Our dining trains aim to recreate the glory days of the railway dining car. The Pines Express was the Manchester to Bournemouth long-distance service that ran daily through Bitton between 1910 and 1967. Come and re-live this experience with our two and three course Sunday Dining Trains.
Due to Coronavirus some Events have been unfortunately cancelled
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You’ll embark at Bitton Station before the whistle sounds and the train gently pulls away. In the kitchen the chef busily prepares your meal with the finest local ingredients while you relax with table service and watch the rolling Avon Valley countryside pass by. The journey consists of a number of six mile round trips and you should allow approximately three hours for the occasion. These trains are usually steam hauled and depart at 12.15pm.
THREE COURSE PINES EXPRESS
A delicious three course meal with coffee and mints £40 per adult and £32 per child
Trains depart: 22 March (Mothers’ Day) & 21 June (Fathers’ Day) 2020
TWO COURSE PINES EXPRESS
A delicious two course meal with coffee and mints £34 per adult and £28 per child
Trains depart: 5 April, 3 May, 5 July, 2 Aug & 6 Sept 2020
Bitton Belle Fine Dining Train
Saturday 30 May
Following the success of our Pines Express dining trains join us for a more exclusive evening of gourmet dining on the move. Enjoy a set menu five course menu featuring the ‘Best of British’ prepared by our Head Chef Chris Carter.
Meze of appetisers – Cold beetroot spheres, quail egg and pork terrine and horseradish swirl
Salmon mousse served with lemon mayonnaise in a tomato Rose
Bitton style pork medallions with hot Somerset bramley apple sauce served on Duchess potato with baby carrots, green beans with a Calvados jus
Honey pannacotta served with local rhubarb compote and a honey shortbread bite
Local cheese slate of Somerset Brie, Mature Waldegrave Cheddar, grapes crackers and port
Coffee, homemade fudge and petit fours.
Guests arrive 6.30pm, train departs promptly at 6.45pm.
Tickets cost £55 per head (including train fare)
Enjoy a welcoming glass of Prosecco followed by a High Tea of finger sandwiches, scones with jam & cream and a selection of dainty cakes or pastries. Plus tea or coffee.
Served on the following Bank Holiday Mondays. 13 April (Easter Monday), 8 & 25 May and 31 Aug.
Just £25 per adult and £20 per child.
Join us onboard for Sunday Brunch on our first train of the day at 11am. Enjoy a set menu of orange juice, bacon, sausage, egg & mushroom bap, danish pastry and tea or coffee. The perfect way to start to your day!
Trains depart at 11am on the following weekends, Bank Holidays and Gala weekends:
Served on the following Bank Holiday Mondays: 13 April (Easter Monday), 8 (CANCELLED) & 25 May and 31 Aug.
£19 per adult and £14 per child (to include Day Rover train fare)
Steam-hauled lunchtime Fish & Chip Specials
Enjoy Fish & Chips (served with mushy peas) served onboard as you travel the line
10 April (Good Friday)
Plus the following Saturdays of the Bank Holiday weekends; 9 & 23 May 29 August
£25 per adult and £19 per child (to include Day Rover train fare)
Murder Mystery Evenings
You are invited to join us for an evening of mystery and murder. Victims and suspects gather on the platform before departure, ready for an exciting evening onboard the Avon Valley Express. During the evening there will be plots to unmask, intrigue, and even the occasional murder. Can you help the Chief Inspector unravel the mystery and solve the most important question of all, whodunit?
Our exclusive Murder Mystery trains depart at 6.45pm on;
18 April (Lights, Camera, Murder!) CANCELLED
16 May (Golden Age of the Detective) CANCELLED
20 June (Murder by Illusion) CANCELLED
18 July (Brief Encounter) CANCELLED
19 Sept )Mum’s Army, 1940s-themed)
31 Oct (Murder on the Disorientated Express).
Prices are £46 per person.
Please note, some elements of the murder mystery event are enacted on the station platform so it is advisable to wear warm clothing.
Gift vouchers are available for all of our Dining Trains, by calling the booking office on 0117 9325538.
On all services (except Brunch & Afternoon High tea) the on-board bar will be open serving a selection of wines, beers and other alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages to your table. You will also have the opportunity to buy a bottle of the following for your party.
- The Choirs Estate – Reserved Coleridge Hill (11.10% ABV) £22.00
- Cabernet Sauvignon – Los Pastos 2017 (13% ABV) £24.00
- Friulvini Extra Dry – Prosecco (11% ABV) £29.00
For your comfort and safety smoking is not permitted on the train. Parents are reminded, for the benefit of the serving staff and other guests, that children should remain seated at all times during the meal.