Afternoon Tea on the Move

Afternoon Tea on the Move
Photography by Ian Coles

Cream Teas on The Kent and East Sussex Railway
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For a full afternoon tea before you ride this vintage railway, book a table in the Art Deco Refreshment Rooms on the platform at Tenterden Station in Kent and tuck into all the sandwiches, scones, and cakes. Seats outside afford an excellent view of all the activity on the tracks—engines being shunted and trains arriving and departing, leaving puffs of smoke and hissing steam in their wake. Or instead, climb on board for a yummy cream tea on the comfortable old Wealdon Pullman train that winds its way from Tenterden Station to Bodiam, just over the county border in Sussex.

Afternoon Tea on the Move
Contributing editor Jane Pettigrew. Photography by Ian Coles

As the train chugs past fields of sheep and across the Kent marshes, happy customers sip the welcome cups of tea and dollop thick clotted cream and Tiptree jam onto their scones. And just before the train arrives at Bodiam, as they lick the last crumbs from their lips and enjoy the last few drops of tea, they turn to peruse the 14th century medieval walls of Bodiam’s moated castle, where knights in armor once tried to knock each other off their horses on the jousting green.


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