Red Rose Diner

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The perfect steam train treat for two, or an indulgent treat for a group of friends, our Red Rose Diners are an incredible foodie experience, and a unique alternative to a restaurant located near to Manchester City Centre, especially for those looking for immersive experiential dining. Enjoy a delicious four-course meal with an unbeatable atmosphere, ideal for private romantic dining and friendly get-togethers.

On arrival, we’ll whisk you off to your reserved seats where a glass of fizz will be waiting. Plush furnishings, crisp table linen and polished wooden panelling help to convey the glamorous, first class dining experience from days gone by.

As one of our flagship fine dining experiences for two, and a local hidden gem, you and your loved one (or your group of friends) will enjoy fabulous food, delicious drinks and an excellent evening all around. A truly unique, memorable way to celebrate and some of the finest dining in Lancashire.

What’s included?

With our Red Rose Diner experience, you’ll enjoy:

  • A 2 and three quarter hour steam train ride through the Irwell Valley
  • A complimentary glass of Sparkling Wine
  • A four course dinner on a steam train followed by tea or coffee and after dinner chocolates

Dining With Distinction

2022 Dates

Red Rose Diners run on selected Fridays and Saturdays from February to November. The Dining Train departs at 7:30pm and returns at approximately 10:15pm. Priced at £64.50 per head.

August 19, 26
September 2, 9, 10, 16, 23, 24, 30
October 7, 21
November 12

2022 Menus
The menus for the 2022 Red Rose Diners are available to download below.

2022 Drinks Menu

The Drinks Menu for 2022 is available to download below.

Book Now
The majority of Red Rose Diners can be booked from the link below. Please note a £1.25 booking fee applies.

If you are booking on any of the dates listed below, please use the ‘Book Tickets’ link:

August 19
September 10

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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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Red Rose Diner Experience – Adult Ticket

Our Red Rose Diner is £64.50 per head. This includes your meal and your train fare.