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Author Topic: Great Western Railway: on-board catering, buffets, Travelling Chef, Pullman - ongoing discussion  (Read 569048 times)
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« Reply #1710 on: May 10, 2022, 06:33:02 pm »

The app was talked about in post #1576 and prior to that as well.  Originally hoped to be up and running last Spring.  Don’t think it’s been live trialled yet but looks like it’s still going to happen from what Bob has heard.

Live testing now taking place.
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« Reply #1711 on: May 15, 2022, 08:08:02 pm »

No catering at all according to the “Guard” on my train down from Hereford to Paddington. Odd given I saw people with what looked like GWR (Great Western Railway) supplied hot drinks in 1st and annoying because I might not have paid for Weekend 1st had I known. It’s not mentioned on GWR Journey Check either.
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« Reply #1712 on: May 24, 2022, 06:38:26 am »

It isn't just GWR (Great Western Railway) - I recently survived a 4-hour flight to Cyprus without catering of any kind. It was worse on the way home - they had some, but far from good. In fact, not even edible. Refund, apology, free drink followed.
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« Reply #1713 on: May 31, 2022, 08:04:25 am »

There is a new Pullman menu on line.

https://www.gwr.com/~/media/gwr/pdfs/menus/pullman-set-menu-spring-summer-2022.pdf?la=en

Although not mentioned above, the website says sirloin steak is now available on all evening services for a supplement of £10.

Someone will also notice they now sell port by the bottle!

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« Reply #1714 on: May 31, 2022, 03:43:45 pm »

A whole bottle sounds a bit excessive for one person but could be more reasonable for a party.
Pity that I travel less these days, largely due to the new trains.
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A proper intercity train has a minimum of 8 coaches, gangwayed throughout, with first at one end, and a full sized buffet car between first and standard.
It has space for cycles, surfboards,luggage etc.
A 5 car DMU (Diesel Multiple Unit) is not a proper inter-city train. The 5+5 and 9 car DMUs are almost as bad.
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« Reply #1715 on: July 08, 2022, 05:07:22 pm »

Today, bobm and I partook of a GWR (Great Western Railway) Pullman meal between Paddington and Devon. By my reckoning it was the first time in nearly three years I've had the pleasure of fine dining with GWR.

There have been some changes. The menu is these days what one would call, "Table d'Hote". Fixed price for 2 (£30) or 3 (£35) courses. 3 or 4 choices per course, with a £15  supplement for fillet steak, although that option wasn't available to us today.

Bob and I both chose Terrine of Confit Duck & Chicken with Apple & Celeriac Remoulade for starter. To follow, Bob had the Thai Green Curry and I went for Herb Crusted Haddock with Leek, Potato and Tenderstem Broccoli.

Cheese and Biscuits for Bob and a devine Chocolate & Whisky Tiramisu for me.

All washed down with an agreeable couple of bottles of Chenin Blanc, G&Ts and Port.

I happened to mention to the crew that the reason for the Pullman meal was a belated birthday treat for Bob from me. Cue the embarrassing (for Bob) "Happy Birthday" salutation from the Pullman crew, including chef, along with a complimentary Tiramisu and free Port top up for him.

Excellent food, faultless service. Still truly one of the best ways to enjoy travelling by train. If you can find the time, excuse, and money, to dine on a GWR Pullman service then do it.








And finally. The birthday boy with his 'cake'. No lockdown rules broken. No resignation needed. (Belated) Happy Birthday Bob. Goes without saying, but I'll say it anyway - A true friend. One in a million.
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« Reply #1716 on: July 08, 2022, 05:19:06 pm »

And a very nice treat it was.  Thank you.

Probably best I don’t mention we had half a bottle of wine left over which is currently being swigged on an SWR» (South Western Railway - about) service towards Yeovil. 
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« Reply #1717 on: July 08, 2022, 05:31:19 pm »

Probably best I don’t mention we had half a bottle of wine left over which is currently being swigged on an SWR» (South Western Railway - about) service towards Yeovil. 

I have absolutely no idea what bobm is on about.

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« Reply #1718 on: July 08, 2022, 05:42:28 pm »

That’ll be the wine talking then. 
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« Reply #1719 on: July 28, 2022, 10:42:34 pm »

Bit disappointing that they've decided to cancel the Pullman dining car tomorrow (Friday 29 July), even though no union is actually on strike that day. Doesn't bode well for Friday 19th August, when I was contemplating making a booking for, with the RMT (National Union of Rail, Maritime & Transport Workers) getting their braziers out on the days either side.
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« Reply #1720 on: July 29, 2022, 08:19:04 pm »

It isn't just GWR (Great Western Railway) - I recently survived a 4-hour flight to Cyprus without catering of any kind. It was worse on the way home - they had some, but far from good. In fact, not even edible. Refund, apology, free drink followed.

I recently used easyJet Holidays for a weeks break in Crete and they were advising in advance that they may not be able to provide hot food in flight. So our solution was sandwiches at Boots Gatwick (There was a massive queue to get into Wetherspoons) & a steak and chips meal at our resort before the flight home.

Crisps, snacks & coffee were available plus obviously the Duty Free trolley which I have absolutely no interest in.

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