Catering facilities on National Rail services

Details of the catering facilities available on each train are indicated in our Journey Planner using the symbols shown below:

Symbol Description
Trolley service
Counter buffet service
Catering available (click icon where it appears to show type of catering offered)
Restaurant for First Class ticket holders only

Select the Train Company you are travelling with, to find out details of the catering facilities that they offer to customers travelling with them.

Arriva Trains Wales - Premier Class travel

Premier Class is available on the 05:32 Holyhead to Cardiff Central and the 16:17 Cardiff Central to Holyhead services. These trains will convey a restaurant service to customers holding First Class Tickets and Standard Class Tickets with First Class Supplements. Complementary Breakfast will be available on the outward train to Cardiff Central and dinner is served on the return, also non-alcoholic drinks served.

At-seat catering service of cold snacks, sandwiches and hot and cold drinks on all or part of the journey on services shown in the Journey Planner with icon.

Caledonian Sleeper

Use of the Lounge Car is restricted to First Class customers during busy times, however both First and Standard Class customers can buy food and drink and take it back to their cabin.

A varied buffet service is available for seated sleeper customers

Chiltern Railways

A trolley catering service is available Monday to Friday on peak service between Birmingham Snow Hill and London Marylebone, on services shown in the Journey Planner with icon.

CrossCountry

Catering is available on most CrossCountry trains.

In Standard accommodation CrossCountry offer a range of quality snacks, sandwiches and hot drinks plus soft and alcoholic beverages between 06:00 and 20:00. On the Nottingham - Cardiff and Birmingham - Stansted Airport routes catering is available until mid afternoon on weekdays only.

When travelling First Class (except on Nottingham - Cardiff and Birmingham - Stansted  Airport routes) you’ll be offered a range of complimentary food and drinks throughout the day, including breakfast, to make your journey as comfortable as possible. This is served at seat or may be collected from the on-board shop when in operation. More information can be found on the Travelling in First Class page.

Catering facilities including complimentary First Class refreshments will close at Plymouth on trains heading for Penzance, and will close at Edinburgh on trains heading for Glasgow or Aberdeen. Food and drink will still be available after Plymouth on trains heading for Newquay.

See catering notes shown in the Journey Planner for details of facilities which are available on specific trains.
 

East Midlands Trains

On East Midlands Mainline services (to and from London St Pancras International), a buffet provides a range of delicious healthy food options, plus snacks and Fairtrade drinks. A trolley service is available on selected East Midlands Connect services.

East Midlands Trains First Class customers travelling Monday to Friday, receive complimentary small snacks, fruit juice, mineral water and a glass of wine on afternoon services. This is in addition to complimentary tea and coffee and a daily newspaper, all of which will be served to you at your seat. A Breakfast Restaurant is available on selected early morning trains, serving traditional breakfasts and lighter meals. A Breakfast menu of lighter breakfast items is available to other First Class customers.

Complimentary tea and coffee is available to all First Class ticket holders at the weekend. Simply present your ticket at the buffet bar to collect your drink. (Newspapers, snacks, juice, water and wine are only available on weekdays)

See catering notes shown in the Journey Planner for details of facilities which are available on specific trains.

Hull Trains

Hull Trains provide a buffet on all services, and a comprehensive catering package for First Class passengers. Catering is subject to availability and may be limited when services are disrupted by engineering works or Bank Holidays.

See catering notes shown in the Journey Planner for details of facilities which are available on specific trains.

Gatwick Express

Catering facilities are not available on Gatwick Express services

Grand Central

All Grand Central services will operate with a buffet counter service on every train offering a range of hot and cold light refreshments including soft and alcoholic drinks.

Many of the products are locally produced. First Class passengers are provided with a range of complimentary light refreshments served at seat.

Grand Central

All Grand Central services will operate with a buffet counter service on every train offering a range of hot and cold light refreshments including soft and alcoholic drinks. Many of the products are locally produced. First Class passengers are provided with a range of complimentary light refreshments served at seat.

Great Western Railway

Most Great Western Railway high speed services offer a buffet or trolley service with a selection of hot and cold snacks, sandwiches, beverages, crisps and confectionery.

First Class customers also enjoy additional complimentary services:

  • An at seat trolley service offering light refreshments available on Monday to Friday services between 07:00 and 19:00, including tea, freshly made coffee, soft drinks, mineral water, morning goods, biscuits, peanuts and fresh fruit.
  • A complimentary daily newspaper (available up to 09:00) and evening paper (after 15:00) on services out of London.
  • At the weekend and on weekdays after 19:00 complimentary refreshments are available from the buffet on production of valid travel tickets.
  • Friday night wine offers first class customers a complimentary glass of wine between 15:00 and 19:00.

Some weekday high speed services offer Pullman Restaurant or Travelling Chef/Brasserie providing food freshly prepared on board by one of Great Western Railway's own chefs. These services are available on over 200 services per week.

See catering notes shown in the Journey Planner for details of facilities which are available on specific trains.

Greater Anglia

Hot and cold drinks, sandwiches and light snacks are generally available on Intercity services between Norwich and London Liverpool Street.

There is an enhanced breakfast service on the 06:48 from Norwich to London Liverpool Street and the 09:00 from London Liverpool Street to Norwich on weekdays and on the 08:00 from Norwich to London Liverpool Street and the 10:30 London Liverpool Street to Norwich on Saturdays.

Hot and cold drinks, sandwiches and light snacks are generally available on Stansted Express services during these hours: Stansted-London Liverpool Street: 06:00-21:45, London Liverpool Street-Stansted: 07:10-22:55.

See catering notes shown in the Journey Planner for details of facilities which are available on specific trains.

Northern

On most Leeds-Settle-Carlisle services, food and drink can be purchased from the trolley which will pass through the train.

See catering notes shown in the Journey Planner for details of facilities which are available on specific trains.

ScotRail

A trolley service is available on many longer distance services.

See catering notes shown in the Journey Planner for details of facilities which are available on specific trains.

Southeastern

Catering facilities are not available on Southeastern services.

Southern

Catering facilities are not available on Southern services

South West Trains

Catering may be provided from a buffet area, at seat trolley service or a combination of both according to the route and time of day.

See catering notes shown in the Journey Planner for details of facilities which are available on specific trains.

Transpennine Express

Catering trolley services are available between 07:00 and 19:00 Monday to Friday on TransPennine Express trains between Manchester Piccadilly and York, Manchester Piccadilly and Doncaster and Manchester Piccadilly and Preston.

In addition to the above, all services between Manchester Airport, Manchester Piccadilly, Carlisle, Glasgow Central and Edinburgh convey a trolley service for the whole journey. This facility is also provided at weekends.

See catering notes shown in the Journey Planner for details of facilities which are available on specific trains.

Virgin Trains East Coast

Catering is available on all Virgin Trains East Coast trains. There is a Buffet available on every service.

See catering notes shown in the Journey Planner for details of facilities which are available on specific trains.

In First Class on a Pendolino from Monday to Friday, customers can enjoy a selection of hot or cold snacks throughout the day, including a cooked breakfast on many morning peak services. In addition, Fairtrade tea and coffee, soft drinks and alcoholic drinks (alcohol not served with breakfast services) and a newspaper are served at-seat throughout the day.

In First Class on a Voyager from Monday to Friday, customers can enjoy complimentary light refreshments on all trains including Fairtrade tea and coffee, soft drinks and a newspaper with an at-seat service available.

In Standard Class, there are a wide range of snacks and sandwiches, Fairtrade tea and fresh ground coffee, soft and alcoholic drinks and a selection of non-food items available at the onboard shop. The shop is generally open throughout.  Some Pendolino trains offer an at-seat trolley service to standard class customers on Mondays to Fridays.

See catering notes shown in the Journey Planner for details of facilities which are available on specific trains.

 
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