Events & Experiences

The Quantock Belle Dining Train

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

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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 incorperate 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 700398 if you would like to discuss ideas for group outings or special celebrations.

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Prices
Ticket Price
Table for 2 £120.00
Table for 4 £220.00
Ticket Pricing Explained

We offer tables of two and tables of four through our website. As table space is limited and we have many couples travelling with us there is a £10 premium to reserve a guaranteed table for two. The £10 premium has automatically been applied to the table of two option. If there are two in your party and you are happy with the possibility of sharing a table of four with another couple, please contact us by phone on 01643 700398 and the £10 premium will not be included.  

It is not possible to book one or three tickets through our website, to purchase one of these options please phone us on 01643 700398 where we will be able to assist you. 

 

TRADITIONAL SUNDAY ROAST LUNCHEON - CLAIRE'S KITCHEN

Inclusive fare £55.00 per person 

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,

MENU

ENTRÉE

Smoked Salmon Dill Pate with Homemade Melba Toast and Herb Salad Micro Herbs

SOUP

 Fresh Tomato, Lentil and Basil Soup with Artisan Breads (Olive, Corn Bread, Ciabatta) 

MAIN

Roast of the day with all the trimmings, Roast Potatoes, Fresh Seasonal Vegetables. 

Vegetarian Option - Aubergine and potato moussaka with all the trimmings (Gluten Free)

DESSERT

Blackberry and Apple Crumble with Custard and Cream

Citrus Cheesecake with a Lemon Curd Ripple (for passengers who indicate that they are Gluten Free)

Tea and Coffee service 

Roast of the day:

29th April – Lamb

15th July – Pork

19th August Heritage Diesel Hauled Service – Beef

23rd September – Pork

7th October – Beef

14th October – Lamb

More information about Claire's Kitchen can be found on their website here 

TRADITIONAL SUNDAY ROAST LUNCHEON - PURPLE SPOON

Inclusive fare £55.00 per person 

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,

MENU

ENTRÉE

Smoked Salmon Pate with Dill and Fresh Lemon 

SOUP

 Homemade Carrot and Coriander Soup with Bread Roll and Butter. 

MAIN

Roast of the day with all the trimmings, Salt and Black Pepper Roast Potatoes, Fresh Seasonal Vegetables. 

Vegetarian Option - Aubergine and potato moussaka with all the trimmings (Gluten Free)

DESSERT

Homemade deep-filled Spiced Apple Pie with Custard or Cream, or Fruit Cheesecake or Fresh Fruit Salad. 

Tea and Coffee service 

Roast of the day:

15 April – Beef

6th May – Pork

20th May – Beef

3rd June – Lamb

2nd September – Lamb

28th October – Venison 

SUMMER SATURDAY EVENING DINNER - CLAIRE'S KITCHEN

Inclusive fare £55.00 per person 

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

MENU

ENTRÉE

Prawn Cocktail served with Classic Rosemarie and a Smoked Salmon Garnish

SOUP

Soupe Au Pistou (Summer Vegetable Soup) with Ciabatta Bread and Butter

MAIN

Mediterranean Slowly Roasted Chicken served withRosemary Saute Potatoes and Seasonal Vegetables, 

Vegetarian Option - Mushroom Rockerfeller with Saute Potatoes and Seasonal Vegetables. 

DESSERT

Delicious Summer Fruit and White Chocolate Cheesecake

Cheese and Biscuits

 Tea and Coffee with Mints.

DATES:

7th July 2018

25th August 2018 

For more information on Claire's Kitchen please visit their site here 

SUMMER SATURDAY EVENING DINNER - PURPLE SPOON

Inclusive fare £55.00 per person 

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

MENU

ENTRÉE

Prawn, Cucumber and Avacado Mousse.

SOUP

Homemade Carrot and Coriander with Bread Roll and Butter 

MAIN

Somerset Chicken Breast with White Wine and Tarragon Sauce, Baby New Potatoes and Fresh Seasonal Vegetables.

Vegetarian Option - Aubergine and potato moussaka with all the trimmings (Gluten Free)

DESSERT

Gin and Tonic Cheesecake or Fresh fruit Salad or Cheese and Biscuits

 Tea and Coffee with Mints.

DATES: 

16th June 2018 

21st July 2018 

11th August 2018

MID-WEEK SUMMER LUNCHEON and a CREAM TEA

Inclusive fare £55.00 per person

Join us on selected Wednesdays during the summer for a delicious cold salmon 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.

MENU

ENTRÉE

Roasted Vegetable and Pesto Tart

SOUP

Vichyssoise with Ciabatta Bread

MAIN

Poached Salmon with a Green Herb Mayonnaise, Minted New Potatoes and  Baby Leaf Salad with a Honey Balsamic Dressing

DESSERT

Somerset Cream Tea 

DUNSTER BY CANDLELIGHT

Inclusive fare £55.00 per person

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. 

MENU

CANAPES

MAIN

Pork, Apple, Sage and Onion Casserole served with New Potatoes. 

DESSERT

Hand Made Deep Filled Spiced Apple Pie with Custard or Cream or Fresh Fruit Salad. 

TRADITIONAL CHRISTMAS LUNCH - CLAIRE'S KITCHEN

Inclusive fare £65.00 per person 

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.

MENU

ENTREE

Chicken Liver Parfait with Melba Toast and Herb Salad

SOUP

Broccoli and Stilton Soup served with Ciabatta Bread

MAIN

Traditional Roast Turkey with all the Trimmings, Thyme and Garlic Roast Potatoes, Fresh Seasonal Vegetables. 

Or our vegetarian alternative will be Chestnut, Lentil and Butternut Squash Bake with a Mushroom Gravy, Roasted Potatoes ans Seasonal Vegetables

chestnut , lentil and butternut squash bake with a mushroom gravy, roasted potatoes and seasonal vegetables

DESSERT

Christmas Pudding with Cream or Brandy Custard 

Tea and coffee service with Seasonal Fare. 

For more information on Claire's Kitchen please visit their website here 

GALA EVENT RESTAURANT CAR SERVICES

On selected dates during West Somerset Railway gala events, the Quantock Belle serves Full English Breakfasts and Hot Lunches. On these dates, our restaurant car is open to all WSR ticket holders. The first service must be pre-booked for breakfast, the remaining services will be on a first come, first served basis. We endeavour to closely replicate British Railways restaurant car operations on these dates.

Spring Steam Gala:   22nd - 25th March 2018
Diesel Gala: 8th - 10th June 2018 
Autumn Steam Gala: 27th - 30th September 2018
Winter Steam Gala:  29th & 30th December 2018