...create heritage dining
The North Yorkshire Moors Railway just celebrated its 50th anniversary. Jessica Pook
stepped onboard to discover its enduring appeal
LAY ON THE SILVER SERVICE
The North Yorkshire Moors Railway runs rail dining experiences for up to 109 passengers as they travel across the rural Yorkshire countryside in the UK. With silver service, three-course dining and themed journeys, it specialises in laying on the style and offering seasonal menus using local produce.
USE SMALL SCREEN SUCCESS
Pullman dining train manager, Gill Brown, has been catering the train for seven years and recently made an apperance on ‘The Yorkshire Steam Railway: All Aboard’, a three-part Channel 5 documentary which aired earlier this year. Since the programme, bookings have surged with passengers keen to experience the exceptional hospitality and local produce. Enquiries for wedding and special event rail journeys are also up.
KEEP IT LOCAL
Brown says: “We use independent local suppliers whenever possible with a great focus on locally produced food. Local butchers supply our meat from farms close by and dry goods come from a York-based business. Bread is supplied by local bakeries and local breweries supply our hand-crafted ales.”
CATER FOR ALL
The rail line has had to adapt to the increase in dietary requests and allergy requirements which can prove difficult as they are catering in the confined space of an onboard galley kitchen. Brown says: “We have many requests for gluten-free meals and people find it hard to comprehend that we do not have zoned kitchens for the preparation of fresh foods, including baking, so cross contamination can be a risk due to flour particles in the air."
EVOLVE THE OFFERING
Over the last two years, NYMR has extended the onboard dining services using its teak carriages and saloons to offer a wide range of specialist journeys including curry trains, gin tasting, festive teas and fish and chip services. “These trains run opposite our Pullman dining train and give our customers wider variety of services to choose from. The gin train has proven very popular, as has the curry train which runs across the moors with a brigade of Indian chefs onboard, cooking à la carte for our guests.