Familiar chefs are popping up on board vintage trains…

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There is a veritable bevy of Michelin-starred chefs in Britain. We are lucky enough to have some of the best chefs in the world cooking up everything from fine-dining dinners to traditional suppers. So what shall we do with them all this year? Pack them up on a train!

Don’t worry we’re not getting rid of them. Quite the opposite; the UK’s most renowned Michelin-starred chefs – think Raymond Blanc, James Martin and Tom Kerridge – will be heading into much smaller, moving kitchens on board luxury trains. The Belmond British Pullman and Belmond Northern Belle are already highly sought by glamourous time-travelling guests. With their luxurious Art Deco 1920s-30s carriages, each train transports you to an age of glitz and glamour – the Golden Age of travel. Yes, there was a time before soggy cheese sandwiches were the only option for train-travellers and these star chefs will be taking diners’ palates on a memorable journey.


James Martin, of Saturday Kitchen fame, will be treating diners to five courses of award-winning food along with plenty of fine wines and Champagne a-flowing on a round trip through some of the country’s most beautiful countryside, on the 12 March.

The 11th July sees bright and bubbly Tom Kerridge, chef patron of the only two-Michelin-starred pub, gracing the British Pullman from London Victoria and dishing up a seasonal tasting menu. If you’ve visited the Hand & Flowers, you’ll know what to expect, but in a completely different environment.

While Anton Mosimann is welcomed on board this October and brings to the carriage table his signature ‘cuisine naturelle’ but an altogether exclusive menu concocted specifically for the trip. The Orient Express has nothing on this!


Later in the year luxury train, Belmond Northern Belle (a sister restaurant to Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat ‘Sasion and one of the Belmond Collection) will be welcoming Raymond Blanc to her on board kitchen. While it may be a little while away (the journey is not scheduled until November) it’s advisable to get your skates on if you want a piece of the action, as there is only room for 60 couples on board. These lucky couples will be picked up in York and whisked into the scenic Cumbrian countryside on a gloriously vintage and utterly indulgent round trip, dining on food fit for royalty.

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