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Railway Event:Afternoon Tea at Spa Valley Railway

Railway Event, from 11 Oct 2020

Spa Valley Railway

Spa Valley Railway


Spa Valley Railway


West Station,
Tunbridge Wells,

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We're bringing Afternoon Tea back to the Spa Valley Railway!
At the Spa Valley Railway we have been operating our Afternoon Tea trains through the High Weald for many years, always popular with our passengers and sell out fast we're delighted to announce that following the period of closure during COVID-19 we are once again operating our popular Afternoon Tea trains, under different conditions to our previous trains to ensure we can maintain Social Distancing and be COVID secure.

What’s on offer?
Join the train from 14:00 at Tunbridge Wells West and at 14:30 the train will set off for Groombridge. Whilst on your journey you will enjoy Afternoon Tea on the return trip. You will return to Tunbridge Wells West for approximately 15:30. There will be a break at Groombridge for you to see the steam locomotive and access the station. The basket containing your Afternoon Tea will already be on your table along with cups, plates and hot water for you to make tea as you desire!

What has changed?

To ensure we maintain Social Distancing and are COVID secure we will be using two 'Open' carriages which have an aisle down the centre. Passengers will be sat 1m+ from other passengers with protective screens being provided between the bays of seats.
On train toilets and a walk-up-bar service will not be available and you will be asked to board and disembark in a certain order. Toilets will be available at Tunbridge Wells West and Groombridge along with hand sanitisation points at both stations.
On-board catering staff will be wearing additional PPE, they will be wearing masks when they need to approach your bay of seats and will wear gloves when handling anything that we need to put on your table (i.e. a drink). All staff have been briefed on the need to routinely wash their hands and they will have access to our handwashing facilities in bar car 'Kate'.
Eridge station and the line beyond Groombridge will be closed initially. High Rocks station is also closed.
It is not possible to break your journey at Groombridge and return on a later train.
You will be required to wear a face covering when on our stations, in our buildings and when not consuming food or drink.
Afternoon Tea Menu:
Three finger sandwiches with fillings:
Smoked Salmon with Cracked Black Pepper & Lemon
Free Range Egg Mayonnaise with Rocket
Baked Ham & Wholegrain Mustard
Sausage Roll or Cheese Puff
Scone with Jam & Clotted Cream
Afternoon Tea Cakes
Chocolate & Raspberry Slice
Lemon Meringue Cheesecake
Fruit & Cream filled Tartlet
Mini Shortbread Biscuit

A selection of teas or coffees:
• English Breakfast
• Decaffeinated Tea
• Filter Coffee
• Decaffeinated Coffee

What’s included?
• One return journey from Tunbridge Wells West to Groombridge with a Steam locomotive.
• A traditional Afternoon Tea at your seat.

Private hire Afternoon Tea
Our Afternoon Tea train is available for private hire on days we're already operating or on days when the railway is otherwise closed to the general public. This must be pre-booked at least two months in advance, and is dependent on our own services and our caterers availability.

We can cater for up to 78 guests for Afternoon Tea and can even take you from either Tunbridge Wells, Groombridge or Eridge stations to a destination on our line of your choice! This is the perfect way to celebrate that all important anniversary, birthday or for business/corporate functions.

Prices for private hire Afternoon Tea with the Classic menu start at £35 per person. On days when we are not already operating then our Afternoon prices as already stated however a private hire fee of £1,500 also applies. This fee includes use of the Spa Valley Railway with a Steam locomotive and carriages for up to four return trips between Tunbridge Wells West & Groombridge, this fee does not lower if less trips are undertaken.

To get a firm quote and discuss your requirements for a private hire Afternoon Tea please contact us. The price quoted above may vary dependent on your own requirements, the minimum private hire fee is £1,500.

We regret that due to the nature of the 1960s carriages we cannot accomodate wheelchair users on these dining experiences.

Baby changing facilitiesCoach parties acceptedCredit cards accepted (no fee)Disabled toiletsFacilities for groupsGift shopOn-site cateringOn-site light refreshmentsPicnic sitePublic toiletsAccepts groups

Event details

Dates Times
Sun 11 Oct 2020
Sat 24 Oct 2020



See location of Spa Valley Railway on Google mapsSee location on Google maps

Map reference: TQ 590439  Lat: 51.17285 Long: 0.27381

West Station is adjacent to Sainsbury's off A26 Eridge Road. Frequent local bus services connect to the town centre and mainline stations.
Eridge station is shared with Southern's London Bridge - Uckfield line.

Parking: with charge

Accessible by Public Transport: 0 miles from Eridge / Tunbridge Wells station


  • Baby changing facilitiesBaby changing facilities
  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)Credit cards accepted (no fee)
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • Facilities for groupsFacilities for groups
  • Gift shopGift shop
  • On-site cateringOn-site catering
  • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
  • Picnic sitePicnic site
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups