Dining in First Class

First off, it’s free. Secondly, it’s served at your table by our friendly (but not over-friendly) onboard crew. And thirdly, it’s delicious.

What’s cooking?

Our menus change depending on the time of day, and day of the week you’re travelling - our crew members will make sure you’ve got the right menu for your journey.

On our shorter journeys, under 70 minutes, you’ll be served drinks and snacks. While on journeys over 70 minutes, you have our full menu to choose from. If we’re particularly busy, we may need to substitute or change some menu items. On bank holidays, we offer our weekend menu.

Something to drink?

We'll ensure you remain refreshed with hot and cold drinks served along the way.

Complimentary alcoholic drinks from a selection of fine wines, beers and spirits are served to our First Class customers aged over 18 on weekday services from lunchtime.

A great choice of wines

We've a notable selection recommended by our team who have a nose for wines that… ahem, travel well.

Choose your cheese

A board level decision

Round off your meal with two fine cheeses from the cheese board, Appleby’s Cheshire White and a Wensleydale Blue. With a well-chosen wine, tangy apple slices and damson plum jelly, you’ll be forgiven for forgetting you’re on a train.

Vegetarian options

Each of our menu rotations includes either a gluten-free option, or one that can be prepared as gluten-free (Monday to Friday only, at the moment).

Local suppliers, fresh ingredients

Wherever possible we source our food from trusted suppliers with a reputation for quality who are local to the East Coast route.

Win a seat on our judging panel

We'd love to see the dishes you've enjoyed on your Virgin Trains East Coast First Class journey. Tweet a photo of your favourite to @Virgin_TrainsEC with #eastcoastfavourites for your chance to be a judge in our next Chef of the Year competition.

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