All aboard the Munchtime Express

Tuesday 05th November 2013
The month-long promotion will see a different restaurant board the First Great Western service each week to offer train passengers free samples of their food, while travelling the scenic line from Looe to Liskeard, return. 

The Looe restaurants taking part will be: The Old Sail Loft; Barclay House; Ocean & Earth Thai Restaurant; The Blue Plate and the Plough at Duloe. 

Rebecca Catterall from the Devon and Cornwall Rail Partnership, which is helping to coordinate the event, said: 

“There are many excellent restaurants in and around the Looe Valley and this event is a great opportunity to sample some of their food whilst enjoying a trip on the Looe Valley Line.” 

First Great Western’s General Manager West David Crome said: 

“First Great Western is committed to supporting the communities we serve and, surrounded by some of the best ingredients in the World, we are happy to announce the return of the Munchtime Express. 

“Following the ethos of our Pullman Dining, what better way to keep people moving than to let them do so while discovering some of the hidden food gems in their area, with produce cooked and presented by our own local restaurateurs.” 

The FGW service leaves Looe station at 1247 on the 5, 12, 19, 26 November and 3 December for one round trip, arriving back at 13 50. Normal train fares apply. An Adult Off Peak Day Return fare from Looe to Liskeard is £4.00. GroupSave allows four people to travel for the price of two Adult Off Peak Day Return fares. 

Those wishing to travel on this year’s Munchtime Express should contact the Devon and Cornwall Rail Partnership in advance to ensure a place on the train by calling 01752 584777 or email 

This is the fourth year the Munchtime Express has run.  In 2010, the Munchtime Express won Best Marketing Event at the National Community Rail Awards, held that year in Sheffield.