First Great Western brings fine dining back to Welsh trains, increases the number of trains with Pullman dining carriages, and adds even more local food to its menus.
Fine dining on trains has returned to Wales as First Great Western (FGW) cooks up a new Pullman menu for trains that run between London and Swansea and extends its Pullman menu to 10 trains daily.
Once patronised by the likes of Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor, the new Pullman menu combines the elegance of a bygone age with a locally-sourced modern selection - offering breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner services through the day.
From today diners can drink English tea grown at Tregothnan in Cornwall; eat English burrata cheese from Hampshire; and try Omelette Arnold Bennett made with eggs and smoked haddock from Somerset. This announcement follows the successful launch of a new menu and additional Pullman dining services on routes to South West England last year.
First Great Western’s Jo Elliott said: “First Great Western is committed to supporting the communities we serve. What better way to do that than by helping local farmers and producers and serve up dishes cooked with their own ingredients; prepared and presented with the skill and delicacy that this top of the range produce deserves.
“The West Country and Wales are full of the finest ingredients on earth, so it is inspiring to give passengers a taste of the area they are visiting. We took the plunge last year and it is working. I encourage other train companies to get on-board.”
The launch saw FGW promise to fill its dining menu with as many products sourced from as close to the railway line as possible and it has increased the number of new Pullman services from four to 10 in the last 18 months.
In addition to the new ingredients the menu includes award-winning produce from a third generation family butcher, fourth generation family baker and fifth generation family cheese maker. So far almost 90 locally-made products have replaced their mass-market counterparts - up from 50 since it launched this initiative a year ago.
FGW is also adding yet more locally-made food to its Express Café range, found on board every High Speed Train, including: Tregroes Waffles from the Teifi Valley; Cuckoo Bircher Muesli; Pembrokeshire sparkling water; Somerset cider; Herefordshire crisps; and Cornish shortbread. The company had already added cheese from cows that graze the banks of Cornwall’s Frenchman’s Creek; hand-raised pies from Somerset: and haddock smoked over oak on the Somerset Levels.
The extra Pullman Dining services are:
0553 Plymouth to London Paddington, breakfast
0558 Swansea to London Paddington, breakfast
1006 London Paddington to Plymouth, brunch
1045 London Paddington to Swansea, brunch
For a full menu or to find out more information and a list of all of the dining services offered view our Pullman Dining page.