Taking grand daughter (18) in London 4 nights and I am researching taking a train with dining service from London to Statford Upon Avon where we will be staying there a few nights. Any suggestions?
If you're looking for a 'heritage' train ride on an old-style train that serves food then I don't think they operate any services to Stratford upon Avon. They're meant to be an experience in themselves rather than a means of reaching a specific destination. The only one I can find is a 'Shakespeare Express', but that runs seasonally from Birmingham rather than London.
For trains to SuA from London, research tells me that a handful of Chiltern services run direct from London Marylebone to Stratford-upon-Avon. Other than that your option is to take a Chiltern train from London Marylebone to Birmingham Snow Hill or Birmingham moor Street, then connect onto the London Midland train to SuA.
Are you more interested in the experience or getting to Stratford upon Avon?
When is your journey?
Are you willing to go some distance from London and Stratford upon Avon?
Are you hoping for a steam train?
I may be able to help but I need details please.
Thank you all! I researched and we will just take the bus direct from London to Stratford. (rather than train where we have to change and given suitcases thought this a better option and less expensive than a cab)
However, I did email, as I was unable to book directly on line, an Elegant Luncheon Cruise (Evesham) so we will enjoy the elegance of British dining hopefully on Sunday afternoon. Keeping my fingers crossed!
I saw the train references but think this visit we would need more time - had ideally hoped to get one way but see that enjoying these tours tend to be RT over a few day journey.
Thank you for being so helpful and responding!
Only GWR run scheduled train services with proper full silver service dining cars these days, on a handful of trains to Wales and the South West (feast your eyes on the menus here). Others will be charters.
They aren't currently doing trips to Stratford, but look at http://www.belmond.com/british-pullman-train/.