ALL ABOARD FOR FES­TIVE FARE

The Weekend Australian - Travel - - Travel -

PRAWNS, man­goes and aerosol snow are all per­fectly nice ways to cel­e­brate the hol­i­day sea­son down un­der but a Christ­mas trip to Bri­tain adds a whole new di­men­sion to the fes­tiv­i­ties.

Ori­ent-Ex­press is serv­ing a spe­cial Christ­mas menu on lunch or din­ner jour­neys on North­ern Belle be­tween Lon­don and Ed­in­burgh un­til De­cem­ber 22. It’s not en­tirely tra­di­tional — lob­ster bisque and a three-bird roast rather than turkey ac­com­pa­ny­ing the cran­berry sauce— but there are brus­sels sprouts (very big in Bri­tain at Christ­mas de­spite vir­tu­ally no one ac­tu­ally en­joy­ing them) and a proper pud with cham­pagne to round out the meal.

Trav­ellers who want more from their train trip than great food with an ever-chang­ing view could opt for a slightly longer day trip on North­ern Belle to a des­ti­na­tion such as Ch­ester, Can­ter­bury or Sal­is­bury.

Spe­cial jour­neys dur­ing De­cem­ber of­fer vis­i­tors brunch, the chance to at­tend a carol recital at the his­toric cathe­dral of their cho­sen city and a five-course din­ner with wine and cham­pagne on the re­turn trip to Lon­don. Prices start at £260 ($613) .

Those with more time should con­sider visit­ing a Christ­mas mar­ket, which are held across Bri­tain from late Novem­ber, many of them smelling won­der­fully of roast­ing chest­nuts, mulled wine and sage-filled lo­cal sausages.

Ed­in­burgh has at least three Christ­mas mar­kets: one Ger­man-style, an­other with a high­land vil­lage theme and a more tra­di­tional event. The city also of­fers a num­ber of con­certs and carol ser­vices as well as a ceilidh. Carly Chynoweth

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