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 (Diesel on 19th August) 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.

Train timings - Correct at time of publication

Sunday Luncheon - Board BL 12.30, depart BL 13.00, arrive MD 15.00, depart MD 17.05, arrive BL 18.30 except June 3, August 19, - Board BL 12.30, depart BL 13,00, arrive MD 14.40, depart MD 17.05, arrive BL 18.30

Saturday Dinner - Board BL 18.45, depart BL 19.15, arrive 21.15, depart MD 21.45, arrive BL 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.

18.45 Signal to Murder - Quantock Belle Murder Mystery Sold Out
12:30 Sold Out
18:45 'Tis the Season to be Murdered! Quantock Belle Murder… Sold Out
17:20 Dunster By Candlelight Quantock Belle Tickets available
12:00 Festive Sunday Lunch Sold Out
12:00 Festive Sunday Lunch 5 spaces left!
12:00 Festive Sunday Lunch 2 spaces left!
Ticket Price
Dunster By Candlelight Quantock Belle Table for 2 £140.00
Dunster By Candlelight Quantock Belle Table for 4 £260.00
Festive Lunch Quantock Belle table for 2 £140.00
Festive Lunch Quantock Belle table for 4 £260.00
Quantock Belle Murder Mystery

Calling all amateur sleuths!! -Do you see yourself as a Miss Marple or a Jessica Fletcher, Hercule Poirot or Sherlock Holmes? Well, the West Somerset Railway's Murder Mystery season is a must for all you amateur crime fighters. As you go peacefully about your train journey to and from the seaside the actors will be staging a murderous tale for you to try to solve.

Apart from the dastardly doings your steam train ride will also include the following menu choices served to you at your seat as the train leaves Bishops Lydeard at 19.00 plus of course the mystery unfolding before your eyes.

The entertainment begins on the platform promptly at 19.00. Boarding is from 18.45. Passengers should arrive in good time to find their seats, and leave the train again for the first scene on the platform at 19.00.

All murder mysteries start at Bishops Lydeard at 19:15 and travel the full length of the line to Minehead and back (apart from the 15th September which goes as far as Blue Anchor then returns to Bishops Lydeard). You should arrive back at Bishops Lydeard at approx. 23.00.

The dress code is 'smart casual' and we encourage you to enter the spirit of the event by dressing in appropriate period costume if you desire!

There is a bar on the train serving alcoholic and soft drinks, teas and coffees.

These evenings are not suitable for children and dogs are not permitted.

SIGNAL TO MURDER - 1929 - Thymely Village, England - 20th October 2018 - Adults/Seniors £75 per person - Aboard the Quantock Belle Dining Train


Where has Dr. Lopping, the Railway Company representative got to? D.I. Bauls investigates another case along with Sid Siding the Stationmaster, May Bee the office girl and Mrs. Bouffet-Carr, doyen of the station canteen. Keep on the right track to avoid the signal to murder at Little Hampton station.



Ham Hock Terrine with piccalilli

(V)Fresh tomato, lentil and basil soup


Steak, mushroom and Ale Pie served with a creamy chive mash, seasonal vegetables, and extra delicious gravy


Sticky Toffee Pudding with vanilla icecream

(GF)Orange Almond cake with clotted cream

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‘TIS THE SEASON TO BE MURDERED! - 1929 - Thymely Village, England - 1st December 2018 - Aboard the Quantock Belle Dining Train. 


The Christmas Special is about to depart but the body of solicitor Harold Aingels has just been discovered hung up by his baubles! Three people were seen arguing with him earlier in the day, but whose seasonal goodwill has run out? Has Yul Logg been burning it at both ends? Is Carole Synger out of tune? Or is Holley-Anne de Ivey feeling too prickly for her own good?

D.I. Bauls is on hand to guide you through this special seasonal mystery.


Canape-Mini Brie and cranberry filo tart


Roast Turkey and all the trimmings(can be gluten free please advise on booking)

Butternut squash,spinach,leek and gruyere cheese pie with roasted potatoes and a delicious mushroom gravy


Christmas pudding with clotted cream

(GF)Meringue Roulade with lemon curd and raspberrys(please advise all gluten free)

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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. 



Inclusive fare £55.00 per person

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 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.



Smoked salmon and asparagus tartlet


Summer Vegetable Minestrone


Rosemary Chicken With Oven Roasted Ratatouille And Polenta Potatoes


Somerset Cream Tea 


29th August 2018 


Inclusive fare £55.00 per person 

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



Prawn Cocktail served with Classic Rosemarie and a Smoked Salmon Garnish


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


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

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


Delicious Summer Fruit and White Chocolate Cheesecake

Cheese and Biscuits

 Tea and Coffee with Mints.


25th August 2018 

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


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,



Smoked salmon and dill pate with ciabatta crackers


 English pea velouté with parmesan croutons 


Roast of the day with crispy roast potatoes, seasonal vegetables. 

Vegetarian Option - Vegetable Wellington


Blueberry cheesecake or applie pie with custard or cream or fresh fruit salad with greek yoghurt and honey. 

Tea and Coffee service 

Roast of the day:

2nd September – Lamb

28th October – Venison 


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,



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


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


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)


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:

23rd September – Pork

7th October – Beef

14th October – Lamb

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


Inclusive fare £65.00 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. 




Braised beef in red wine served with crispy roast potatos

Vegetarian option - 5 bean hotpot with the crispy roasties


Bread and butter pudding with vanilla custard
Pear and ginger crumble with cinnamon creme fraiche


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.



Chicken Liver Parfait with Melba Toast and Herb Salad


Broccoli and Stilton Soup served with Ciabatta Bread


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


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 


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: 2019 dates to be confirmed
Diesel Gala: 2019 dates to be confirmed
Autumn Steam Gala: 27th - 30th September 2018
Winter Steam Gala:  29th & 30th December 2018 

Other Information

If you or any members of your party are vegetarian, have any other special dietary requirements or food allergies, these must be notified at the time of booking if you indicate that you have dietary requirements, you will be contacted by one of the team over the phone a few weeks before the event. We are unable to accommodate short notice dietary requirements. If you or any members of your party have a severe food allergy, due to the nature of a train galley kitchen we are unable to guarantee that cross-contamination has not taken place.

· Saturday evening dinner services are strictly adult only.

Well behaved children, minimum age 10 years, are welcome aboard luncheon services, on condition that they are fully supervised at all times and remain seated throughout the journey.

 · Due to the historic design of our dining cars, with their narrow doors and gangways, it is NOT possible to accommodate wheelchairs at the tables. It is important to note that passengers with mobility issues will be required to climb up and down two steps to get into and out of the train and walk a short distance to their reserved seat.

convey small folded wheelchairs in the brake van but only if pre-booked, as space is limited.

 · All passengers are required to dress smartly and are respectfully advised that T-shirts, shorts, sportswear, jeans and trainers are not permitted.

 * We do not permit smoking (including e-cigarettes) or vaping on board.

 * We have no card payment facilities on board. Bar account must be settled by cash.

* We cannot make any refund in respect of unused tickets unless we are able to resell the seats prior to departure, in which case an administration charge of £10 per booking will apply

 * Passengers are carried subject to the Conditions of Carriage of the West Somerset Railway PLC, whilst every effort will be made to maintain advertised services, no liability for loss, inconvenience or delay caused by cancellation or alteration can be accepted.