Train travel has rarely been comfortable, especially at Christmas – images of travellers packing into carriages, with suitcases full of presents, as they make their way across the country to visit family and friends come to mind. But why not travel in luxury this holiday season by boarding the Northern Belle?
Described as Britain’s most luxurious train, the Northern Belle will be departing from London Victoria Station on December 10. Probably the poshest train journey you’ll likely ever experience will follow. The round-trip includes a seven-course festive lunch, flowing champagne, and the stunning sights of the English countryside.
Northern Belle says: “From the moment you step aboard one of our exquisitely decorated 1930s-style Pullman carriages, time slows down on the Northern Belle as we transport you back to the golden era of rail travel – the days when nothing was too good for those sophisticated passengers who demanded to travel in true style.”
Departing at 12.30 pm, you’ll arrive back in London just under six hours later at 6:20 pm. In between, you’ll have the run of these 1930s Pullman-style carriages – where everything from pristine white linen to sparkling glassware screams luxury! Within minutes, you’ll have a glass of champagne in your hand as you peruse the menu.
Starting with prepared canapés, including caviar blinis, your starter is then served, followed by a seasonal soup course, the festive main course, a seasonal dessert and an array of British cheeses, accompanied with chutney, fruitcake, biscuits and a glass of Port. Finally, soak in the passing sights with tea and petits fours. And probably sit in silence for a bit as you try to digest all the food!
It’s not just about wining and dining on the Northern Belle, though, with onboard entertainment on hand to sprinkle a little extra bit of Christmas magic. The likes of a table magician and strolling musicians will work their way up and down the carriages throughout the journey.
Of course, luxury doesn’t come cheap. This boujee train journey costs £395 per passenger (but is that any worse than a real train ticket?)
For an extra £195, you could even upgrade to the KRUG class, which comes with several extras. You’ll get a special seat in a unique carriage (formerly a carriage on The Royal Train!), and extra drinks. They’ll even bid you farewell with a parting gift.
To learn more about Northern Belle’s Christmas lunch journey head here.