The Blue Belle Luncheon

A special train for a special year!

Celebrate Bluebell Railway’s 60th birthday year by enjoying a delicious evening meal on an historic train. This named service remembers the rail tours of the 1960s, when steam enthusiasts travelled between London and Brighton and took The Blue Belle along the now disused Ardingly line to visit the newly preserved Bluebell Railway.

Enjoy fine views and a delicious three course meal in style as your train steams steadily through the beautiful Sussex countryside on a return journey from Sheffield Park to Kingscote.

The onboard seating capacity has been reduced to allow for a comfortable socially distanced meal.


  • Tickets cost £55.00 per person and include your journey (3½ hours) your three course meal, and a cup of tea or coffee.
  • We regret we are unable to offer Carers discount on this service

A selection of wines and other drinks are available to pre-order, please make your selection during the booking process.


Set menus are offered, and these vary dependent on the day of travel.

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20 September:

Bocconcini summer salad

Pearls of bocconcini, sun blushed and vine tomato

confit finished with a balsamic reduction

Pot Roasted Chicken Supreme

Forest mushroom,, button onion and white bean

ragout in a tarragon cream with roasted new potatoes

Basmati rice and vegetable biryani

In a spiced tomato and cream sauce

(vegetarian pre order only)

Vanilla Panna Cotta

With a Morello cherry compote


27 September:

Feta cheese and pine nut tart

On dressed peppery roquette leaves

Pork cutlet wrapped in bacon

Wholegrain mustard sauce with garlic fondant

Potato and seasonal vegetables

Sweet potato, leek and cauliflower fricassee

In a chive mornay sauce

(vegetarian pre order only)

Lemon meringue pie


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There are tables for two, three or four. Tables are automatically allocated, so it is first come, first served when booking.

For your safety:

  • Face Coverings – must be worn in public places such as on the platforms, in the museum and SteamWorks! and when boarding or alighting from the trains in accordance to Government guidance. Removal is acceptable while seated onboard.
  • Socially distanced seating – Our onboard seating capacity has been reduced to allow for a comfortable, socially distanced journey.
  • Table service – All meals are hygienically pre-plated. All our serving staff have been fully trained and will follow the government guidelines for serving of food and drinks.

Please visit our Covid-19 Safety measures page to read  about all the measures we have put in place to ensure your visit is safe and enjoyable.


  • We regret that owing to the age and design of the carriages used for this service, we are unable to accommodate wheelchair-bound passengers.
  • If you or a member of your party have mobility issues and would like to travel on this service, please call our Customer Services Team on 01825 720800 who will be happy to discuss your requirements with you.
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