A Gourmet Steam Train Journey To Tweedbank

Scotrail are currently running The Royal Scot steam train along the Borders Railway from Edinburgh Waverley to Galashiels and Tweedbank every Sunday between 7th August and 25th September and they kindly invited me along to try out the service. And my, what a wonderful trip it turned out to be…

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We were booked on the 16.46 service and as soon as we boarded the first class carriage we were brought a glass of champagne to set us up nicely for the trip ahead.

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Our Menu

Scottish Smoked Salmon Mousse served with a Pea Shoot Salad and a slice of Chunky Wholemeal Bread

Roast Highland Leg of Lamb presented on Haggis with a Mint and Scotch Whisky Sauce served with Sugar Snap Peas and Baby Corn flash-fried in Ginger, Buttered Chantenay Carrots, Roasted Potatoes and New Potatoes rolled in Parsley Butter

White Chocolate and Raspberry Brulee Cheesecake served with Fresh Raspberries and Creme Fraiche

A Selection of Fine Scottish Cheeses (Dunsyre Blue, Isle of Mull Extra Mature Cheddar, Auld Lochnagar, Jezebel)

Tea and Coffee with after dinner mints and Chocolates

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All looked pretty darn good – and it turned out to be just as tasty! As we sat back in comfort and let the bustle of the Festival city roll away behind us we selected a bottle of reasonably priced Chilean Merlot (£20c) and let the courses come. The food very good, by far the best I’ve ever experience on a train by a very long way, and the roast potatoes a triumph – usually a real test!

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The train goes through beautiful countryside and arrives in Tweedbank about 70 minutes after leaving Edinburgh. We were served our first 3 courses on the outward trip. On arrival at Tweedbank Station there were taxis waiting to take us to Abbotsford House, the residence of Sir Walter Scott, for a mini guided tour. What an amazing house and gardens, I didn’t know that much about Walter Scott but it’s inspired me to read his Journal. The library was amazing and oh! for a dining table like that.

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On the return journey, we were served the cheese course and teas and coffees and were treated to a beautiful sunset behind the Pentland Hills before arriving back in Waverley at about 9.30pm.

What a wonderful trip and experience, I would definitely recommend this to folks for a special occasion or celebration as the full service that we experienced does come with a price tag. Alternatively, you could just get steam train tickets without the dinner (or the regular scheduled service) and still enjoy a lovely day out.

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For more information on the service you can check it out here

Thank you Scotrail for such a wonderful dining experience – we felt like royalty being so well looked after and waving to all the train spotters along the route.

 

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