Train travel isn’t what it used to be. Ask anyone who regularly takes one and you’ll probably be faced with a barrage of criticism about how they’re uncomfortable, overfilled and invariably delayed. But it wasn’t always like this – in the 1920s train travel was the height of sophistication, with original art deco interiors, entertainment and the finest food and drink. Luckily, for anyone wanting to experience what came to be known as the Golden Age of Travel, there’s Belmond British Pullman; a train that’s been lovingly restored and now offers a taste of true luxury.
The train is best known for hosting incredible, one-off dinners cooked by some of the UK’s most celebrated chefs. Diners spend an evening being taken along some of Britain’s most scenic railways as they’re served exquisite dishes with matching wines. On 11 June the Michelin-starred Richard Corrigan will be hosting his first ever ‘pop-up’ event on Belmond British Pullman, cooking five courses of his famously tasty seasonal British food for just 100 guests.
‘We’re putting together a showcase menu, featuring iconic dishes from my past and some of the most popular ones on offer at my restaurants today,’ says Richard. ‘We didn’t want to be pretentious about it or serve over the top plates of food that are stacked high – that’s just not what we do. People who book onto Belmond British Pullman want to experience things from their childhood, so that’s what we want to give them.