Charnwood Forester 2018 - Our Saturday Evening Dining Train

This train runs on Saturday evenings throughout the year and selected Fridays, except during January, early February and at certain special events.

Your six course dinner is served aboard our First Class Restaurant Cars as one of our historic main line steam locomotives takes you on a leisurely journey through the Leicestershire countryside. The train departs from Loughborough Central and your meal is served during the journey.

There will be an interlude at the delightfully atmospheric Rothley station complete with original Edwardian gas lights.  The train departs from Loughborough Central at 7.00pm (7.30pm on Friday evenings), returning at approximately 10.00 p.m. Tickets are £56.00 per adult. The price includes the full cost of the train ticket. At weekends, rail travel is unlimited on the date of dining.

The Charnwood Forester runs on Saturday evenings & selected Friday evenings on the following dates:

3rd, 17th, 24th Feb, 3rd March to 26th May, 9th June to 29th Sept, 13th Oct to 10th November

Friday evenings: 29th June, 13th July, 17th August and 21st September



Chicken Liver Pate Served with Crostini and Garnished with Garlic Chives
Sliced Water Melon Served with Minted Crème Fraiche


Chef’s soup of the day served with a warm bread roll

Choice of:

Half Roast Duck Served with a Grand Marnier Sauce Grated Orange Garnish

Roasted Sea Bass Fillets Served with Sliced Red and Green Peppers and Hoisin Sauce Cooked en Papier

Minted Shoulder of Lamb, Red Wine Gravy

All served with chef’s selection of seasonal vegetables


Choice of:

Two gateaux or fresh fruit salad


Selection of four Continental cheeses served with grapes, dressed leaves, chutney and crackers


Coffee served with chocolate mints

Vegetarian Choices

Butternut squash half, filled with cannellini beans, mozzarella cheese, peppers & tomatoes, topped with pumpkin & sunflower seed crumb

Roast pepper stuffed with courgette, sun dried tomato cous cous and topped with feta cheese

Mediterranean casserole with peppers, courgettes, lentils, sweet smoked paprika and thyme – suitable for vegans

Please note. Menu choices must be pre-booked

From late November and through December, this service runs with a Christmas menu and revised prices


Availability - Tables of two

Tables of two on this service have proved extremely popular and individual tables of two are booked until August. Shared tables are still available, where two couples share a table of four. Please contact us for details.


To check availability and to book your tickets call 01509 632323 or buy a dining voucher from our online shop


Our next running day

This Weekend
Two steam locomotives, one diesel loco, and our diesel railcar are in service this weekend.

9F 92214 J94 68067
English Electric Type 1 D8098 Metro Cammell Diesel Railcar

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