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Dinner in Leicestershire

Combine delicious food and locomotive nostalgia with a steam train dinner from Loughborough. Board this vintage steam-pulled carriage and spend a decadent Saturday evening surrounded by opulent interior décor and scenes of the beautiful Leicestershire countryside out of the windows. This steam train dining experience begins in Loughborough’s Great Central Station where you’ll board the elegant and well-appointed Charnwood Forester and take your seats in the First Class dining carriage. Your journey takes you through the atmospheric Quorn and Rothley stations where the original Edwardian gas lights still illuminate the platforms giving you a truly authentic early-20th century travelling experience. Your meal is served to you at your seats and on the Charnwood Forester this sumptuous steam train dinner consists of six delectable courses. Enjoy a starter soup a choice of mains (vegetarian options are available) a dessert cheese and biscuits and finally round the entire evening off with coffee and chocolate mints €“ delicious! Upon arrival at your destination Leicester North there is time for a quick wander and a chance to stretch your legs before you board the train for the return journey. What’s so great about this experience is that your rail ticket is valid for the entire day so you can discover the individual stations along the route at your own pace in the hours preceding your meal and ride the different diesel and steam trains that frequent this historic railway line. Booking well-advance is essential for this incredibly popular steam-powered dining event and menu choices need to be made at least a week before your journey. The anticipation makes it all worthwhile though when as you board at Loughborough you are swept back to the golden age of rail travel with the glamour and prestige that steam trains brought to the world of transport. Locomotive lovers and food fanatics will adore this stylish soirée and it’s a fantastic gift experience for that special someone. With tables seating up to four people you can even make this a family occasion perhaps for an anniversary or important birthday. However you justify this decadent culinary delight a steam train dinner at Loughborough is the ultimate in fine dining en route and is an evening not to be missed. Take a look at our steam train trips for alternative dining days out around the UK or for more gift ideas please visit our main IntotheBlue gifts page.

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