Cornish Belle Dining Trains
The Cornish Belle Dining Trains are among the top Bodmin & Wenford Railway attractions. Like the name suggests, they offer much more than just a ride through the beautiful Cornish countryside. They offer an unforgettable steam train ride and a world-class dining experience which includes a full course meal.
Experience the Golden Age of Steam Railways
Steam-hauled trains have disappeared from the British railways in the 1960s when they have been replaced by diesel and electrical engines. Nevertheless, a few continue to operate on heritage railways such as the Bodmin & Wenford Railway.
The Cornish Belle Dining Trains bring history back to life. In addition to being hauled by a steam locomotive, all feature beautifully restored and decorated historic coaches which on the one hand, offer an authentic experience of the ‘Golden Age of Steam Railways’ and on the other, all the comfort and luxury to enjoy every minute of the ride which lasts about a couple of hours.
Food & Drink
While enjoying the ride through the Cornish countryside in the style of the ‘Steam Era’, passengers aboard the Cornish Belle Dining Train are served a full course meal. Each ride has a different menu but all include the starters, main course and dessert, as well as coffee/tea and mints. There is also a vegetarian option and a rich selection of drinks including wines, beers, spirits, juices and soft drinks.
Timetables and Bookings
The Cornish Belle Dining Trains operate during Sundays at the time of lunch and Saturday evenings throughout the year. There are also rides during holidays and special events/occasions (note that the tables are quickly booked out). It is also possible to hire a Dining Train for private celebrations/parties including birthdays, weddings, anniversaries, etc.
It is highly recommended to book a table as soon as possible.
Other Useful Information
Please note that dogs are not allowed on Dining Trains (but are permitted on ‘standard’ daytime trains). The operator also reserves the right to use a diesel locomotive but only if steam hauling isn’t possible for one reason or the other. The trains depart from the Bodmin General Station where there are also free parking facilities for the passengers. The Bodmin General can also be reached by train from London, Plymouth, Bristol and elsewhere, and just about any train station in Cornwall.