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21 Aug 2017
In celebration of the release of PADDINGTON 2 on 10th November 2017, Belmond announces steam-hauled Paddington Afternoon Tea journeys aboard Belmond British Pullman.
5 Jun 2017
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Belmond British Pullman offers passengers the chance to step back in time and experience luxury train travel as it was—and should be. With its original, fully restored 1920s Art Deco carriages and exceptional service delivered by liveried stewards, the train evokes the golden age of travel, when travellers were elegantly dressed and had the time to enjoy their journey.
Based in southeast England, Belmond British Pullman has regular departures out of London Victoria Station, with occasional departures from other stations around the country. Destinations include Goodwood, the historic city of Bath and Chatsworth House, while special occasions such as Valentine’s Day and celebrity chef dinners make each Belmond British Pullman trip a unique experience and the ultimate train journey.
All Belmond British Pullman carriages are original and come with their own name and colourful history. Lovingly refurbished, their exquisite design and workmanship is legendary. Art Deco lamps cast a soft glow over the polished brass, veneered panels and glossy mahogany fittings, while plump armchairs provide a supremely comfortable and intimate dining experience.
The crew has over 203 years of service with the train and some started their early careers at the original Pullman Training School. Their knowledge of the history of the train adds to the experience, as they are able to share stories such as the Queen Mother’s favourite carriage and the details of the ornate marquetry, which is unique to every carriage and restored by the same British family that created the original designs.
Generations of the same family work side by side on the train. Take the Leggs - Michael Legg has worked on the train for over 20 years and he is joined by his two sons Thomas and Richard, and occasionally his third son Harry, while his youngest daughter Marianna has also worked on board. Passengers can watch in awe as staff deals deftly and elegantly with the daily challenges of working with traditional equipment, all whilst on a moving train.
In order to ensure the train and its staff continue to deliver an authentic British experience there is an ongoing campaign to maintain and develop relationships with British suppliers of food and crockery, and with craftsmen and women who maintain and restore the vintage carriages. For example, new crockery was introduced in 2013, designed by William Edwards, the family-run business that creates some of the finest bone china in England and supplies some of the world’s best hotels, restaurants, private clubs and royal households.
Tea comes from the Tregothnan estate, suppliers of England’s first and only tea and afternoon tea features Balfour Brut Rosé wine, produced in the Weald of Kent, home to some of the UK’s finest vineyards. The carefully selected cheeses served on board are also all from British suppliers: Keen’s Cheddar, Tuxford & Tebbutt Blue Stilton, Golden Cross goat cheese and Catherine Mead’s Cornish Yarg.
Under the guidance of the train’s Executive Chef, innovative new menus are regularly devised to maintain what is one of London’s most remarkable dining experiences. Chefs create exceptional cuisine within the tiny space of the train’s galleys and the beautifully presented food is nimbly served to guests as the train moves along.
Belmond British Pullman, sister train to the Venice Simplon Orient-Express embodies everything that was fabulous about the roaring 1920s and ‘30s.
In their heyday, these authentic carriages formed part of the most famous and luxurious services in Britain—The Bournemouth Belle, The Brighton Belle, The Queen of Scots and The Golden Arrow. Today, each carriage has been lovingly restored and refurbished, so that you too can experience the glamour of vintage rail travel.Download Factsheet