Evening dining train events
The "Epping Fryer", "Cockney Sparrow" and "Poppadum Prairie"
If you're looking for somewhere unusual to have a delicious supper of curry, pie & mash or fish & chips then the Epping Ongar Railway's evening dining trains are the perfect place for you. We can cater for singles, couples, families and even larger groups who want to celebrate a special anniversary, birthday or just a great time with friends. With an onboard bar, a two-course meal and entertainment provided by our in-house magician, John Clayton, for just £25 per head for food and travel - you can have a great night out without breaking the bank.
The price includes 2 return trips by train from North Weald to Ongar, hauled by steam or diesel according to crews and locomotive availability. You can arrive from 6.30pm and the trains leave North Weald at 7pm prompt. On arrival at Ongar your main course will be served at your table. There is a bar on board. the evening ends at around 9.15pm when you arrive back at North Weald for the second time.
Drivers can claim a single free soft drink from the bar by showing us their car keys and ticket.
To book, simply select the dining train and date from the options below.
The Epping Fryer
New - Fish and Chip Fridays!
1 June; 27 July; 3, 17, 31 August
This is our Fish & Chip night and is our most popular dining train - so popular we plan to increase the number of trains during the year. If you'd rather have sausage and chips or a vegetarian option please let us know at the time of booking. The price includes a dessert which is typically ice-cream.
The Cockney Sparrow
This is our Pie & Mash night. Lawson's Pie and Mash deliver this top quality food direct to the Railway. Your meal is a no-expense spared 'double pie & mash', served at your table - with liquor and perhaps a spoonful of jellied eels and of course a ride on a heritage train. For many this is perfection on rails! If you'd like a vegetarian option please let us know at the time of booking. The price includes a dessert which is typically ice-cream.
The Poppadum Prairie
This is our curry night. This two-course meal comprises a starter of poppadum & pickles followed by a main course of curry, rice, naan bread, samosa and an onion bhaji. The standard curry is chicken, but there is a vegetarian alternative - please let us know at the time of booking. If you've room for one, you can buy an ice-cream from us at Ongar Station when we arrive the second time around.
How about a Murder Mystery Dining experience?
Morse and Miss Marple could do it, can you? We are pleased to offer two murder mystery dining trains; as well as a meal on board the train can you interogate the suspects and work out who the culprit is? Follow the links for further details and bookings.
Real Ale Trains
28 April; 9 June; 10 August; 15 September
Whilst they don't offer an inclusive dining option, we also run several evening Real Ale trains with a selection of ales available from our on-train Flag and Whistle bar! Travel tickets cost just £10 (excluding drinks) inclusive of heritage bus connections from Epping and, on certain dates, Shenfield, meaning you can leave the car at home!
Details of each date will be on our events page nearer the time.