Get on the right track for great afternoon tea
All aboard, there’s a new eaterie steaming into town – and we think it’s on track to be a huge success. Serving sumptuous afternoon teas, Carriages is housed in a series of luxuriously refurbished vintage railway carts on a disused train track out in Fen Drayton.
Nestled among the display gardens at Bannold, the venture is the brainchild of Michael Attle, who was inspired by a visit to a restaurant located in a colonial railway station in India.
When he returned from his trip, the opportunity to purchase a station platform from Oakham arose – and, buoyed on by excitement at the flourishing East Anglian food scene – he went ahead, immediately getting to work transforming the platform and station house.
From the authentic signal box and Pullman style carriages, right the way through to the bone china and weighty cutlery, the attention to detail and passion that has been put into the project shines through.
Capturing the romance of train travel in a bygone era, diners can soak up the old-school glamour of the elegant surroundings while they indulge in afternoon teas, complete with freshly baked scones smothered in clotted cream and jam, gourmet sandwiches and delicate petit fours.