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Steam Train Dining Experiences

Dining Trains

Welcome to Churnet Valley Railway, where we invite you to embark on a unique dining journey aboard our luxury steam-powered trains. We have something for every palate and occasion: hearty midweek or weekend breakfasts; authentic and exotic flavours of the East; classic English cream teas, and so much more.

Our memorable and Instagram-worthy steam train dining experiences for two are always a huge hit with our patrons.The entire experience, from the moment you arrive at our platform to the moment you disembark, is marked by exceptional service and attention to detail; something our returning diners have come to expect from us.

Churnet Valley Railway’s dining experiences offer a unique day out. It could be a memorable weekend indulgence with a group of friends, a fun and out-of-the-box birthday event, or a part of a romantic getaway for two. A delicious meal prepared on board, enjoying your favourite drink from our well-stocked bar, and watching the Midlands slide by on an authentically restored vintage steam train also makes the ideal Christmas, anniversary, or wedding gift, or surprise trip for two.

To reserve your spot or to learn more, please explore the options below.

Murder Mystery

Murder Mystery Evening

Ever wanted to feel like a real-life Sherlock Holmes or Columbo? Solving crimes on a classicly-restored vintage steam while enjoying the finer things in life?

Immerse yourself in 1 of 2 interesting and unique period murder mysteries with your friends as you snake through the Moorlands at dusk; solving classic who dunnit's over a delicious 3-course meal freshly prepared on board. Enjoy British classics such as a Roast Beef Dinner, Herb Crusted Seabass, and a selection of desserts.

Whether you're a Burgundry man like Holmes, a martini man like Bond, or instead prefer a strong cup of tea like Miss Marple, our well-stocked bar can help make the murder that much cosier.

Running on selected Saturdays in June, July, and August."

Saturday Lunch Train

Saturday Lunch Train

Enjoy an afternoon excursion through the stunning Moorlands countryside with a delicious 3-course meal.

Featuring incredible meals such as Ham Hock Terrine starters and Roasted Cod Loin & Chorizo mains, with plenty of fantastic options for vegetarians, this is a journey through our stunning Moorlands you won’t soon forget.

Add a glass of wine, bubbly, or other fine spirit from our fully-stocked bar as the cherry on top.

Sunday Lunch Train

Sunday Lunch Train

There is nothing better than a traditional Sunday lunch, so why not combine this with a relaxing journey through the heart of the Staffordshire countryside?

Our Moorlander Sunday Lunch train offers that most classic British Sunday fare: Sunday roast with all the trimmings. Indulge in roast beef or chicken, or our incredible and vegetarian-friendly roast mushroom "Meatloaf" with tarragon and garlic, all served with Yorkshire pudding, seasonal vegetables, and roast potatoes.

Breakfast Train

Breakfast Train

Kickstart a day of adventure aboard Churnet Valley Railway's Breakfast Train.

Take in the beauty of a Staffordshire morning while enjoying a freshly prepared hot breakfast aboard a vintage steam train. With classics like the 'Old English' and Eggs Benedict on the menu, alongside our local favourites –Sausage, Bacon, or Vegetarian Potters– you'll be spoilt for choice.

While all of our breakfasts are served with unlimited hot drinks and water, feel free to add a sparkle to your breakfast with a bottle of Prosecco.

The Valley Pioneer

Mid-Week Lunch Train

Treat yourself to a mid-week lunch unlike anything else with Churnet Valley Railways.

Our mid-week lunch train is guaranteed to leave your stomach and soul satisfied as you enjoy our gastronimic delights while being waited on hand and foot. Our 3-course lunch consists of a range of exciting starters, beautifully prepared mains like the classic Boeuf Bourguignon or Chicken Supreme, and classic British desserts loved by all.

Whether as a special mid-week lunch for two or trying to impress a new client with an out-of-this-world business lunch, this is one dining experience you won't forget.

Staffordshire Cream Tea

Staffordshire Cream Tea

Fancy a traditional cream tea and all the delights that go along with it?

Join our Staffordshire Cream Tea train and glide through the beautiful Moorlands countryside on a vintage steam train and indulge yourself with homemade scones, clotted cream, and jam. Bite-sized cakes made locally top off this sweet treat. We offer a gluten-free option to ensure that everyone can experience and enjoy the luxury of the Churnet Valley Railway.

Our cream teas are served with unlimited hot drinks or water, but why not make it extra special with a glass of Prosecco?

Bombay Express

Bombay Express

If you enjoy something a bit more exotic than cream teas and Sunday roasts, Churnet Valley can add some spice to your life!

Enjoy classic Indian-style curry with all the side dishes in our classic 1960s English first-class dining carriage. Savour a 3-course dinner as you watch the sun set across the Moorland’s horizon. It’s a perfect romantic date for two or special treat for a loved one.

Add an ice-cold lager or other refreshments from our bar as the final touch to a perfect day.

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Private Hire and Corporate

Looking for something out of the ordinary for your guests, colleagues, or friends? Churnet Valley Railways hosts private events aboard our fully private trains, making sure to equip them with everything you need for a memorable event.

Birthdays | Corporate Events | Weddings | Group Trips | Educational Groups | And more