The British Pullman

Natalie Gosher on 20 September 2018
It isn’t often that Belmond invite you onboard in a professional capacity to experience the fantastic British Pullman whilst she traverses the Kent countryside on her ‘Golden Age of Travel’ trip and of course I jumped at the chance and loved every minute!

A luxurious brand with a reputation to match I was looking forward to putting one of my favourite frocks on and exploring the train and all she offers. And what can I say- it did not disappoint.

Arriving at Victoria Station, London; it was easy to navigate and find your platform. It really is here that you start the Belmond experience with smartly dressed porters directing you to your carriage and a cold glass of bubbly once you reach your comfortable seat.

The carriage I was on was called Ibis and she was stunning. The art deco décor added grandeur and it was clear that this was a special train. The tables were all decked out in crisp, white linens and the cutlery gave a small glimpse into the lunch that I would be enjoying! As we set off from the station, I settled in with a nice glass of wine and enjoyed the views as we left London for the coast.

The food started to arrive with hor d'oeuvres and a further 4 courses all of which were sublime. Amazing really that the chefs onboard could create and present food of this quality on a moving train!

We stopped at Broadstairs which was around half way through the trip and I was delighted to find a brass brand in candy striped jackets on the platform. Porters offered fresh oysters and cool lemonade whilst we all stretched our legs and enjoyed a bit of fresh air.

The journey back towards London was accompanied with fresh coffee and chocolates (I know more food!) where we sadly disembarked and all headed off home.

I am sure this will not be my last trip onboard the British Pullman or indeed with Belmond (the Orient Express is on my bucket list!) If you love a train, I would highly recommend considering a trip- you will not be disappointed.

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