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Greater Manchester’s popular luxury steam train dining experiences to run throughout summer

They're described as being "the ultimate first class foodie experience".

Emily Sergeant Emily Sergeant - 26th June 2024

Greater Manchester’s heritage railway is hosting one of the most unique fine dining experiences in the region this summer.

It’s no secret that East Lancashire Railway (ELR) is known and loved for its immersive events that give rail enthusiasts and curious Mancs the chance to step back in time by hopping on one of the historic Pullman-style carriages and ride a steam train through the picturesque Greater Manchester countryside.

Wizards, Thomas the Tank Engine, dinosaurs, and Peppa Pig-themed train rides are just a few of the events that have been entertaining families in the region over the last few years.

But for the grown-ups, how does getting the chance to tuck into a four-course luxury meal sound?

East Lancashire Railway’s ‘Red Rose Diners’ are here to stay this summer / Credit: ELR

That’s right, the Red Rose Diners are here to stay this summer.


Undoubtably indulgent and described as being “the ultimate first class foodie experience”, ELR’s Red Rose Diners are unlike any other fine dining affair on offer in our region, as passengers are not only treated to a proper fancy feast while they’re aboard, but also to polished panelling, luxurious seating, and crisp linens too.

Running on selected Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays all throughout the summer months, the Red Rose Diner experience starts with a glass of fizz and then stretches over an almost three-hour train journey through the Irwell Valley.


It includes a four-course dinner with complimentary sparkling wine, followed by tea or coffee and after-dinner chocolates.

Each party has their own personal waiter tending to them throughout the course of the evening, so you can fully relax knowing every aspect of your experience will be catered for to the highest of standards.

If you’re looking for something even more special, then a ‘Premium Night’ – which is one step up from the Red Rose Diners, and only runs on a handful of selected dates throughout the year – will take place on Saturday 13 July, so bring your best black tie attire and expect an evening of serious elegance for a night of the finest food and entertainment.


Fine dining not really your thing though?

ELR has a handful of other special experiences in the calendar for the summer – including Afternoon Teas, Lancastrian Lunches, and even a gin-tasting night, so there’s something for everyone.

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You can find out more about the Red Rose Diners and other experiences this summer, and book your tickets, over on the ELR website here.

Featured Image – ELR