Although it is normally the case that passengers have to pre-book seats on the “Quantock Belle” dining train on the West Somerset Railway it will be offering a “turn-up and pay on the day” meal service on Saturday October 7th and Sunday October 8th. This is the weekend of the WSR’s Autumn Steam Gala event and there will be an all-day breakfast service in the “QB” coaches on the following trains on Saturday 7th:- the 09.00 and 12.39 from Bishops Lydeard and the 10.30 and 14.10 from Minehead. On Sunday 8th the timings are the 09.40 from Bishops Lydeard, the 12.20 from Minehead and the 14.10 from Bishops Lydeard.
The cafes at Minehead and Bishops Lydeard stations will be open on all four days of the Gala, October 5th to 8th and there will be licensed buffet cars on most trains during the event. Light refreshments are available at all stations except Doniford Halt including some home made offerings and if the weather is kind cream teas can be enjoyed in the gardens at Stogumber station.