My wife and I booked this trip to join the train in Loughborough Leicestershire to go to Portsmouth in Pullman dining class. The train arrived exactly on time and we had two seats facing each other in classic rail carriage which was restored to a very high standard. The table was set for breakfast and we had the choice of a Starter such as cornflakes ,melon and other items followed by either a cooked full English, smoked salmon and scrambled eggs or smoked haddock fishcake with poached egg and Hollandaise sauce which we opted for. With plenty of toast, butter tea or coffee it proved to be a great breakfast. As we journeyed towards Portsmouth we were served a Danish pastry and more coffee. The rest of the journey went by in an interesting manner as we left the main line around London and allowed us to see sights normally missed. We had around 4 hours to explore Portsmouth before re-joining the train for the journey back and as we boarded we could see the table set for an evening meal.
The meal was a choice of starters which included Ham Hock terrine, Crab moose or soup and as I had the Ham and my wife had the crab I can assure that both of those were very good indeed. This was followed by a main of pork with cabbage, carrots and green beans which was perfect and filling but leaving just enough room for the Eton mess and then the cheese course all washed down with the complimentary 1/2 bottle wine for each passenger. Not satisfied they then served coffee and chocolates. We arrived back on time and our first thoughts and words were we must do a trip like this again soon.
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