Step back in time to 1950's ocean liner glamour and dress for Saturday dinner on board our elegant boat train carriages. Enjoy a delicious four course silver service meal whilst you meander through stunning Hampshire countryside on a trip to savour.
The Watercress Belle is formed of ex British Railways Mk1 coaches including two First Class open saloons. These coaches were originally used on premier services from London Waterloo to Southampton Docks connecting into the sailings of the Ocean Liners such as the Queen Mary. Some of our Steam Locomotives preserved on the Mid-Hants Line worked these luxury services over the former Southern Region of British Railways in the Age of Steam.
First Class train fare and meal price for 2018, £65.00 per person booked per table of two or four on select Saturdays. Departs Alresford Station at 7.20pm sharp returning to Alresford Station approximately 10.45pm. There is a minimum age of 16 and a smart dress code.
Menus - will be added at a later date.
All of our dining trains are advance booking only. As these trains are immensely popular we recommend that you book early to avoid disappointment.
Due to the fixed seating layout bookings are made per complete table of two or table of four.
Bookings can only be made with full payment.
Prices include train fare and meal but exclude drinks. Wines, spirits, beer and soft drinks are available from the wine waiting staff at extra cost. There is an on-board cash bar available immediately prior to the first departure from Alresford station.
To assist our staff in making the most of your visit, please indicate at the end of the booking if there is a special celebration and provide us with the name of the person or persons for whom this is a special occasion.
Menus and Dietary Requirements
All of our dining trains have a fixed menu which will be available on the website for each particular date. If you require the vegetarian option this must be ordered in advance. To avoid embarrassment on the day, please give details on the booking form or at least two weeks before if any member of your party has any special dietary requirements or allergies that require a different meal to be provided, eg: vegan, vegetarian, gluten free, dairy free, no nuts, no red meat, no mushrooms, no shellfish, etc. Please note that it is impossible for us to provide an alternative to the fixed menu if we are only advised on the day.
Evening dining trains depart Alresford Station at 7.20pm sharp returning to Alresford Station approximately 10.45pm unless otherwise stated.
Meals are served during two round trips on the line. Please allow good time to park and arrive at Alresford station prior to your departure.
Our Watercress Belle has a smart dress code - shirts and jackets for the gentlemen and dresses or smart trousers for the ladies. Many of our guest like to wear formal evening dress - lounge suits and cocktail dresses. Strictly no jeans, trainers, shorts or flip-flops.
We regret that there can be no refund for ‘no show’ customers. Cancellations notified in writing, at least four weeks before the booked date will be refunded less a £10 admin fee; shorter notice cancellations are not entitled to a refund but the company will try to re-sell the tickets. If a purchaser is found then the cost, less an administration charge of £10, will be refunded.
Customers with limited mobility can use their wheelchair to board the service but, due to the internal dimensions of our dining carriages, wheelchairs cannot then be used for access to seats or for mobility once on board.
There are four toilets on board, two in each coach.
On Watercress Belle dining trains we have a minimum age of 16.
Whilst every effort is made to haul the dining trains by steam locomotive and use the coaches as described, there may be the need to use diesel power and/or alternative coaching stock subject to necessity. The company reserves the right to make such changes for whatever reason and without prior notice being given.
No smoking or vaping is allowed anywhere on the Watercress Belle.
The Davidstow 3 year old vintage cheddar available for each event has been generously donated by Dairy Crest.