We offer a range of refreshment options, both at the station and on-board our trains, using some of the best local produce.
At the station
Station Refreshment Rooms, Tenterden Town
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 freshly prepared meal, local ale or some light refreshments. Our menu changes daily and our special offers ensure there’s always something great to enjoy!
The Station Refreshment Rooms are accessible to wheelchair users and open between 10am and 4.30pm every day that train services operate. Additional seating is available outside adjacent to the children’s play area, from where you may watch the trains arrive & depart. If you’re not travelling on our trains, the cost of a standard platform ticket is refunded when purchasing refreshments. Please note that dogs (other than assistance dogs) are not permitted in the Station Refreshment Rooms.
The Station Refreshment Rooms are also available for private functions: please contact us
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 essential 01580 765155
£17.95 per person
Upgrade to a Sparkling Afternoon Tea including 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)
Couple the excitement of a ride on the train with some delicious refreshments. In addition to our popular Wealden Pullman dining train, we are pleased to offer a range of everyday catering options served on-board your train. There are normally refreshments available on 'green' & 'yellow' timetable departures at 10:40am; 1:15pm & 3:35pm from Tenterden and 11:40am, 2:15pm & 4:35pm from Bodiam. When the 'blue' timetable is in operation, the 12:15am & 3:00pm from Tenterden and 1:18pm & 4:03pm departures from Bodiam usually have catering available. 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 - Call 01580 765155 to book or buy a Gift Card online
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 - Call 01580 765155 to book or buy a Gift Card online
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 (usually £5.50)
Ploughman's Lunch - Call 01580 765155 to book or buy a Gift Card online
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 - Call 01580 765155 to book or buy a Gift Card online
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 - for groups of 15+ Call 01580 765155 to book
Enjoy freshly cooked Fish & Chips on a lunchtime steam train this summer. Reserve your seats aboard the 1:15pm departure from Tenterden on any Tuesday or Thursday between April and September (see our timetable for operating 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. £10.95 + fare. A range of chilled soft & alcoholic beverages are available to purchase on board.
Please allow at least 24hrs notice
Hampers & Meal Deals - Call 01580 765155 to book or buy a Gift Card online
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 content per person shown below:
- Standard Hamper: a freshly cut sandwich selection, pork pie, Pringles, Fresh Fruit, soft drink and a scrummy cake £8.95
- Premium Hamper: a freshly cut sandwich selection, Tyrells Crisps, Salad Box, Quiche, Cheese & Crackers, Slice of Cake, Fresh Fruit, soft drink £12.95
Why not add a Kids Munch Bag 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.
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 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 (additional charge applies). 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.
Online booking prices include train fares: £28.95 adult, £22.95 child (3-15yrs) Advance booking is required for these popular services Buy a Gift Card online
Please note that the trolley service on board the train accepts payments in cash only.
Wednesday 3rd June 2020 - CANCELLED
Please allow at least 24hrs notice. Fish & Chip Supper trains are normally hauled by a heritage diesel locomotive.
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. When booking in advance, there's a souvenir branded pint glass to take home and the selection of Real Ales from the onboard bar are from just £3.00 per pint!
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.
The price of £29 includes return train travel, your meal, the live entertainment at Bodiam and a souvenir branded pint glass. Book online below or or buy a Gift Card online
Please note that the bar on board the train accepts payments in cash only.
Friday 12th June 2020 (Steam Hauled Real Ale Train) - CANCELLED