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Experience to die for!!

Amazing experience, food was out of this world, all staff on board are very attentive to all your... read more

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BevGof
It was like being treated as royalty

This was a treat for my husbands birthday and it was a wonderful experience. The staff were so... read more

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This day out can only be described as unforgettable for all the best reasons.
We boarded the train at Stafford at 0815 and returned at 2130. What a day.
From the first to the last moment on the train everything was outstanding.
Particularly the staff in our carriage (Harlech), working in intense heat due to it being the hottest day of the year, they were superb. Even cool towels for us all when we boarded for the return journey.
How food of such a high standard can be served on a train can only be admired and applauded.
Kew Gardens was also a great place to visit despite the heat.
Finally,we were on a table of four, sitting with two really lovely ladies who were such good company throughout a long day.

Date of experience: June 2024
Thank WyreForest
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Cameron P, Reservations at Northern Belle, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for sharing your delightful review of your recent journey on the Northern Belle to Kew Gardens!

We are thrilled to hear that your day was unforgettable for all the best reasons. It's wonderful to know that from the moment you boarded at Stafford to your return, everything was outstanding. We are especially pleased to hear that our staff in the Harlech carriage provided superb service, even in the intense heat of the hottest day of the year. Your mention of the cool towels and the high standard of food served on the train is greatly appreciated.

We are glad you enjoyed your visit to Kew Gardens despite the heat and that you had the pleasure of good company with the lovely ladies at your table.

Thank you for your kind words and for choosing the Northern Belle for your day out. We look forward to welcoming you on board again for more memorable journeys.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My partner booked the Northern Belle trip to Royal Ascot for my 70th birthday and we travelled from Birmingham to Ascot on June 20 for Ladies Day. We travelled in the Glamis carriage in seats 7 and 8. He upgraded us to Krug class which on top of the £695 each price this increased the price by a further £195 each so a very expensive day out. A group of 8 men and women also travelled in our carriage which appeared to be a works day out. The journey to Ascot took 4 hours and throughout the group were very noisy but on the return journey they were alcohol fuelled to the point of being obnoxious. They were totally inconsiderate and none of the staff asked them to be more considerate towards other travellers. The food on the train was ok and the service was quite good but paying nearly £2000 for this trip I expected a better experience than we got.

Date of experience: June 2024
Thank Liz H
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Cameron P, Reservations at Northern Belle, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback about your recent journey on the Northern Belle to Royal Ascot for your 70th birthday.

Firstly, we would like to wish you a belated happy birthday and thank you for choosing the Northern Belle to celebrate such a special occasion. We are pleased to hear that you found the service quite good and that the food met your expectations. However, we are deeply sorry to learn that your experience was marred by the behaviour of other passengers.

We strive to ensure that all our guests have a pleasant and memorable experience, and it is disappointing to hear that we fell short in maintaining a considerate atmosphere in your carriage. Your comments regarding the noise and behaviour of the group will be taken seriously, and we will address this with our team to ensure better management of such situations in the future.

We understand that your partner went to great lengths to upgrade to Krug class for an enhanced experience, and we regret that your day did not meet the high standards we aim to provide. Your feedback is invaluable, and we will use it to improve our services and ensure that all our guests enjoy a truly special and enjoyable journey.

Once again, we apologise for any inconvenience caused and appreciate your honest feedback. We hope to have the opportunity to welcome you back on board and provide the exceptional experience that you deserve.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Amazing experience going to Ladies' Day at Royal Ascot. The trip was as close to perfection as I've ever experienced. The brilliant staff on the train were so professional but also warm, friendly and fun. The food was sublime and attention to detail was like from a bygone day. Thanks to Asim, Joe, Katie and Chloe for so much attention and for creating for us an unforgettable journey!

Date of experience: June 2024
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Cameron P, Reservations at Northern Belle, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for sharing your amazing experience on the Northern Belle's journey to Ladies' Day at Royal Ascot!

We are delighted to hear that your trip was as close to perfection as you have ever experienced. It's wonderful to know that our brilliant staff were professional, warm, friendly, and fun, adding to your enjoyment.

We are thrilled that you found the food sublime and appreciated the attention to detail reminiscent of a bygone era. Your special mention of Asim, Joe, Katie, and Chloe is greatly appreciated, and we will ensure they receive your kind words.

Thank you for choosing the Northern Belle for your unforgettable journey. We look forward to welcoming you on board again for more memorable experiences.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had an incredible day travelling on the Northern Belle to Ascot Ladies day. We boarded at Birmingham International and from start to finish had a fantastic experience. Thanks to Barry the team in Chatsworth carriage. Food, service and ambiance were amazing. A special mention to Zaina our drinks attendant . She oozes personality and we thought she was an incredible asset to the team.

We will definitely be booking more trip 🚂

Date of experience: June 2024
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Cameron P, Reservations at Northern Belle, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for your wonderful review of your journey on the Northern Belle to Ascot Ladies' Day!

We are thrilled to hear that you had an incredible experience from start to finish. It’s fantastic to know that you enjoyed the food, service, and ambiance, and that our team in the Chatsworth carriage, especially Barry, contributed to your memorable day.

A special thank you for highlighting Zaina, our drinks attendant. We are delighted to hear that her personality and service made such a positive impression on your trip.

We look forward to welcoming you on board again for more fantastic journeys in the future!

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Absolutely excellent from start to finish. Silver service treatment with fabulous food. Staff extremely friendly x couldn't do enough to make your trip a memorable experience. We would definitely recommend booking this trip if you have a special occasion to celebrate

Date of experience: June 2024
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Cameron P, Reservations at Northern Belle, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for your glowing review of your recent journey on the Northern Belle!

We are delighted to hear that your experience was excellent from start to finish. It’s wonderful to know that you enjoyed the silver service treatment and fabulous food. Our staff takes great pride in providing friendly and attentive service, and we’re thrilled that they made your trip memorable.

We greatly appreciate your recommendation and are honoured to have been part of your special occasion. We look forward to welcoming you back on board for more memorable experiences in the future.

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