Looking To Get A Bite To Eat?

The Severn Valley Railway makes for a fantastic day-out and is the perfect excuse to visit this idyllic stretch of England.

No matter how far you come to visit us, we want to make sure that you have a great time whilst you’re here.

A one-way trip from Kidderminster to Bridgnorth usually takes just over an hour, but whilst you’re in the area you may as well make the most of some of the great places to eat and help support the local economy too! It’s hungry work enjoying this wonderful area, so whilst you’re more than welcome to bring a packed lunch, we’ve collected all our favourite places to eat that are on or near to stations on the Severn Valley Railway.

Head to any one of these places for a slap-up meal and wonderful service:

The Manor House of Whittington, Kinver

This Grade-1 listed building has been serving quality-ales and grub to thirsty travellers for over 700 years and whilst the pub has gone through many different owners since then, the current incarnation of this venerable establishment is arguably the best that it’s ever been. Whilst the historical aspects of the building have been retained, modern decor and stylish design have freshened the rest of the building up, making for a classy gastro-pub experience.

The King & Castle, Kidderminster

Run by Severn Valley Railway, this pub is a faithful recreation of how the original refreshments bar would have appeared in the 1940s. There are always a number of hand-pulled ales on tap, as well as a changing menu of hot and cold food. This is a perfect place to start or finish your journey, gently easing you into the era and letting you get a taste of what it might have been like to travel along the railway line back in its 19th century hey-day.

Kidderminster & Bewdley Refreshment Rooms

In addition to the King & Castle, you can also order some lovely food from the Refreshment Rooms at both the Kidderminster and Bedley Refreshment rooms. Arrive early to make the most of the wonderful breakfast menus: choose from traditional English breakfasts, Eggs Benedict and more.

During the day you can pick from a limited but delicious selection of hearty mains (including Steak & Ale Pie and Cod and Chips) or pick from a few light lunches, or a selection of gourmet burgers.

La Petite Gare, Kidderminster

Just opposite the road from the Severn Valley Railway station in Kidderminster you’ll find La Petite Gare, a family-run business that has a passion for serving fresh Italian coffee and delicious homemade food.

During the day this establishment is a cosy cafe, serving visitors to the town sandwiches, soups and cakes – but during the night it becomes an intimate bistro/bar, perfect for whiling away an evening in Kidderminster.

The Granary Hotel & Restaurant, Kidderminster

This well-reputed hotel and restaurant was first opened in 1978, continual investment has allowed it to become the successful establishment that it is today. The restaurant, run by Head Chef Sarah Heywood, has become reputed as one of the best places to eat in the area.

During the week you can make the most of the 2 AA Rosette standard restaurant’s set dinner at only 3 courses for £19.50.

Have You Thought About Volunteering?

One of the brilliant things about the Severn Valley Railway is that it runs almost completely on a volunteer basis.

Have you thought about giving back to the Severn Valley Railway?

Every year thousands of man-hours are put into keeping the Severn Valley Railway line, that includes the work done by those manning the trains themselves, the train drivers and the ticket collector – but the Severn Valley Railway needs more than just the help of these people to survive. Despite being in perfect working order the railway always needs funds to help keep its archaic systems in check and the lines in good condition.

All the money that you contribute to the Severn Valley Railway, whether it’s through the purchase of a ticket or even a simple cup of tea, goes towards helping hire survey equipment for future investments, refurbishment of the carriages and the continued running of the Severn Valley Railway.

These are just a few of the ways that you can help out the Severn Valley Railways:

Buy some food from one of the Refreshment station

The next time you’re taking a ride on the train, why not hop off at either Kidderminster or Bewdley to get bite to eat at the lovingly recreated Refreshment Rooms?

Always manned by loyal volunteers, you can sit down to enjoy a great range of snacks, meals and drinks – perfect for a quick pit-stop before jumping on the train and heading to your next destination. If you’re up particularly early then you can grab a quick breakfast, choose from either traditional fry-ups or a more fancy option!

Solve a murder!

Do you fancy doing more than just simply riding the rails? For those wishing to spend some extra money, you could get a truly one-of-a-kind experience by booking into one of the excellent events run by the SVR. Step onto one of the historic trains of the Severn Valley Railway and immerse yourself in a thrilling Murder Mystery, enjoy a three-course dinner whilst you figure out who the killers is – you’ve only got a return trip to figure it out, so you better get a move on!

Get a taste of luxury

Ride the Severn Valley Railway whilst an expert takes you through a unique taste adventure! Gin’s never been more popular and whilst it used to be known as ‘Mother’s Ruin’ today it’s the favourite drink of young men and women all over the country. If gin’s not quite your thing then you can try similar experiences with wine, whisky or even ale. Either way, you’ll be able to relax with your tipple of choice whilst watching the Valley glide smoothly by.

Become a member

If you really enjoy your visit to the Severn Valley Railway then there’s no reason why you can’t come back and visit us again! By becoming a member you can gain access to cheaper tickets to all of the experiences we offer, including our murder mystery nights, tasting rides and even our annual Autumn Gala which gives you the chance to ride some truly unique historical trains from all over the country.

Experience Railway Travel Like Never Before

How do you make a day travelling on a heritage steam strain even more memorable?

If you’ve ever marvelled at the extravagance of movies like Wes Anderson’s Darjeeling Limited, or the recent production of Murder on the Orient Express, then you’ll no doubt have a hankering for one of these one-of-a-kind experiences.

Although the line might not be long enough for you to sleep on the train, it’s certainly long enough to enjoy one of these spectacular experiences. So whether you fancy solving a murder, slurping some gin or simply enjoying a tasty cuppa – you’re bound to find something to take your fancy.

Have a look at the different kinds of adventures that you can take on the Severn Valley Railway:

Sunday Luncheon

Give Mum a break and treat her to a three-course Sunday lunch on wheels. Choose between a return ride from Kidderminster to Bridgnorth on the Severn Valley Limited, a gorgeously preserved 1930s dining train or a one-way trip on the Severn Valley Venturer, a 1940s era First Class dining carriage. All the food is prepared on the train’s dedicated kitchen carriages and gives diners the option of a Sunday Roast, fish or vegetarian option. All you need to do is sit back, let the world drift by and enjoy your dinner!

Prices start at £50.50 for children and £57.00 for adults or seniors.

Murder Mystery

Ever fancied yourself a bit of a bit of a Miss Marple or a Hercule Poirot? If you’re the kind of person who likes a dose of danger with their dinner then the SVR’s Murder Mystery experience is definitely for you! Enjoy a three-course meal whilst taking a return trip along the SVR line, but don’t get too relaxed because there’ll be a murder to solve whilst you’re tucking into your meal. There’s a different mystery to solve each time, so you’ll never know what’s going to happen next: don’t forget to bring your magnifying glass!

Prices are £46.50 for all tickets – but make sure to book well ahead.

Cream Tea

Is there anything more English than a Cream Tea? The volunteer stewards on the Severn Valley Railway have been running a Cream Tea service for years now and they’ve got rather good at it in that time. Choose to enjoy your Cream Tea on a single journey from Kidderminster to Bridgnorth (or the reverse) and enjoy the view from the vintage saloon’s panoramic windows. Does anything get better than a well brewed cuppa with a scone and cream? We don’t think so.

Prices start at £22.74 for kids and £29.25 for adults.

Tasting Trains

If you’re someone who enjoys the finer things in life then you’ll love our custom-tailored tasting trains. Step aboard one of our vintage carriages and enjoy a leisurely ride down or up the line with a tasting sequence of four whiskies. Local wine merchants, Hay Wines, will be on hand to give you a brief but informative rundown of each whisky and you’ll have plenty of time to ask questions should you wish.

Prices are £50 for adults aged 18+.

For all bookings and to enquire further head to the Severn Valley Railway site.