Gin & Wine Tasting Nights

Gin And Wine Tasting Wine Rack
Gin And Wine Tasting Gin

Fancy a tipple? Our gin and wine tasting nights – complete with a delicious dinner – are the best way to celebrate any special occasion. Enjoy a fabulous four course meal perfectly paired with wonderful wine or gorgeous gins as you steam up and down the ELR.

Hop on board one of our beautifully restored Pullman-style carriages – hauled by a historic steam locomotive – and make sure your taste buds are ready for an evening of fantastic flavours and sensational aromas.

Shiraz or Sauvignon? Chenin Blanc or Chianti? Traditional London Dry or a fancy, fruity gin? Whether you want to sample delicious wines or delightful gins, our tasting nights will be an experience you won’t forget.

Alongside your wine tasting evening or gin tasting experience, we’ll treat you to an indulgent four course meal. You’ll dine surrounded by the true splendour of our pristine carriages, enjoy superb local produce, and learn all about the world’s finest wines and gins.

What’s included?

With our gin tasting nights, you’ll enjoy:

  • A 2 and three quarter hour steam train ride through the Irwell Valley
  • An expert led gin tasting evening with Kwoff Wines
  • A four course meal followed by tea or coffee and after dinner mints

With our wine tasting nights, you’ll enjoy:

  • A beautiful 2 and three quarter hour steam train ride through the Irwell Valley
  • An expert led wine tasting evening with Kwoff Wines
  • A four course meal followed by tea or coffee and after dinner chocolates

Dining With Distinction

2022 Dates

Our Gin and Wine Tasting Dinner trains run on selected Fridays and Saturdays throughout the year. The evening starts at Bury Bolton Street Station at 7:30pm and finishes at approximately 10:15pm. Priced at £84.50 per head.

Gin Tasting
19 August

Wine Tasting
10 September

2022 Menus Gin Tasting

The Menus for the 2022 Gin Tasting Diners are available to download below.

2022 Menus Wine Tasting

The Menus for the 2022 Wine Tasting Diners are available to download below.

2022 Drinks Menu

The Drinks Menu for 2022 is available to download below.

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Will our service be steam hauled?

Every effort will be made to ensure that steam locomotives haul our dining services. However, should a steam locomotive be unavailable, the East Lancashire Railway reserves the right to substitute a diesel locomotive without prior notice. We reserve the right to suspend, reschedule or cancel services if operational circumstances or safety make this necessary.

My tickets don't have any details of which table I will be dining at?

We do not guarantee that the seats you book will be the seats you are given on the day. This is because our Dining Train Manager may have to move passengers around to allow us to accommodate those with limited mobility or large groups. However, we do guarantee those booked on a table for two, will be seated on a table for two. Those booked on a table for four, will be seated on a table for four. If you have booked two seats on a table of four, you will be seated next to each other, allowing both parties on the table to benefit from a window seat.

Please advise us if you have booked specific seats due to mobility or have arranged to be seated next to a booking under a different name.

Are children allowed on the diner?

Our evening diners are for ages 16 and over, but children are most welcome on our day time diners, which includes our midweek luncheons, Lancastrian lunches and festive lunches. A child ticket can be chosen at the time of booking and a smaller version of the set menu will be provided. A child ticket children aged 5 to 12, you are more than welcome to bring a child under 5, but they will not get a seat and we cannot provide a high chair due to the layout of the carriage.

Can I bring my own drinks on-board?

The East Lancashire Railway has a selection of reasonably priced drinks on board.

You can bring bottled wine or champagne on board, but there will be a corkage fee of £8.50 per bottle.

Is the Dining Train wheelchair accessible?

All of our Diners depart from Bury Bolton Street Station which has step free access to the platforms. However, we regret that our 1950’s coaches are unable to accommodate wheelchair passengers. We can provide a small ramp during boarding to aid those with limited mobility, but passengers will be required to walk to their seats. Please let us know when making your booking that you require priority seating near the door.

What is the reception drink on board and can I change it?

It is a sparkling Perry, 7.5% alc and can be changed for a fresh orange juice upon request.

Can I bring my dog on board?

No, dogs are not permitted on board, unless it is an assistance dog which you will need to notify us about beforehand.

What is the dress code?

Premium nights are black tie events. We encourage fancy dress for our Murder Mysteries. Trainers, Sportswear and baseball caps are not permitted on evening diners.

We are celebrating a special occasion, what can we do to make it special?

Please let us know in advance so we can ensure our staff are aware of the occasion. You can also chose to purchase some of our dining add-ons which include champagne. These can be bought up to 7 days before the date of your experience.

Can I smoke on board?

No, E-Cigs and cigarettes are not permitted on board.

I cannot eat the set menu, is there an alternative?
  •  We cater for a range of dietary requirements including Vegetarian, Pescetarian, Vegan, Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Diabetic and Halal (This will be a roast chicken breast.)
  • We also offer the option to select an alternative starter of Melon on all applicable dining experiences (excludes Mid-Week Luncheons and Afternoon Teas) and an alternative dessert of Fruit Salad or Cheese and Biscuits (Excludes Afternoon Teas.)
  • Vegetarian/Pescetarian – Starters will be as per the standard set menu unless unsuitable, in which case the advertised Vegetarian starter will be provided.
  • All dietary requirements must be selected at the time of booking, or emailed to no later than 7 days before the date of travel.
  • Please note, regretfully we are unable to cater for diabetic, lactose free, dairy free, vegan or pescetarian options on our afternoon tea services.
I need to cancel or rearrange my booking?

In-date Vouchers can be refunded in full, up to a month after the date of purchase, to the person who made the original booking only.

  • Any bookings cancelled OVER 3 weeks before the date of the booked event – 100% refund (minus original booking fee) to original payment method.
  • Any bookings cancelled between 1 week and 3 weeks before the booked event – 100% refund via gift voucher or 75% refund to original payment method (minus original booking fee).
  • Any bookings less than a week but more than 3 days before the booked event – 50% refund via gift voucher (minus original booking fee)

Bookings cancelled less than 3 days prior to the event will not be entitled to any refund.

Refunds may take up to 28 days to process.

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A Gin or Wine Tasting Night on the ELR is £84.50 per adult. This includes your meal, drinks tasters and your train fares.

Gin Tasting Night – Adult Ticket


Wine Tasting Night – Adult Ticket