The Bistro offers an enjoyable and relaxing dining experience. The service hauled by one of our heritage diesels, operates mostly on Friday evenings. Passengers board at Swanage station at 1900 for a 1930 departure. You will enjoy two leisurely return trips through the stunning Purbeck Countryside before arriving back at Swanage at 2230.

Menu choices and payment are required at the time of booking, due to the popularity of this service, advance booking is essential.


Per Person - £43.00 (including meal and travel)


Dates for Friday Night Bistro

15th Jul 2022 Book Tickets
22nd Jul 2022 Book Tickets
29th Jul 2022 Book Tickets
12th Aug 2022 Book Tickets
19th Aug 2022 Book Tickets
26th Aug 2022 Book Tickets
27th Aug 2022 Book Tickets
2nd Sep 2022 Book Tickets
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30th Sep 2022 Book Tickets



Soup of the Day Veg Mark
(Gluten Free & Lactose Free versions are available)
Pâté of the Day
(Gluten Free version is available)
Smoked Salmon with Watercress
(Gluten Free & Lactose Free versions are available)

Main Courses

Braised Beef Steak
Served with wholegrain mustard mashed potatoes
(Gluten Free & Lactose Free versions are available)
Trio of Local Sausages
Served with wholegrain mustard mashed potatoes
(Lactose Free version is available)
Chicken Wrapped in Bacon and Stuffed with Wensledale and Cranberry
Served with roast potatoes
(Gluten Free version is available)
Macaroni Cheese with Sundried Tomato and Spinach Veg Mark
Served with roast potatoes

All served with a selection of seasonal vegetables


Belgian Apple Pie Veg Mark
Chocolate Fudge Cake Veg Mark
Carrot and Passion Fruit Cake Veg Mark
Fresh Fruit Salad Veg Mark
(Gluten Free & Lactose Free versions are available)
Coffee & Mints

Veg Mark = Vegetarian suitable.


We want dining on the Wessex Belle to be a memorable occasion for you.

As such, we kindly request that guests dress smartly so the experience feels  special for everybody. We run a variety of dining trains, some with slightly different requirements, so we will try to break down the dress code for you as clearly as possible.

For the Saturday Wessex Belle: The Wessex Belle offers the chance to dress up and we invite guests to dress in a manner appropriate to a smart/formal occasion.

For men, shirts and jackets are required and ties preferred. For women, we encourage formal evening attire.

For Friday Night Bistro, Dorsetman Luncheon and Cream Teas smart casual attire is required.

For ALL Dining Experiences: Dark jeans are permitted but not any other colour or style. They must not be ripped or frayed. Trainers and leisurewear are not permitted on dining trains at all.


Although every effort is made to avoid cross contamination, the food on these menus is prepared in an atmosphere that uses Nuts, Gluten, Dairy, Mustard, Soya, Celery, Sesame, Sulphur Dioxide, Fish and Shellfish.