On Train Dining Services

Book OnlineRailway travel offers countless pleasures, but best of all must be dining aboard a steam train. Back in the 1950s, travellers could take their seats in the restaurant cars of crack expresses like the ‘South Yorkshireman’ and the ‘Master Cutler’.

Today, on Britain’s only main line steam railway, passengers can reserve a table and be wined and dined in similar style, savouring sumptuous first class fare with every detail catered for. So, whether you’re old or young, climb aboard, relax, and prepare yourself for an experience without equal.

Here you can find details about all our first class services, our griddle cars, our thrilling murder mystery trains, or even how to charter your own private carriage or train. Click on the links below.

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Our first class trains run all through the year.

Enjoy a four course meal on our Saturday luncheon train

A traditional  four course Sunday luncheon service

And a luxurious six course Saturday evening feast on board ‘The Charnwood Forester’

For a very different night out, try one of our very popular murder mystery dining trains and in November and December look out for our Christmas trains.


For good food on the go – without the need for a reservation – try our griddle car. Our famous all day breakfast is a real treat and we serve other good hearty meals all day long.

You’ll find these favourites aboard our griddle car, along with a bar serving beers, wines, spirits and hot drinks on most trains. Children’s meals are also available.

The Griddle car is available on selected trains, as per the timetable. Look for the trains with the ‘G’ symbol.

We also serve clotted cream teas, including a giant fruit scone, cream and a cup to tea. Usually available on griddle car services, please order before your train departs from Loughborough.


Whether you are planning a private party or a business dinner, or (perhaps even your wedding breakfast!) a Great Central Railway Private Charter can guarantee you a unique and memorable event for up to 100 people.

You can charter our first class dining train, our luxurious Cromwell Pullman train, or for something more intimate, try our directors saloon.

To see the full range of train charter options click here, or call 01509 632339 to enquire. We offer group discounts and would be delighted to tailor make an experience for you!

Whatever your choice, the ambience will be matched by wonderful food prepared by our chefs. Treat yourself, give your family a celebration to remember or impress your clients with a Great Central charter. (Don’t forget – if you need somewhere to meet before you dine, try the impressive ambience of Lovatt House).

Dining Service Dates 2014


1/8/15/22/29 – South Yorkshireman
1/8/15/22/29 – Charnwood Forester
2/16/23 – Elizabethan
30 – Mothering Sunday Luncheon – £48
28 – Murder Mystery


5/12/19/26 – South Yorkshireman
6/13//27 – Elizabethan
5/12/19/26 – Charnwood Forester
11 – Murder Mystery
25 – Murder Mystery
20 – Easter Sunday Luncheon – £45


3/10/17/24/31 – South Yorkshireman
4/11/18/25– Elizabethan
3/10/17/24/31 – Charnwood Forester
16 – Murder Mystery
30 – Pullman Fine Dining with Live Jazz – £62


7/21/28 – South Yorkshireman
1/08/22/29 – Elizabethan
7/21/28 – Charnwood Forester
14 – Wartime Evening Dinner – £60 (Allo Allo Murder Mystery)
06 – Murder Mystery
08 – Father’s Day Sunday Luncheon- £48
18 – Wine and Dine Wednesday – £38
25– Maharaja Express (Wednesday Evening) – £37
27 – Murder Mystery


5 – Edwardian Luncheon
12/19/26 – South Yorkshireman
6/13/20/27 – Elizabethan
5/12/19/26 – Charnwood Forester
11– Murder Mystery
25 – Murder Mystery
23 – Wine and Dine Wednesday


1 – Murder Mystery
2/09/16/23/30– South Yorkshireman
3/10/17/24 – Elizabethan
2/09/16/23/30- Charnwood Forester
15 – Murder Mystery
22 – French Evening – £45
27 – Wine and dine Wednesday


19 – Pullman Wine Tasting Evening – £72
6/13/20/27 – South Yorkshireman
7/14/21/28– Elizabethan
6/13/20/27 – Charnwood Forester
12 – Murder Mystery
26 – Murder Mystery


11/18/25 – South Yorkshireman
12/19/26 – Elizabethan
4/11/18/25 – Charnwood Forester
10 – Murder Mystery
24 – Murder Mystery


1/8/15– South Yorkshireman
2/09/16 – Elizabethan
1/8/15– Charnwood Forester
22/29 (Saturday) – Christmas Jubilee Luncheon
22/29 – Christmas Forester Diner
23/30 (Sunday) – Christmas Jubilee Luncheon


6/13/20 (Saturday) – Christmas Jubilee Luncheon
7/14/21 (Sunday) – Christmas Jubilee Luncheon
6/13/20 – Christmas Forester Diner
10 – Murder Mystery – Tis the Season to be MURDERED! (Wednesday Evening)
17 – Christmas Forester Dinner (Wednesday Evening)
25 – Christmas Day feast
26 – Boxing Day Luncheon
31 (Wednesday eve) – New Year’s Eve celebration

For all enquiries, please contact our booking office on 01509 632323

Cancellation Policy

  1. Cancellations made with more than one month to your dining experience date may be re-booked at no extra charge or refunded in full.
  2. Cancellations made between one month and one week before your dining experience date may be re-booked on payment of an additional £5.00 per person or refunded less £10.00 per person administration charge.
  3. Cancellations made within the last week to the date of your dining experience date may be re-booked on payment of an additional £10.00 per person or refunded less £20.00 per person administration charge.
  4. Passengers who do not arrive in time to catch the train from Loughborough Central at the advertised departure time will not be entitled to a refund.

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