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Ascot Race Day Dining - £55.00 Per Person - Depart Froghall 13:30

Dust off your "Sunday Best's" as we're off to the Races! You will enjoy a three course meal aboard the Moorlander Dining Train with this unique experience.

Join us aboard our beautiful dining carriages en route to the Races! Enjoy a delicious three-course meal while you take in the glorious countryside of the Staffordshire Moorlands and picture yourself journeying to the Royal Ascot Races (Ipstones)!

During the 2020 lockdown we had a number of volunteers eager to get back to the railway and out of the house. When we started to return we agreed on a number of projects across the railway, one of them being the removal and renovation of the Kitchen Coach platewarmer. Upon removal of the warmer we found a 1981 Ascot Race Day Menu which is a fantastic piece of railway history. We have been inspired to recreate the journey from Manchester Picadilly to the Royal Ascot aboard our first-class dining train.

We’re offering a traditional three-course race day menu, dining in style with a complimentary glass of prosecco upon your arrival. We would love to see your best race day attire, so ride with us in your finery for what is sure to be an unforgettable experience.

Attire: We encourage you to attend in your finery and ladies to wear Hats as the best hat shall receive a £15 gift voucher to use in the gift shop at Froghall. Whilst this is not compulsory, we do ask that all passengers are in smart casual attire with trainers, sandals, t-shirts and tracksuits not permitted. 

*** Our train will be travelling on the Churnet Valley Railway – the route described above is the route of the former Ascot Special Service ***

Due to the nature of the heritage kitchen coach we are only able to accommodate a gluten free and vegetarian option.

Unfortunately we are unable to offer vegan, dairy free, nut free products, halal meat and any other dietary requirements.

Please make sure to list if there are any gluten free or vegetarian passengers in your party in the special instructions.

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Due to the nature of our coaches you may be sat with other people at a table of 4 . Only those with the correct exclusive voucher will be guaranteed a table of 2

Vouchers can be bought from

(Excluding Breakfast Trains and Murder Mystery)

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We offer a full bar on board where you can buy a range of drinks or if you prefer you can pre-order drinks and these will be ready and waiting at your table on arrival.

Drinks are priced individually and not included in the ticket price.

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We are immensely proud of our home county of Staffordshire, from its impressive industrial history, to its captivating landscapes and, of course, its award-winning produce.

The pride we have for our area is evident in our menus, which have been carefully designed to encompass our passion for seasonal and where possible locally sourced, quality ingredients.

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All of our dining trains operate a smart casual dress code.

No tracksuits, walking shoes, trainers, hats or sweatshirts are allowed.

Dining Train passengers can wear lounge suits or black-tie if they wish to do so however this is not compulsory.

We would like to remind all passengers that this can be a once in a lifetime experience for some of our guests and that some passengers maybe celebrating special occasions.

We politely ask that all guests remain mindful of others during their visit.

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There are customer toilets on board the dining train.

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We welcome well behaved children over the age of 12 years old on our lunch or cream tea trains & 8 years old on our breakfast train.

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Dogs are NOT permitted on the dining coach with the exception of Service Dogs.

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There is free parking at Froghall Station with limited Disabled Parking.

We advise that you arrive at least 30 minutes prior to departure.

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If you are in possession of a voucher then please call the booking office to book your table. If you would like to purchase one please go to

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Yes if you visit they have a selection of table for two guarantees available

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