Words by Carlie Tucker
Take the winter season, add a dash of soft white snow and mix with a heaping scoop of family tradition. It's a recipe for an unforgettable Christmas in the UK, decorated by a timeless landscape and festive Christmas markets.
It's the most wonderful time of the year and Belmond is hoping to make it all the more magical with their annual Christmas lunches. All aboard the Belmond British Pullman and the Belmond Northern Belle for a unique Christmas experience for the entire family.
Belmond British Pullman And The Canterbury Christmas
Step back to the 1920s and the Golden Age of travel onboard the Belmond British Pullman. It's the sister train to the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express and the definition of luxury train travel. Be greeted by attendants in crisp white coats before embarking across the British landscape in the lap of luxury.
This extravagant train has been lovingly restored to showcase the vintage elegance of the roaring 20s and 30s. There are 11 different carriages, each offering a distinct style that reflects its rich history of hosting everyone from The Queen Mother to Hollywood's biggest stars.
From the 1 December 2015, board the Belmond British Pullman for a special Canterbury Christmas Carols experience. Take your seat for an outward journey to England's most famous place of worship. Watch the snow covered scenery slip past as you soak up the festive atmosphere bolstered by beautiful carriage decorations and brunch with a Bellini.
On arrival, the Canterbury Singers will inspire Christmas spirit with carols in a candle-lit crypt before you head to Whitefriar's Square to explore the Canterbury Christmas Market. Sipping on mulled cider, browse the handcrafted jewellery, traditional tin toys and festive glass ornaments of individual stalls dripping in twinkling fairy lights.
Back on board the Pullman, your return trip will be spent delighting in a four-course dining experience. Freshly prepared with locally sourced ingredients, this gastronomic adventure rivals even the finest London restaurants. Your meal will be accompanied by champagne and wine for an added dash of Christmas warmth.
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The Belmond Northern Belle Christmas Lunch
Another decadent Belmond journey into the glory of a bygone era, the Northern Belle is a luxury time capsule from the 1930s. Made up of seven individually designed carriages, this train has been immaculately restored and now sets the standard for luxury day trips and short breaks. Passengers are invited to tour the carriages to marvel at the intricate beauty featured throughout as the train makes its way through some of Britain's most charming towns.
Immaculately presented staff attend to your every need while you relish the pastoral beauty of Britain's countryside. Very much about your experience onboard the train, your scenic journey is accentuated by a culinary adventure and strolling musicians that perform at your table.
From the 1 December 2015, the Northern Belle will be getting into the Christmas spirit with a special Christmas lunch, offering passengers that signature Belmond luxury experience made all the more magical by a few festive additions.
Bedecked in Christmas finery, your train will embark across Britain while you enjoy a festive lunch with all the trimmings. Prepared by Head Chef Richie Cunningham, contemporary dishes inspired by the surroundings are created with fresh, locally sourced ingredients. A table and strolling musicians add an extra element of festive fun to the celebratory atmosphere.
Create a new family tradition onboard the Belmond Northern Belle this Christmas season.