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“Christmas Belle - OMG Totally Amazing ”
Review of Wessex Belle

Wessex Belle
Ranked #19 of 98 Restaurants in Swanage
Price range: US$8 - US$65
Cuisines: French, International
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Good for: Special Occasion Dining
Dining options: Reservations
Reviewed 8 December 2018 via mobile

Booked the Christmas Belle for a friend as a birthday present and we all went on it today. WOW WOW! What an amazing trip. Plenty of Champagne. Canapés and Desert Canapés are tasty. Staff on the train are helpful and entertaining. Pullman carriage is fantastic, there is a short talk given about the history of the coach which is very interesting. Views from the train are great. Can’t recommend highly enough.

Date of visit: December 2018
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Reviewed 1 December 2018 via mobile

Just spent a lovely day on this wonderfully restored steam train celebrating a special anniversary with family.
The whole railway experience is like stepping back in time & it is heartwarming to see these beautiful old steam trains lovingly restored & mainland.
I had my reservations as to the quality of food. I needn’t have worried though as the whole lunch was fabulous from start to finish & excellent value for money.
We were a table of 4 and to start chose 2 soups & 2 pates followed by 4 roast chickens. Plenty of food & all perfectly served. Deserts were 2 apple pies & 2 Black Forest gateau’s.
the train went from Swanage to Corfe Castle twice giving you plenty of time to enjoy a leisurely lunch.
Thoroughly recommend & would like to do again on a not such rainy trip as ours was.

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank places2seeplaces2go
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Reviewed 9 November 2018

Very pleasant Sunday Lunch in out of the ordinary location with good and helpful service by volunteers of the heritage railway. An experience to remember.

Date of visit: November 2018
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Thank Baronscroft
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Reviewed 19 September 2018

Such a great idea, Friday Bistro night on the Wessex Belle. Very well organised and reasonably priced. Efficient service, not very friendly though. The 'enjoy your meal' felt forced rather than meant. I think youth, inexperience and maybe shyness played a part in that. A bit of customer service training could soon sort that. Very comfortable seats. The food was good, the chicken was a little dry but, other than that, it was good. A nice experience to eat whilst traveling on the train. I would say it's best to go in the Summer when the evenings stay lighter longer as we couldn't see much after the fist part of the trip in September. Still a very enjoyable evening.

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank Carol H
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Reviewed 2 September 2018

This evening event has standards (sadly lacking today) you are expected to dress in reasonable smart casual attire scruffy jeans and trainers are a no no. I like this because it shows they have some pride and expect it of their customers.
Our journey was from Swanage to Corfe Castle and back twice. Seeing the castle at twilight was a special experience.
The train itself was spotlessly clean and had a very nice old time ambience. For dinner we had the veggie option (Gnocci with Artichoke ) our two guests both meat eaters had the lamb dish, all washed down with a bottle of Prosecco followed by fresh fruit salad and then biscuits and cheese with coffee and mint to finish. The food was very good indeed,the staff looking after us were lovely, some of whom were volunteers We spoke to the lady chef who told us her and her son were both volunteers and were passionate about the railway. So, a big thank you to all of the staff who looked after us so well .

Date of visit: September 2018
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Thank ebbcourt
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