Afternoon Tea hosted by Mary Berry on the British Pullman – Sunday 5th February 2017
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An afternoon tea on the beautifully ornate British Pullman is always a delightful treat. This dining experience is made even sweeter as your host Mary Berry – a celebrated cook and baker and known as star of ‘The Great British Bake Off’ – guides you through a selection of her favourite dishes.
This special tour departs from London Victoria on Sunday 5th February; confirmed timings will be supplied with your travel documents.
Beginning at London Victoria, you are greeted by your host Mary Berry, the ‘Queen of Cakes’ and one of the UK’s best-loved personalities.
You soon board the glamorous Belmond British Pullman and step back in time to a more elegant age of travel. Be sure to admire the intricate art deco features of your carriage and those of the others on the train, including handcrafted marquetry, gleaming crystal and silken lampshades – each carriage is unique.
Sit back in your armchair and admire the passing countryside of the Weald of Kent as you are served an indulgent spread. Savour a selection of Mary Berry’s favourite cakes and desserts, tea or coffee and a glass of sparkling wine. Author of over 80 best-selling cookery books, and with a TV career spanning more than six decades, Mary is seen as the face of family cookery (most recently on ‘The Great British Bake Off’) – and she will be on the train throughout.
You will also receive a surprise gift from your esteemed host, making the sweetest ending to your day.
The Belmond British Pullman
The Belmond British Pullman is glorious in every respect. Originally conceived as “Palaces on Wheels” by George Mortimer Pullman, each lavishly appointed carriage is an original 1920s and 30s masterpiece from the golden age of rail travel.
Lovingly restored with breathtaking attention to detail, each car is a symphony of intricate marquetry, inlaid mosaic floors, sparkling crystal and beautiful Art Deco design.
Relax within deeply upholstered armchairs and celebrate the sovereignty of Britain’s gloriously unique heritage. Sip champagne and embrace an element of the world’s most romantic and exclusive adventure.
The Belmond British Pullman can carry up to 226 passengers and the carriages seat between 20 and 26 passengers in each. On board passengers are seated in either ‘coupé’s’ (small compartments seating up to four people) or in the open car mostly at tables for two. There is a limited number of single tables and tables for three in the open car.
The Belmond British Pullman takes its name from George Mortimer Pullman, an American, who in 1864 built The Pioneer, the first railway carriage designed with true comfort for the passenger. The later creation of the Pullman Car Company in 1882 led to his domination of luxury train travel in Britain from that time onwards.
These luxury day cars formed the train that would take passengers from London to the English Channel ports as part of the famous Venice Simplon-Orient-Express, as well as travelling the length and breadth of Great Britain.
The history of the train lies in the individual carriages which today form the Belmond British Pullman. The carriages have changed hands many times during their lifetime and bring with them stories and events which give them their unique character.