Enjoy award-winning pastries and more from these Bristol-based pie merchants, a favourite with celebrities such as Kate Moss and John Cleese. Choose from an extensive selection, including their famous beef steak Moo Moo Pie, or the goat’s cheese and sweet potato-filled Heidi Pie.
Get there: Take FGW train to Bristol Temple Meads
2. Sarah’s Pasty Shop, Looe
Historically, it was said that the devil would never dare to cross the River Tamar into Cornwall for fear of ending up as a filling in a Cornish pasty. While Sarah’s Pasty Shop doesn’t offer this bygone recipe, it’s a family-run business that takes Cornwall’s famous fodder very seriously.
Get there: Take FGW train to Looe
3. Menu Gordon Jones, Bath
Gordon Jones is a young chef with culinary skills beyond his years. With a number of awards already in his wake, Jones continues to impress with experimental recipes such as tandoori cod tongues with squid coleslaw, avocado yoghurt and smoked paprika taco. Custodians can expect a taster menu that is updated daily, ensuring that each and every visit is as unique as the first.
Get there: Take FGW train to Bath Spa
4. Hanbury’s, Torquay
Winner of the South West Independent Fish and Chip Shop of the Year Award 2013, Hanbury’s is no small fry. They have a commitment to sourcing their fish sustainably, using ingredients and produce from the local area. We’ve also committed ourselves to supporting local producers with our 50:15 pledge. The top fifty products on the fine dining Pullman service, Traveling Chef and Express Café menus are sourced within 15 miles of the railway lines. This allows us to reduce the food miles, as well as support local businesses based near First Great Western’s routes.
Get there: Take FGW train to Torquay
5. The Seahorse, Dartmouth
Winner of the Good Food Guide’s Best Seafood Restaurant in the UK 2013, this is sure to be a gastronomic experience that you will never forget. Owner and head chef Mitch Tonks only works with the best and freshest ingredients and where possible, these are locally sourced. In collaboration with Mitch, we’ve created Pullman Fine Dining onboard our trains to cater to lovers of fine cuisine. The menu consists of locally sourced produce, GM free ingredients and is accompanied by wines matched to the meal itself.
Get there: Take FGW train to Totnes