The Spirit of Travel Lunch

Friday 19th April 2024

Manchester, Rochdale, Hebden Bridge, Brighouse

Per passenger

Your Journey

Your day will begin with a red carpet welcome at your departure station where our attentive Stewards will usher you aboard the Northern Belle luxury train for a journey to remember forever. Once you’ve been escorted to your plush seat, one of our liveried Stewards will carefully pour a glass of Laurent-Perrier La Cuvée Brut NV Champagne as you study celebrated Head Chef Matthew Green’s sumptuous menu.

Ahead lies a journey back to the Golden Days of rail travel, a time when nothing was too good for the pampered passengers. As the date of your journey draws near our Executive Head Chef and his team will be hard at work in the kitchen carriage preparing a sumptuous seven-course lunch, accompanied by our Sommelier’s choice of wine. Each course boasts the finest seasonal ingredients from the British Isles, classic and innovative dishes are crafted in our recently refurbished kitchen carriage. 

As the glorious British countryside passes by, indulge in freshly prepared canapés including caviar blinis. Then your starter is served, followed by a seasonal soup course, hand served by one of our highly skilled Stewards. The main course follows shortly after, intricately crafted and showcasing the best of British produce inspired by the route ahead. Later we’ll serve a seasonal dessert that has been freshly prepared by our team of chefs. To round the journey off, choose from an array of British cheeses from our award-winning cheese board, accompanied with chutney, fruitcake, biscuits and a glass of Port. Finally, mull over the journey with Fortnum & Mason tea and petits fours.


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.

What's included

Round-trip travel on the Northern Belle luxury train

Welcome Champagne reception including canapés and caviar blinis

Sumptuous seven-course lunch: British seasonal table d’hôte menu including: Award-winning Great British cheese board with Port to accompany, delicious dessert and a selection of petits fours

Sommelier’s choice - Bottle of wine per couple

On board entertainment including table magician and strolling musicians

Fortnum & Mason tea and Northern Belle blend coffee


In partnership with KRUG champagne we introduce another class of travel.

Upgrade your on board experience with our new KRUG Class on your The Spirit of Travel Lunch journey.

  • Bottle of KRUG Grand Cuvée Champagne per couple

  • Bottle of wine upgraded from our Northern Belle Collection per couple

  • Seating allocated in Duart formerly a carriage on The Royal Train or Glamis named after Her Majesty’s childhood home

  • A memorable gift on departure

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Additional  £195per passenger - very limited availability

Your upgrade will replace the standard bottle of wine per couple. Single travellers will receive half bottles of these derivatives.

Please Note

  • Bookings of two attract a surcharge of £90 for a private table for two
  • All timings shown on this website are for your guidance only—a confirmed schedule will be supplied with your travel documents
  • The Northern Belle is hauled by a heritage diesel locomotive unless advertised as a 'steam special'
  • Please ensure you bring your travel documents on the day of your journey
  • If booking up to eight (8) weeks prior to departure, a non-refundable 15% deposit is required to secure your seats
  • Payment is required in full if you are booking within eight (8) weeks of travel
  • Full payment and cancellation details can be found in our Terms and Conditions page >

Our Best Available rate is subject to availability at time of booking, it is not applicable for parties of 12 or more. Please contact [email protected] for group pricing.

Per passenger
Book today with a 15% deposit

Friday 19th April 2024

Departing from

Manchester, Rochdale, Hebden Bridge, Brighouse

  • Manchester Victoria Station

  • Rochdale

  • Hebden Bridge

  • Brighouse

Timings shown are now confirmed.
Timings are subject to network rail confirmation 7 days prior to departure.

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All of the Northern Belle carriages are luxurious First Class style carriages. Each row of seats is a table for two (when available carry a supplement charge) and on the other side of the aisle a table for four. The tables of four can be as a shared table, with a booking on either side of the table.

Northern Belle has limited tables for two. We are happy to take a request, however this is not a guarantee and there is a chance that you may be sharing a table of four with another couple. Subject to availability you may guarantee a table for two by paying a supplement of £90. When booking online if private tables of two are available it will offer them automatically, but you can select a shared table without a supplement subject to availability.

Yes. If notified at the time of booking, we will do our best to comply with any dietary requirements. These include Vegetarian, Vegan, Gluten Free, Pescetarian and the exclusion of certain ingredients such as nuts, onions and dairy. Unfortunately, we are unable to provide meals requiring strict religious observance in preparation. Please order at least 14 days prior to travel to ensure we can order the supplies to the train whilst on tour. Please note that due to the small preparation areas on the train we cannot guarantee cross contamination within the kitchen and if you have severe allergic reactions then please call the reservations team to discuss. When you book on line you will find a section to list your passenger’s dietary needs and other comments.

We are able to accommodate passengers with slight walking difficulties. However, we recommend they are accompanied by a carer. We regret that our carriages cannot be boarded on wheelchair. Staff are able to assist passengers to their seats and folding wheelchairs can be stored during the journey.

Some journeys are not suitable for people with disabilities. Should you have any special requirements please contact your nearest reservations office.

Dress code varies according to the journey. For specific information on your journey please locate it on our Journey Search and refer to the what to wear section. Please note that we ask travellers not to wear jeans or trainers.