The Wealden Pullman, introduced in 1974, forms the perfect venue to celebrate a special occasion or for a more intimate evening.
Your meal is carefully prepared onboard and served by authentically attired Pullman Attendants whilst the train gently winds its way along the Rother Valley. Dining carriages include two historic Pullman Cars dating from the 1920's and a 1930's First Class carriage built for the Southampton Ocean Liner traffic. Each perfectly captures the atmosphere and style for which travel by Pullman train became renowned. Thus the finest traditions of the Pullman Car Company are maintained for your enjoyment and as a reminder of a more elegant age.
The Wealden Pullman is staffed by a team of dedicated volunteers, who take great pride in recreating levels of service seldom enjoyed in today's busy world. Enjoy a complimentary aperitif whilst you admire the carefully restored steam locomotive or explore the intricate marquetry panelling in Pullman Car ‘Barbara'. Take your seat and savour the moment as the train gently departs on its relaxing journey.......
Saturday Evening - menu and prices - Call 01580 765155 to book
Wealden Pullman' departs Tenterden Town Station on most Saturday evenings from April to November.
A complimentary aperitif awaits your arrival from 7pm, before boarding the train in time for departure at 7.30pm.
During the journey through the beautiful unspoilt Rother Valley, your carefully prepared meal will be silver-served by Pullman Attendants dressed in the period uniform of the Pullman Car Company. An onboard bar is available, although the Attendants are pleased to provide full table service.
On arrival at Bodiam Station, a pause allows time to visit the steam locomotive, chat with its crew and perhaps take a photograph or two. Don't forget to pass by the pantry, where you can observe and chat to the staff hard at work.
As the train returns to Tenterden Town, the dessert trolley offers an enticing range of desserts, all of which are made in the kitchen onboard the train. Coffee is served as the train is hauled up one of the steepest gradients in southern England, with Tenterden Town Station being reached at approximately 11.15pm.
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Sunday Lunch - menu and prices - Call 01580 765155 to book
A traditional Roast Lunch is served on most Sunday afternoons between April & October. Especially popular for birthdays and family celebrations, the Wealden Pullman is at Northiam Station from 12.30pm.
Join us for a complimentary aperitif whilst you chat to your fellow guests and admire the lovingly restored carriages. Liveried Pullman Attendants will be pleased to show you to your reserved table and provide any beverages required.
Following departure at 1.00pm, your meal is silver served as the train steams to Bodiam - look out for the beautiful castle just a few hundred yards from the station. On arrival, the locomotive will "run round" the train in preparation for the journey to Tenterden, passing through Northiam again on the way. Enjoy the ever changing aspect from your window: wildlife abounds in the peaceful Rother Valley. The locomotive runs around again at Tenterden before returning the train to Northiam, reached at 3.20pm.
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Sherlock Holmes Murder Mystery Themed Evenings - menu and prices - Call 01580 765155 to book
A complimentary aperitif is served from 7pm whilst guests assemble in the Art Deco Station Refreshment Rooms at Tenterden Town Station. Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson are on hand to welcome you and the scene is set for an evening of murder & mystery!
At 7.30 pm, guests are invited to board the Wealden Pullman dining train. During the journey, Holmes and Watson spring into action as the case unfolds. Armed with some background details, and some clues, you become the detective trying to pit your wits against Holmes as you race to solve the case before the great detective. For every deduction you make, more clues (or red herrings!) will be forthcoming. Further scenes are acted out in front of you, each providing information invaluable to your investigation.
There’s a short interval on arrival at Bodiam Station, but keep an eye out for further clues on the platform! Once you have made your deductions, found the motive and named the murderer you will be invited to submit your answers.
On arrival back at Tenterden Town Station, Holmes will line up all the suspects and expose their secrets one by one until the final person left is the guilty party (or are they?).
Prizes for those who solved the case are awarded, along with certificates of achievement, special awards for the best volunteer actors, as well as souvenir booklets for all.
Audience participation is a fundamental part of our themed evenings. There may be opportunities for guests to undertake some volunteer acting, be dressed as one of the suspects ... or even to take the part of a dead body!
* Saturday 1st April - "The Home Coming" Sorry, fully booked
* Saturday 8th April - "The Wealden Pullman Theft" Sorry, fully booked
* Saturday 21st October - "The Wealden Pullman Blackmailer"
* Saturday 28th October - "The Wealden Pullman Theft"
Saturday Evening Dinners in December - menu and prices - Call 01580 765155 to book
Celebrate with a five-course dinner on our Saturday evening services. There's a gift for everyone from Father Christmas too!
New Years' Eve - menu and prices - Call 01580 765155 to book
Welcome the New Year with a very special service featuring an eight-course meal, extended journey, complimentary drinks, onboard jazz band and an exclusive firework display at midnight! Sorry, fully booked
The Wealden Pullman may be privately hired for special occasions, wedding receptions, business conferences, office functions, corporate entertainment and product launches.
A range of packages are available, from simple luncheons to full evening meals, all of which are silver-served onboard the train as it steams through the picturesque Rother Valley.
Further details of private hire may be found in the Wealden Pullman Charter Pack above, or click below to download in pdf format
Other types of train may also be hired. With a collection of locomotives and carriages dating from Victorian times to the 1960's, we will be pleased to quote for your exclusive meeting or special function. Call 01580 765155 or email your interest.
Facilities & Seating Arrangements
Please note that table positions are fixed. Dinner services are unsuitable for children and Luncheon services are unsuitable for children under the age of 5. Children must be fully supervised at all times and need to remain seated throughout the journey. We regret it is not possible to accommodate high chairs. Infant & Child seats are chargeable at the child rate, irrespective of their age. Limited access by wheelchair users is available to Pullman Car Theodora: please contact us for advice. Toilet facilities are available in each dining car and accessible toilets are located at Tenterden Town, Northiam and Bodiam Stations.
Many of our guests choose to complement the period atmosphere of the Wealden Pullman in their dress style. Guests are respectfully advised that T-shirts, jeans and trainers are not permitted. In keeping with the Pullman tradition, gentlemen are requested to wear a tie.
Special Dietary and Allergenic Requirements
We aim to accommodate all guests' special dietary and allergenic requirements. In order to meet your specific needs we require any such details at the time of booking. Our Chef will contact you prior to your visit to discuss your requirements personally. We regret that we shall be unable to accommodate any requests made once the train has departed.
Gratuities are discretionary. Should you wish to leave a gratuity, our staff have chosen that all donations from Wealden Pullman customers be used to make improvements to the train. In this way, there is complete fairness and both our volunteers and customers see the train continue to improve. Donations are kept in a restricted fund and may only be used to make improvements to the train. Thanks to the generosity of our customers in this way, we were recently able to purchase another Pullman Car for restoration and eventual inclusion in the train - see A new Pullman Car to join the ''Wealden Pullman' dining train
How to book
Wealden Pullman services are extremely popular, so early reservations are strongly recommended. Availability changes daily: current information may be obtained by contacting the Booking Office by telephone on 01580 765155. Most major credit/debit cards are accepted. Alternatively, please call in at the Booking Office within Tenterden Town Station to make your reservation in person. Wealden Pullman Gift Vouchers are also available.
Important Booking Conditions
Payment in full must accompany your booking. We shall be pleased to cater for any special dietary or allergenic requirements, but these must be advised at the time of booking.
In the event that you request cancellation of a confirmed booking, a refund will be made if the seats can be resold. In such cases, an administration fee of £10.00 per ticket will be levied. A similar charge will apply to requests for alterations, which will be granted at the discretion of CSRE Ltd. The Wealden Pullman is normally hauled by a steam locomotive, but the K&ESR reserves the right to substitute diesel haulage in the event of breakdown, high fire risk or other operational need.
Catering services are provided by Colonel Stephens Railway Enterprises Ltd. - a wholly owned subsidiary of the Kent & East Sussex Railway Company Limited - the registered charity that owns and operates the Kent & East Sussex Railway. Conditions of Carriage of passengers & their luggage are available for inspection at all station Booking Halls.
In accordance with the Licensing Act, the Pullman Conductor, or his Appointed Person, reserve the right to refuse admission.