At the station

Originally erected in 1922, this building was formerly the “Maidstone & District Motor Services” waiting room at Palace Avenue, Maidstone and is reputed to have been Britain’s first purpose built bus station. Today, its Art Deco interior is a pleasant place to enjoy a local ale or some light refreshments – there’s always something great to enjoy!

The Station Refreshment Rooms are accessible to wheelchair users and normally open between 10am and 4.30pm when train services operate. Please note that dogs (other than assistance dogs) are not permitted in the Station Refreshment Rooms.

Afternoon Tea

Served on crisp white linen tablecloths, our Afternoon Teas include a selection of sandwiches, cheese scone, a warm fruit scone, Roddas Cornish Clotted Cream, butter and Tiptree Strawberry Preserve. Served with a selection of cakes and a pot of tea or cafetiere of coffee. Advance booking is essential

£17.95 per person

Celebrating? Upgrade to a Sparkling Afternoon Tea – includes a 200ml bottle of Prosecco

£22.95 per person

Add a beautiful bouquet of fresh flowers to an Afternoon Tea or a Sparkling Afternoon Tea as a special touch, for an additional £25.00

Tea Rooms, Northiam Station

Hot & cold drinks, cakes, pastries & ice creams are available from our award winning Tea Room at Northiam Station (seasonal opening, subject to volunteer availability)

Gift Shop, Bodiam Station

Light refreshments are available from the Gift Shop at Bodiam Station (seasonal opening, subject to volunteer availability)

On the train

Couple the excitement of a ride on the train with some delicious refreshments. Pre-booking is required and the Catering Steward will ensure that your seats are reserved and table prepared for you.

Looking for something different to give? Our Gift Cards can be used to book any of the items below

We also aim to provide, on the departures detailed above, a service for the sale of light refreshments. Please note that we are unable to accept Credit, Debit or Gift Card payments onboard the train – cash only please.

Coffee and Pastry

Enjoy a cup of tea or coffee and a delicious Danish Pastry, served at your table as you steam through the delightful Rother Valley

£4.95 per person + fare

Cream Tea

Two delicious warm Fruit Scones, Butter, Tiptree Strawberry Preserve and Rodda’s Cornish Clotted Cream, followed by a little cake…… Served at your table with tea or coffee

£6.95 per person + fare

Add a chilled 200ml bottle of Prosecco for an additional £5

Ploughman’s Lunch

A traditional Ham & Cheddar Ploughman’s Lunch featuring local produce. Vegetarian & Vegan options available. Served with tea or coffee.

£8.50 per person + fare

Add a chilled 200ml bottle of Prosecco for an additional £5

Kids’ Munch Bag

Combine the excitement of a trip on a steam train with one of our unique K&ESR Kids’ Munch Bags: they’re packed with a selection of scrummy food and drink

£4.50 + fare

Fish & Chip Lunch

Enjoy freshly cooked Fish & Chips on a lunchtime steam train this summer. Reserved seats aboard the 1:15pm departure from Tenterden on any Tuesday or Thursday between April and September (see our timetable for dates). Your meal will be freshly cooked and served to your table as the train departs from Tenterden Station. Followed by a cup of freshly brewed tea or coffee.

Select from: Cod & Chips; Plaice & Chips; Haddock & Chips; Jumbo Sausage & Chips; Chicken & Chips; Vegetarian Spring Roll & Chips

Available for groups of 15+ Please allow at least 24hrs notice

£10.95 + fare


Let us prepare a sumptuous picnic hamper for you to collect from the Station Refreshment Rooms at Tenterden Station. We have two types available, with typical contents of:

Standard Hamper: a freshly cut sandwich selection, pork pie, Pringles, Fresh Fruit, soft drink and a scrummy cake


Premium Hamper: a freshly cut sandwich selection, Tyrells Crisps, Salad Box, Quiche, Cheese & Crackers, Slice of Cake, Fresh Fruit, soft drink


Kids Munch Bag

Perfect for the little ones!

£4.50 each

Adult Meal Deal Bags are also available to buy on the day from the Station Refreshment Rooms – £5.95 (sandwich, drink & Pringles). Napkins, cutlery & condiments are also provided. Chilled alcoholic beverages may be included at additional cost – add a chilled 200ml bottle of Prosecco for just £5. When you’ve finished, the hamper may be returned to staff at any station or train. Advance booking required.

Fish & Chip Suppers

Board at Tenterden from 6:00pm ready for a 6:30pm departure. Your chosen meal will be served on departure and there’s an opportunity (additional charge applies) to enjoy a glass of wine, locally brewed ale or cup of tea or coffee from the at-seat trolley service as you travel towards Bodiam.

At Bodiam Station the Gift Shop will be open before the train returns to Tenterden for a 9.15pm arrival.

Choose from: Cod & Chips; Plaice & Chips; Haddock & Chips; Jumbo Sausage & Chips; Chicken & Chips; Vegetarian Spring Roll & Chips.

£28.95 adult, £22.95 child (3-15yrs)

Please note that the trolley service on board the train accepts payments in cash only. Fish & Chip Supper trains are normally hauled by a heritage diesel locomotive.

Real Ale & Cider Trains

With some of the finest micro-brewery real ales, normally including one from each of our neighbours the Old Dairy Brewery and the Rother Valley Brewing Company, our Real Ale Trains are an evening to remember! The train of 1950’s era corridor carriages, which includes wheelchair user access in ‘Petros’, will be ready for boarding at Tenterden town Station from 6.30pm.

Departing at 7.00pm, your choice of meal is served as the train travels to Bodiam. Book in advance & there’s a souvenir branded pint glass to take home!

At Bodiam Station there’s a live band providing entertainment for the duration of the station stop and arrival back at Tenterden is scheduled for 9.45pm.

£29 per person including return train travel, your meal, live band at Bodiam and souvenir branded pint glass. Please note that the bar on board the train accepts payments in cash only.