On Train Dining Services

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.

First Class Restaurant Car services.


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Perhaps you are looking for an atmospheric night out? An exciting treat for someone special? An evening with a difference…never to be forgotten?

Make this the year you climb on board one of our heritage carriages for a romantic journey behind a steam engine, while a sumptuous meal is served at your seat and the best of Leicestershire’s scenery slips past the window.

Our first-class trains run all year round offering a variety of different services from our 2 course Wednesday Lunch Trains – The Midlander, to our 6 course Saturday Evening Trains – The Charnwood Forester.

For something different, try our extremely popular Murder Mystery Trains and look out for our Christmas Trains.

New for 2021 – Saturday Morning Pullman First Class Breakfast and Friday Evening Master Cutler service.

Our Dining Trains will normally pause on Swithland viaduct with breath taking views over the reservoir.

Gift Vouchers are also for our dining services - please click here


Please click for more information on each train service:


Saturday Luncheon

The South Yorkshireman
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Sunday Luncheon

 The Elizabethan
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Saturday Evening

 The Charnwood Forester
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Wednesday Luncheon

The Midlander
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Wednesday Evening

The Rothley Rose (departs from Rothley)
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Murder Mystery Trains

Evening dates through the year
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New for 2021

Saturday Breakfast

Pullman Breakfast
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Friday Evening

The Master Cutler
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Themed Evenings

Curry nights, French,
Chinese and Thai Nights




Santa Specials - Malcolm Ranieri


Cancellation Policy - First Class & Pullman trains

  1. With more than six weeks to your dining experience may be rebooked on payment of a £10 flat re-booking fee or refunded less £3 per person.
  2. Between two and six weeks of the dining experience may be re-booked on payment of an additional £5 per person or refunded less £10 per person.
  3. Between 72 hours and two weeks of your dining experience may be re-booked on payment of an additional £10 per person or refunded less £20 per person.
  4. Within 72 hours of the departure of your train may be rebooked on payment of an additional £20 per person but can not be refunded.
  5. 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.
  6. Gift vouchers used for dining services are not eligible for a refund.

Please note that the above terms apply to bookings purchased direct from Great Central Railway. In the case of bookings which arise from the purchase of a voucher from a third party, then different terms may apply; please contact the Booking Office for further information.

Less-able visitors

Due to the historic design of our dining car carriages with their narrow doors and gangways, it is NOT possible to accommodate wheelchairs at a table in one of these carriages.
It is also important to note that passengers with mobility issues will need to climb up or down a step to get into or out of the train.
For those who are able to walk a short distance wheelchairs can be folded and carried in the brake van.

Other Terms & Conditions

  1. All menu choices must be pre-booked.
  2. Vegetarian and special dietary requirements are catered for but these must be pre-booked.
  3. An extensive range of fine wines, bees and spirits are available to purchase from your onboard steward.
  4. Gift vouchers are available for principal restaurant car services
  5. All menus offered are offered subject to availability and may be subject to occasional change.
  6. Children under 5 years of age cannot be accommodated.
  7. Dogs may not travel in the dining cars (assistance dogs excepted).
  8. Smoking is not permitted on any of our trains.

Charter services and Group Bookings

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 186 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 632331 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.

Griddle Car

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. Children's meals are also available.

The Griddle car is available on selected trains, as per the timetable. Look for the trains with the plate & fork symbol.

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

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