Events & Experiences

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
12:30 Sunday Lunch Tickets available
13:50 Christmas Lunch 1 space left!
13:50 Christmas Lunch Sold Out
13:50 Christmas Lunch 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.

Dunster By Candlelight

Dunster by Candlelight sees the medieval village turn its back on the present and lights it's streets with soft candles. The atmosphere is both traditional and exciting, truly an event for all ages. Travel in style with the West Somerset Railway and avoid all the stress of parking.

 

To book tickets for this event please click here 

 

STARTER 

Homemade Leek and Potato soup with micro herbs and artisan breads

 

MAIN

12 hour slowly cooked beef with melting onions, roasted goose fat potatoes with rosemary and sea salt, seasonal vegetables and a delicious reduction

 

VEGETARIAN MAIN

(V)red lentil, sundried tomato and sweet potato bake with seasonal vegetables

 

DESSERT

Lemon meringue roulade with Chantilly cream, fresh fruit and grated white chocolate

Mince Tart and chocolates on return journey

CHRISTMAS LUNCH

The Quantock Belle Christmas Lunch service offers you the chance to board our Luxury dining service to enjoy a festive experience through the countryside. We are running services on 8th, 15th and 22nd December.

Please note that on 8th and 22nd December our service will travel from Bishops Lydeard to Minehead return, however, on 15th December, we will be running the service from Bishops Lydeard to Norton Fitzwarren a section of the line rarely seen by passengers of the Quantock Belle, down to Williton and returning to Minehead. 

 

 

APPETISER

Homemade Pate de Campagne with Ciabatta Crostini and Pickles

VEGETARIAN APPETISER

(V)Red Pepper Houmous with Herb Salad and Ciabatta Crostini

 

STARTER

Broccoli and Stilton Soup with Artisan Breads

 

MAIN

Roast Turkey, Pig in Blanket, Apricot and Sage Stuffing, Goose Fat Roasties with Rosemary and Sea Salt, with Seasonal Vegetables, Bread Sauce.

 

VEGETARIAN MAIN

Butternut Squash, Leek and Gruyere Pie with a Mushroom Gravy, Roasted Rapessed Oil Potatoes, Seasonal Vegetables

 

DESSERT 

Christmas Pudding with Clotted Cream

 

Key Lime Pie (gluten free) pre-ordered only - to pre order this dessert please call the booking office on 01643 704996 and request the gluten free option. 

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 

 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: Vegetable Gratin

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: 

There are no more dates available for the Midweek Summer Lunches for 2019. 

Our 2020 dates will be released shortly.

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

There are no more dates for the Summer Saturday Evening Dinners for 2019.

2020 dates will be released shortly.