Charnwood Forester 2020 – Saturday evenings and selected Fridays

Charnwood Forester 2020 - Our Saturday Evening Dining Train

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

Your five 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 when running on Fridays), returning at approximately 10.00 p.m. Tickets are £59.00 per adult. The price includes the full cost of the train ticket. Rail travel is unlimited on the date of dining (or the following day for dining services which run on Friday evenings).


(last update 22nd September 2020): First Class dining services have now resumed, and we are continuing to contact all customers who were booked for services which were postponed during the period of temporary closure.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.We are currently giving priority to customers who have kindly deferred their bookings, and intend to reopen dining trains for general sale soon.


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

Saturday evenings:
8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th.
March: 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th.
April: 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th.
May: 2nd, 9th, 23rd, 30th
June: 13th,20th, 27th.
July: 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th.
August: 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th.
September:  5th, 12th, 19th, 26th.
October: 10th, 17th, 24th, 31st.
November: 7th, 14th, 21st.

Friday evenings:
April: 3rd and 10th.
May: 1st.
June: 12th
July: 17th
August: 7th, 14th, 21st.
September: 11th and 25th.
November: 20th.



Choice of:

Ham Hock Terrine with Melba Toast


Mediterranean Vegetable Tart

Chef’s soup of the day

Choice of:

Lamb shoulder in a mint gravy


Chicken Breast with Chorizo and red pepper stuffing


Cod and Pancetta Fishcakes with white wine sauce

All served with chef’s selection of seasonal vegetables


Choice of:

Two gateaux or fresh fruit salad
all served with double cream


Traditional English cheeseboard served with celery and grapes


Tea and coffee served with chocolate mints

Vegetarian Choices

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

Nut roast

Please note. Menu choices must be pre-booked


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

Our next running day

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

All four stations are due to reopen from Saturday 26th June 2021, with tickets available on the day from Booking Offices.

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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