Afternoon Tea Trains 2021

Our First Class Afternoon Tea Trains offer an enjoyable experience which includes a ticket for unlimited travel on our trains on the day of your visit.

Sit back and enjoy a relaxing journey hauled by a steam locomotive through the beautiful Leicestershire Countryside. Your First Class Afternoon Tea is served during the journey in your own reserved seats in one of our first class dining coaches.

Your ticket also allows travel on any of our trains on the day of your visit, giving you the chance to enjoy our beautifully restored stations along the way.

Tickets are priced at £29 per person (including train fare). Pre-booking is essential for Afternoon Tea Trains.

The Afternoon Tea Trains will depart from Loughborough Central station at either 3.00 pm (selected weekdays) or 2.45pm (selected Saturdays) or  2.30 pm (selected Bank Holiday Mondays).

Afternoon Tea trains in 2021 are currently scheduled for:

  • Tuesday 25th May at 3:00pm
  • Thursday 27th May at 3:00pm
  • Wednesday 23rd June at 3:00pm
  • Wednesday 30th June at 3:00pm
  • Tuesday 27th July at 3:00pm
  • Thursday 29th July at 3:00pm
  • Saturday 21st August at 2:45pm
  • Sunday 22nd August at 2:45pm
  • Tuesday 24th August at 3:00pm
  • Thursday 26th August at 3:00pm
  • Wednesday 15th September at 3:00pm
  • Saturday 18th September at 2:45pm
  • Sunday 19th September at 2:45pm
  • Wednesday 22nd September at 3:00pm
  • Saturday 23rd October at 2:45pm
  • Sunday 24th October at 2:45pm
  • Wednesday 27th October at 3:00pm
  • Wednesday 8th December at 3:00pm


We regret that our Afternoon Tea Train does not have wheelchair access at the present time due to the nature of our heritage rolling stock.



Selection of sandwiches
served on a mixture of farmhouse white and wholemeal bread

Roast beef and horseradish sauce
Red Leicester cheese and autumn fruit chutney (v)
Egg mayonnaise and watercress (v)


A selection of scones (v)
with strawberry preserve, butter and clotted cream


A miniature savoury tartlet (v)


The following miniature cake selection (v):
Brioche Pasquier macaron
Sultana and cherry fruit cake
Danish pastry
Chocolate éclair


A pot of tea or coffee for the table with unlimited refills
Choose from the following selection:
English Breakfast
Earl Grey

Add an individual 20cl bottle of chilled Amori Prosecco, served with a fresh raspberry, for an additional £6.00 per person (must be pre-booked).


To make your booking and for further details, please telephone 01509 632323 (open 10am-4pm on weekdays).

Please note that pre-booking is essential for our Afternoon Tea Trains.


Special dietary requirements

Due to the nature of the experience, we are only able to cater for vegetarian and gluten free alternatives. These must be advised at the time of booking.

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