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Friday Night Bistro

The Bistro offers an enjoyable and relaxing dining experience. The service hauled by one of our heritage diesels, operates mostly on Friday evenings. Passengers board at Swanage station at 1900 for a 1930 departure. You will enjoy two leisurely return trips through the stunning Purbeck Countryside before arriving back at Swanage at 2230.

Menu choices and payment are required at the time of booking, due to the popularity of this service, advance booking is essential.


2018 Pricing   -  Including food and travel
Table for Two Persons £53.90
Table for Three Persons (Call us to book table for three on 01929 475207) £80.85
Table for Four Persons £107.80
2018 Running Dates
23rd March 24th March
4th May  
15th June 29th June
  27th July
3rd August 10th August
17th August 24th August
31st August 7th September
14th September 28th September
12th October 13th October


Bistro Menu
Soup of the Day.Beach
(Gluten Free & Lactose Free versions are available)
Pate of the Day
(Gluten Free version is available)
Smoked Salmon with Watercress
(Gluten Free & Lactose Free versions are available)
Main Courses
Braised Beef Steak
Served with wholegrain mustard mashed potatoes.
(Gluten Free & Lactose Free versions are available)
Trio of Local Sausages
Served with wholegrain mustard mashed potatoes
(Lactose Free version is available)
Chicken wrapped in Bacon and stuffed with Wensleydale and Cranberry
Served with roast potatoes
(Gluten Free option is available)
Cauliflower and Broccoli Gratin .Beach
Served with roast potatoes
All served with selection of seasonal vegetables
Belgian Apple Pie .Beach
Chocolate Challenge .Beach
Carrot and Passion Fruit Cake .Beach
Fresh Fruit Salad .Beach
(Gluten Free & Lactose Free versions are available)
Coffee & Mints
Allergens: Although every effort is made to avoid cross contamination, the food on these menus is prepared in an atmosphere that uses: Nuts, Gluten, Dairy, Mustard, Soys, Celery, Sesame, Sulphur Dioxide, Fish and Shellfish.

Beach = Vegetarian suitable.
Dress Code

We want dining on the Wessex Belle to be a memorable occasion for you. 

As such, we kindly request that guests dress smartly so the experience feels  special for everybody. We run a variety of dining trains, some with slightly different requirements, so we will try to break down the dress code for you as clearly as possible.

For the Saturday Wessex Belle: The Wessex Belle offers the chance to dress up and we invite guests to dress in a manner appropriate to a smart/formal occasion.

For men, shirts and jackets are required and ties preferred. For women, we encourage formal evening attire.

For Friday Night Bistro, Dorsetman Luncheon and Cream Teas: Smart casual attire is required.

For ALL Dining Experiences: Dark jeans are permitted but not any other colour or style. They must not be ripped or frayed. Trainers and leisurewear are not permitted on dining trains at all