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Lunch, Cream Teas & Classic Evening Dining Trains plus much much more .......


Sit back, relax, and let our "Moorlander" dining train take you on a dining experience to rival no other aboard our dedicated First Class dining carriage "Diana".


Whether you join one of our lunch trains, afternoon cream teas or sumptuous evening dining services, you'll enjoy the beautiful journey along the Churnet Valley known as 'Staffordshire's Little Switzerland,' and on selected days watch the beautiful Staffordshire Moorlands roll by when our services venture onto the extended Moorland & City line to Ipstones Loop where you can catch the breath taking scenery as the train tackles some of the steepest gradients on the British railway network.


We have dates throughout the year offering a range of services from themed Midweek Supper Trains to Special Evening Meals plus our ever popular Lunch Trains.


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Moorlander Lunch Trains

Depart from Froghall Station on the -:

  • 27th December (Yuletide) 
  • 31st December (New Year) 


Pre - Booking Essential. Exact timings will be confirmed at time of booking.

Board our First Class Dining coach at Froghall Station and enjoy a 4-course Lunch with full waitress service whilst enjoying the fabulous scenery along the Churnet Valley line. Full bar facilities are available on board the train.

Tickets are £40 per person, and include both your train travel and meal. 2017 Menu is available to view >here<.



Pre - Booking Essential

Join us to enjoy a very Traditional Cream Tea served onboard our dedicated dining train, from where you can enjoy the beauty of the Churnet Valley on certain dates throughout the summer whilst being hauled by one of our heritage locomotives. 

Tickets are £20 per person, and include both your train travel and food. 


Table-For-Two Guarantee

We are able to offer a limited "Table-For-Two" guarantee on all of our advertised Dining Trains, available on a First-come First-serve basis at the cost a third ticket for the respective train. This must be booked at the same time as the initial reservation.


  • Whilst every effort will be made to provide a steam locomotive for the event, the Churnet Valley Railway reserves the right to change the motive power without prior notice or recompense.

  • Due to limited seating capacity no refunds or transfers will be given.

  • No dogs except guide dogs are allowed in the dining coach.

  • Owing to the historic design of the dining coach wheelchairs cannot be accommodated.

  • The minimum age for children on all advertised dining trains is 14 years.

  • Vegetarian alternatives are available if requested at the time of booking, but we are unable to accommodate any other special dietary needs. Your understanding is appreciated.

  • No alcohol or drinks are to be consumed other than those purchased from the Churnet Valley Railway.

  • No smoking is permitted within any of the coaches.

  • Bookings for the dining train must, where practical, be in multiples of two.

  • Seat reservation price is inclusive of meal, trainfare and VAT. 

  • Any requirement for allergen free meals must be specified at the time of booking. We take extra care to avoid cross-contamination when preparing allergen free meals, however, due to the historic nature of our Kitchen Car we do not have an allergen free zone.


Private Hire

"The Moorlander" is an ideal venue for a variety of celebratory occasions - including Birthdays, Anniversaries, Retirements and Weddings. All such events can be catered for with menus tailored to meet your requirements.

Please contact our office for more information.


The Food

All our food is prepared and cooked on board our very own kitchen coach by our own chef. We are a fair-trade Company and all of our food is locally sourced.

Full on train bar facilities combine to make this a nostalgic journey, taking you back to the halycon days of on-train dining in our first class dining car "Diana".

Nut Allergy: Some foods may contain traces of nuts.

When you're next in the area, whether you are traveling on the railway or just passing by, make a point of calling in to our award winning Tea Rooms at Kingsley & Froghall - we guarantee that you will not be disappointed with your visit.

From a pot of tea to light meals, the dedicated staff will be delighted to cater for your every need and will make your visit special and memorable. A wide variety of food and drink is always available including seasonal items and home made specialties. Spoil yourself and savour the surroundings as the trains come and go.

With ample seating available, we also cater for coach parties and private bookings, subject to prior arrangement. Make us the venue for that special event.

In the summer you can enjoy your refreshments outside if you wish on our patio area. In the winter, warm yourself around our victorian open fire.

Opening Times: 
The tea rooms are open on all running days.


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