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“Lovely food nicely served”
Review of Wessex Belle

Wessex Belle
Ranked #19 of 92 Restaurants in Swanage
Price range: US$8 - US$65
Cuisines: French, International
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Good for: Special occasions
Dining options: Reservations
Reviewed 4 April 2018

We were met on the platform and shown to our table which was beautifully prepared and in a comfortable vintage carriage. As this was the end of March and cold, the carriage had been standing with no heat so it was rather cool until the steam locomotive was coupled up. Our pre-ordered Prosecco in a bucket of ice was delivered to the table, and as the train pulled away service of the 5-course meal began. The service was leisurely and the food was just divine, my braised steak simply fell apart with a fork. You have two complete round trips of the line while dining, unfortunately this early in the season it was dark for the second trip. I have rarely had such a good meal in a restaurant, so to have such a high standard on a railway carriage is astounding. I would do this again, but go later in the year when it's warmer and there's more daylight.

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Thank Andy_Viv
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Reviewed 11 March 2018

Absolutely nothing to fault, such friendly staff from beginning to end and well organised, of course, very nostalgic being on a steam train.

It was well done with the three courses well spaced out on the journey and then finishing off with a coffee. The food was adequate, no complaints, especially enjoyed the fruit salad.

The tables were not cramped and everything was spotless.

A great trip. 10/10 and Five stars.

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Thank Ruff01
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Reviewed 28 September 2017

We were keen on enjoying a celebratory dinner aboard the Steam Railway.Upon arrival at the station we were informed that the Steam Engine was not in service and was replaced by a Deisel Engine. A great disappointment as we were looking forward to the Steam Engine.
They should have informed us as they were aware of it days earlier, and offered us a Refund or alternative day booking.
As for the meal, the Roast Potatoes were burnt and soggy, the Lamb Shank very tender with the tip burnt and very brittle.
I asked for an extra bread and Butter and was told there was one per person.
As I normally enjoy good food and service, this was much below standard for the price.
The train travelled up and down a few times, it would have been an experience of the Steam Rail but alas this was disappointing.

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Thank saleemrangoon
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Reviewed 2 September 2017

What a lovely way to spend an evening, travelling on the Wessex Belle. The food was delicious, the staff couldn't do enough to make sure it was a special experience. From the Wessex Belle, large G n T to coffee, the whole evening was great. And the views spectacular, a very special experience.

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Reviewed 23 July 2017

A really good night out it was a hot night so no real nice dress code very comfortable carriages and a steam engine pulling us two trips along the line with plenty of stops along the way the food was good pity we were in the last coach so service was a bit slow other wise a real good night out

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Thank John T
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