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.

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 look out for our Christmas trains in December.


(March 2021): Due to the present restrictions, all First Class Dining services are currently suspended. We are, subject to any government reviews, re-commencing our Dining Services from 22nd May 2021. Please see the Dining Services tab on the Home Page for full details.Please be assured that we will be happy to transfer existing bookings to a future date to be agreed. We are grateful for the patience and understanding of our customers during this difficult time for us all.


Your train 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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Santa Specials - Malcolm Ranieri


Cancellation Policy - First Class & Pullman trains

  1. Cancellations made with more than six weeks to your dining experience date may be re-booked or refunded; this is subject to a £3 per person administration charge
  2. Cancellations made up to two weeks before your dining experience date may be re-booked on payment of an additional £5 per person or refunded less £10 per person administration charge.
  3. Cancellations made more than 48 hours before the departure time of your dining experience may be re-booked on payment of an additional £10 per person or refunded less £20 per person administration charge.
  4. Cancellations made within 48 hours of the departure of your train may be re-booked on payment of an additional £20 per person or refunded less £30 per person administration charge.
  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

  • Children must be adequately supervised and remain seated at all times
  • Our dining carriages were designed for adults and we regret children under five years of age cannot be accommodated.
  • Special dietary requirements can be catered for when ordered at the time of booking.
  • Dogs may not travel in the dining cars (assistance dogs excepted)
  • Mobile telephones and electronic games must be muted whilst in the Dining Cars.
  • 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 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.

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

Our next running day

Passenger trains have now returned to the GCR, running every Saturday and Sunday, and on selected weekdays.

Pre-booking is required at present, to ensure social distancing onboard trains.

We look forward to welcoming you back to the railway as we progressively return to normal operation, as the national situation improves.

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