Full English Breakfasts and Jammie Dodger Bread Cakes – MailOnline hop aboard an Avanti Pendolino to see if your newly upgraded first-class experience is on the right track …
- Avanti introduced a premium economy section on its dump trains in May
- Now it has implemented a first class restaurant style food service.
- MailOnline Travel experienced it between London Euston and Manchester
Lumo’s East Coast Main Line train service recently came into the spotlight with super cheap fares between London and Edinburgh (for those who are quick to click).
But significant changes are also taking place on Britain’s other England-Scotland high-speed rail artery, the West Coast Main Line, with Pendolino operator Avanti introducing a premium economy section on its 125mph inclined trains with more room for legs, as we reported in May, and now. a first-class upgrade offering, including (drum roll please) … on weekends.
I traveled in this top-notch carriage on a recent weekend excursion and can report that while it may not herald a new golden age of train travel, it certainly does give it a welcoming glow, with style food service. Upgraded courtesy restaurant. to go with the larger seats and abundant outlets.
Pendolino operator Avanti has introduced a first-class upgraded offering
Pictured is one of Avanti’s 125 mph incline trains running through Litchfield Trent Valley Station
There is an impressive range of dishes and drinks available, suitable stainless steel cutlery and a menu that even details where the UK food suppliers come from and the stories behind their businesses.
It feels VIP, but fundamentally from the beginning.
One of the team members on board greeted my family and me at the door to train K in an Euston-Manchester Piccadilly service on a cold Saturday morning with a genuinely warm smile. And his colleague on board was friendly in an equally sincere way.
Minutes after the train left, we were offered water, juices, and coffee, the first in glassware and the second in elegant mugs on white trays.
It was good coffee too, courtesy of ‘Please change‘in London, which trains people affected by homelessness as baristas and supports them with accommodation.
The West Coast Main Line skirts the Yorkshire Dales and Lake District and also offers stunning views of the North Pennines. Above is a Docker Viaduct that crosses Pendolino Glasgow-London in Cumbria
On the left is the image of Ted in his full English, displayed in his seat in Coach K shortly after leaving London Euston. Pictured to the right is the ‘scrumptious Jammie Dodger loaf cake’ I had on the return trip
Avanti fares from London to Manchester:
First Class – £ 108.80
Standard Premium – £ 60.90
Standard – £ 35.90
First Class – £ 217.60
Standard Premium – £ 121.80
Standard – £ 71.80
The typical travel time between London and Manchester is two hours and eight minutes. Avanti West Coast currently operates two trains per hour between London and Manchester. This will increase to three trains per hour in mid-December (tickets for these are available to reserve now). Click here.
Then came the food order.
Menu options include a ‘classic bacon sandwich’, a vegan breakfast containing a ‘lightly seasoned corn fritter served with smashed avocado, roasted tomato and portobello mushrooms’, a breakfast bowl with a superfood, smoked Scottish salmon and eggs scrambled, and a plate of fresh fruit.
I went for the ‘Great British Breakfast’, with smoked bacon and black pudding for Althams Butchers at Morecambe, parsley sausage, portobello mushroom and scrambled eggs.
We also had toast with Russian blackberry jam next to the London Borough of Jam Company.
And additional coffee and juice offers were issued with nice regularity.
At the Sunday service back at 3:55 p.m., the rules were upheld.
As for food, when the train reached Crewe, I was eating thumbs-up potato gnocchi cooked in white wine and wild garlic cream with pea puree.
For later, I indulged in a scrumptious Jammie Dodger Bread Cake with buttercream frosting and topped with a mini Jammie Dodger from The pudding compartment in Flint, North Wales.
The (extra) icing on the cake? The train arrived in London five minutes early.