If you're planning on taking a first class train in the near future, you can whet your appetite with the offerings of an award winning chef.
Virgin Trains has announced an exciting partnership with British chef and TV presenter, James Martin, as part of the train operator’s continued transformation of services on the East Coast.
A new range of specially created seasonal menus are now being served to First Class customers, before exciting changes are rolled out to standard class customers in autumn.
The new seasonal menus showcase fresh, local flavours and champion producers on the train operator’s route. Breakfast, casual dining and, on selected services, evening meals have been reinvigorated by James’ distinctive flair.
For breakfast, James has created an exclusive range of jams produced by Yorkshire based The Fruity Kitchen. In addition, he has introduced a premium Black Pudding which is served alongside sausages, bacon and eggs, while casual dining features the chef’s signature golden sultana sauce as an accompaniment to sausage rolls.
Evening diners can now feast on sumptuous lemon and herb roasted chicken, as well as a new chicken curry dish created in the chef’s development kitchen.
James said: “Virgin Trains came to me with a genuine vision and passion for improving the experience they deliver to their customers and - as a frequent Virgin Trains’ traveller - I shared their belief that the food on offer could have a real impact on customers’ experience as a whole.
“I see this partnership as a real opportunity to open people’s eyes to the great food they could enjoy as they speed up the iconic East Coast line – and I feel the new menus we’ve cooked up together will make it a truly enjoyable experience.”
Alison Watson, Customer Experience Director at Virgin Trains on the East Coast, added: “This is another step in Virgin Trains’ journey of improving every element of our customers’ experience when they travel with us. Our new First Class carriages are rolling out on a weekly basis now, we are upgrading our First Class lounges for customers, and we have a totally new fleet of trains in the pipeline, too."