Tenterden - Northiam - Bodiam
 
Kent & East Sussex Railway
Pullman train

The Wealden Pullman 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.

Pullman serviceDining carriages include 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, maintaining the finest traditions of the Pullman Car Company 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' & 'Theodora'. Take your seat and savour the moment as the train gently departs on its relaxing journey.......

Choose from Saturday Lunches, Saturday Evening Dinners, Sunday Lunches, Christmas Dinners and a very special New Years Eve celebration


Saturday Evening Dinners

Wealden Pullman' departs Tenterden Town Station on Saturday evenings from April to November.

A complimentary aperitif awaits your arrival from 6.30pm, before boarding the train in time for departure at 7.00pm.

During the journey through the beautiful unspoilt Rother Valley, your carefully prepared meal will be 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 kitchen 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, all of which are made 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 10.30pm.

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2024 dates: Table for two people £249; Table for four £498 (price includes aperitif, meal & train fare)

If you wish to book more than one table, or have any special requirements, we suggest booking by telephone. Please note that online booking does not offer the ability to book for specific carriages within the Wealden Pullman train. If you have any queries, please contact us by email

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December Evening Dinners

Celebrate the festive season with a five-course dinner on our evening services. There's a complimentary seasonal aperitif on arrival plus a gift for everyone from Father Christmas too!

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December 2024: Table for two people £260; Table for four £520 (price includes aperitif, meal & train fare)

If you wish to book more than one table, or have any special requirements, we suggest booking by telephone. Please note that online booking does not offer the ability to book for specific carriages within the Wealden Pullman train. If you have any queries, please contact us by email

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New Years' Eve

Welcome the New Year with a very special service featuring an six-course meal, extended journey, complimentary drinks, onboard jazz band and an exclusive firework display at midnight!

NYE 2024: Table for two people£590; Table for four people £1180 (price includes beverages, meal, train fare, onboard Jazz Band and Firework display at midnight)

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Saturday Lunch

A three course lunch is served on selected Saturdays. There's a complimentary glass of Prosecco as you join the train at Northiam Station from 12.30pm for a departure at 1.00pm.

Your meal is prepared and cooked onboard the train and served as the train steams to Bodiam and then on to Tenterden, where the locomotive runs around to return your train back to Northiam, where it arrives at 3.20pm.

View or download the menu here

2024 dates: Table for two people £195; Table for four £390 (price includes aperitif, meal & train fare)

If you wish to book more than one table, or have any special requirements, we suggest booking by telephone. Please note that online booking does not offer the ability to book for specific carriages within the Wealden Pullman train. If you have any queries, please contact us by email

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Sunday Lunch

A traditional Roast Lunch is served on Sunday afternoons between April & October. Especially popular for birthdays and family celebrations, the Wealden Pullman is available for boarding 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.

View or download menus here

2024 dates: Table for two people £195; Table for four £390 (price includes aperitif, meal & train fare)

If you wish to book more than one table, or have any special requirements, we suggest booking by telephone. Please note that online booking does not offer the ability to book for specific carriages within the Wealden Pullman train. If you have any queries, please contact us by email

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Sparkling Afternoon Tea

We're delighted to offer opportunities to enjoy a Sparkling Afternoon Tea aboard the Wealden Pullman this year. The train will be available for boarding at Northiam Station from 12.30pm on selected dates and, following departure at 1.00pm, liveried Pullman Attendants will serve your freshly prepared Sparkling Afternoon Tea as the train steams to Bodiam, Tenterden and return through the glorious Rother Valley - an area of outstanding natural beauty. Included in the ticket price are your three course Afternoon Tea and two glasses of different local sparkling wines.

The train arrives back at Northiam Station at 3.20pm.

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Table for two people £159; Table for four £318 (price includes two glasses of local sparkling wine, afternoon tea & train fare)

If you wish to book more than one table, or have any special requirements, we suggest booking by telephone. Please note that online booking does not offer the ability to book for specific carriages within the Wealden Pullman train. If you have any queries, please contact us by email

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Facilities & Seating Arrangements

Please note that table positions are fixed. If you wish to book multiple tables, please contact us by email or telephone 01580 765155 as online booking does not offer allocation of adjacent tables. Evening dinner services are unsuitable for children and Luncheon services are unsuitable for children under the age of five. 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. Whilst we will always try to accommodate requests for specific tables or carriages, the limited accommodation available means we are unable to guarantee such requests. Limited access for folding wheelchair users is available to Pullman Car Theodora: please contact us before booking for further details. Toilet facilities are available in each dining car and accessible toilets are located at Tenterden Town, Northiam and Bodiam Stations.

Dress Code

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 personally prior to your visit to discuss your requirements. We regret that we shall be unable to accommodate any requests made once the train has departed.

 

Gratuities

Gratuities are discretionary. Should you wish to leave a gratuity, our staff have chosen that donations 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 also welcome to our appeal

How to book

Wealden Pullman services are extremely popular, so early reservations are strongly recommended. Book online via the buttons above or contact us by telephone or email. Please note that table positions are fixed. If you wish to book multiple tables, please contact us by email or telephone 01580 765155 as online booking does not offer allocation of adjacent tables.

Pullman Gift CardK&ESR Gift Cards are available for any value and may be redeemed in full or part payment for a Wealden Pullman booking, a daytime train ride, a Cream Tea, a souvenir from the Gift Shop or even membership of the charity that owns and operates the K&ESR. Click on the image to purchase

 

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A train of your own!

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.

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 -  enquiries@kesr.org.uk

Wealden Pullman Booking Conditions

Saturday Evening Dinner ticket price consists of Table D'Hôte Menu and Pullman travel ticket

December Evening Dinner ticket price consists of Table D'Hôte Menu and Pullman travel ticket

Sunday Lunch ticket price consists of Table D'Hôte Menu and Pullman travel ticket

All prices include VAT where applicable

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 table can be resold. In such cases, an administration fee of £10.00 per table will be levied. A similar charge will apply to requests for alterations, which will be granted at the discretion of CSRE Ltd.

In the event that the government or authorities heighten COVID control measures and we are obliged to cancel Wealden Pullman services, we will make every endeavour to re-book you for an alternative date, subject to availability. Alternatively, the value of your booking will be transferred to a K&ESR Gift Card which may be used to purchase a wide range of tickets, Gifts & Experiences - Gift Cards are valid for 2 years. Should you require a refund, the value will be refunded to the originally used payment card/method.

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. Full terms and conditions are shown here

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