta crostini and leaf salad

 

Vichysoisse soup with artisan breads

 

Main: Roast Beef with Yorkshire pudding, goose fat roast potatoes, seasonal vegetables and gravy

Vegetarian Main: Portabella Mushroom wellington with rosemary roast potatoes, seasonal vegetables and a mushroom gravy

 

Devil’s Food Chocolate Cake with chocolate ganache and strawberry fan

GF alternative: Lemon curd meringue roulade (Gluten Free alternative must be pre-ordered at the time of booking)

 

16th June (Fathers Day) - Supplied by Claire's Kitchen

 

Appetiser: Smoked Salmon and dill pate with ciabatta crostini and herb salad

Vegetarian Appetiser: Red pepper and basil houmous with ciabatta crostini and herb salad

 

Leek and potato soup with artisan breads

 

Main: Slowly roasted Leg of Pork, crackling, sage and apricot stuffing, goose fat roast potatoes, seasonal vegetables and a delicious gravy.

Vegetarian Main: Roasted vegetable gratin with rosemary roast potatoes and seasonal vegetables

 

Apple and Blackberry crumble with custard or cream

Gluten Free Alternative: Citrus cheesecake (Gluten Free alternative must be pre-ordered at the time of booking)

 

14th July

 

APPETISER: Smoked mackerel, dill and crème fraiche pate with ciabatta crostini and salad garnish

VEGETARIAN APPETISER: red pepper and basil hummous with ciabatta crostini and salad garnish

SOUP: Fresh tomato, basil and lentil soup with assorted breads

MAIN: Roast Chicken cooked slowly with rosemary, served with sage and apricot stuffing, goose fat roast potatoes, seasonal vegetables and a delicious gravy

VEGETARIAN MAIN: Aubergine and potato moussaka with seasonal vegetables

DESSERT: Sticky toffee pudding with butterscotch sauce and cream
Mango fool (Gluten Free alternative must be pre-ordered)

18th August

APPETISER: Smoked Salmon and dill pate with ciabatta crostini and salad garnish

VEGETARIAN APPETISER: Aubergine pate with basil oil, ciabatta crostini and salad garnish

SOUP: Soupe au pistou(a summer vegetable soup)with assorted breads

MAIN: Roast Lamb with goose fat roast potatoes, seasonal vegetables, gravy and mint sauce

VEGETARIAN MAIN: Roasted vegetable gratin with roasted potatoes and seasonal vegetables

DESSERT: Apple and blackberry crumble served with custard or cream
Can be gluten free however must be pre-ordered.

1st September 2019

 

APPETISER: Homemade pesto with mozzarella, olives and bruschetta

SOUP: Leek and potato soup with assorted breads

MAIN: Roast pork, crackling, sage and onion stuffing, goose fat roasties, seasonal vegetables, gravy and apple sauce

VEGETARIAN MAIN: Butternut squash,leek and gruyere pie with roasted potatoes and seasonal vegetables and a mushroom gravy

DESSERT: Devils food chocolate cake with chocolate ganache and clotted cream.
Citrus cheesecake (Gluten Free alternative must be pre-ordered)

 

 22nd September 2019

APPETISER: Smoked Salmon and dill pate with ciabatta crostini and salad garnish.

VEGETARIAN APPETISER: (V)Aubergine pate served with ciabatta crostini and salad garnish.

SOUP:Broccoli and stilton soup with assorted bread.

MAIN: Roast Beef served with yorkshire puddings, goose fat roasties, seasonal vegetables, gravy and horseradish cream.

VEGETARIAN MAIN: 

DESSERT: Citrus and white chocolate cheesecake(this can be made gluten free).

 

 29th September 2019

APPETISER: Salmon and dill pate with ciabatta crostini and salad garnish.

VEGETARIAN APPETISER: Red pepper and basil houmous with ciabatta crostini and salad garnish.

SOUP: Fresh tomato, basil and red lentil soup with assorted breads.

MAIN: Roast Pork, crackling, sage and apricot stuffing goose fat roasties, seasonal vegetables, gravy and apple sauce.

VEGETARIAN MAIN: Roasted vegetable gratin with roasted potatoes and seasonal vegetables.

DESSERT: Apple and blackberry crumble with custard or cream.

27th October 2019

APPETISER: Smoked salmon, dill and crème fraiche pate with ciabatta crostini and salad garnish

VEGETARIAN APPETISER: red pepper and basil hummous with ciabatta crostini and salad garnish

SOUP: Fresh tomato, basil and lentil soup with assorted breads

MAIN: Roast Chicken cooked slowly with rosemary, served with sage and apricot stuffing, goose fat roast potatoes, seasonal vegetables and a delicious gravy

VEGETARIAN MAIN: Aubergine and potato moussaka with seasonal vegetables

DESSERT: Sticky toffee pudding with butterscotch sauce and cream
Mango fool (Gluten Free alternative must be pre-ordered)

Price £65.00 per person 

Midweek Summer Lunches

Join us on selected Wednesdays during the summer for a delicious summer meal using fresh ingredients sourced from around the beautiful County of Somerset. A summer soup will precede the main course. Following a short break at MInehead, a dessert will be served during the return journey. All passengers are required to dress smartly and are respectfully advised that T-shirts, shorts, sportswear, jeans and trainers are not permitted. We have a 'limited bar service' of wines, ales and soft drinks.

 

Dates: 

3rd July - Menu Supplied By Purple Spoon

Summer vegetable soup (V)

Poached salmon fillet with new potatoes, tenderstem broccoli and watercress sauce or Sweet potato puff parcel (V)

Tarte tatin with clotted cream

17th July - Menu Supplied By Purple Spoon

Camembert, fig and red onion tart (V)

Lemon & garlic chicken with roasted new potatoes and French green beans or Risotto stuffed courgette (V)

Summer fruit cheesecake

31st July - Menu Supplied by Purple Spoon

Summer vegetable soup (V)

Poached salmon fillet with new potatoes, tenderstem broccoli and watercress sauce or Sweet potato puff parcel (V)

Tarte tatin with clotted cream

14th August - Menu Supplied By Purple Spoon.

Camembert, fig and red onion tart (V)

Lemon & garlic chicken with roasted new potatoes and French green beans or Risotto stuffed courgette (V)

Summer fruit cheesecake

Price £65.00 per person

Saturday Evening Dinners

Summer evening dining trains allow you to enjoy light evenings and glorious sunsets through the Quantocks. All passengers are required to dress smartly and are respectfully advised that T-shirts, shorts, sportswear, jeans and trainers are not permitted.

Dates

6th July Menu - Supplied by Claire's Kitchen

Appetiser: Creamy Garlic mushrooms with ciabatta toast and basil oil

 

Main: 8 hour slowly cooked shin of beef with melting onions served on a chive mash, seasonal vegetables and a delicious gravy

Vegetarian Main: Aubergine and potato moussaka served with seasonal vegetables

 

Summer fruit and White chocolate cheesecake(please pre-order gluten free)

Return journey-

Claire’s Kitchen cheeseboard with homemade chutney(please pre-order Gluten free)

20th July

Homemade red pepper and basil hummus
Roasted cumin pitta
Yoghurt with mint, garlic and dill
Tirokroketes (the most delicious hot cheesy greek ball)

To Follow-
Persian Chicken with preserved lemon Tagine (marinated with fresh coriander) slowly cooked for three hours, served with a jewelled rice and a greek salad with marinated feta with shallots and lemon zest
Dessert –Poached peach with a Honey and orange blossom ice cream with toasted pistachio

10th August 2019

APPETISER: Creamy garlic mushrooms on crostini with basil oil.

MAIN: 8 hour slowly roasted lamb with rosemary and white wine, served on Boulangere potatoes, seasonal vegetables and a delicious reduction.

VEGETARIAN MAIN: 

DESSERT: Tarte Normandie served with clotted cream.
Can be gluten free however must be pre-ordered.

Claire’s Kitchen Cheeseboard.

24th August 2019

APPETISER: Antipasti plate with parma ham, salami, mozzarella, olives, pesto and olive bread.


VEGETARIAN APPETISER: )Antipasti plate with mozzarella, olives, pesto, sundried tomatoes and olive bread.


MAIN: Slowly roasted Mediterrenean Chicken served with saute potatoes with peppers, onions, courgettes with smoked paprika, honey carrots and a rosemary jus.

VEGETARIAN MAIN 

DESSERT: Orange almond cake with clotted cream (this is gluten free).
Claire’s Kitchen cheeseboard.

Price £75.00 per person