Vera, built in 1932, is a stunning carriage - lined with diamond-shaped panels of sandalwood with a mahogany border, the carriage has some impressive Art Deco features. Dining tables are beautifully set with white linen, crested crystal glasses, crockery and silverware. It feels luxurious without being intimidating, and very glamorous. For this occasion, it was also decked out in full Christmas regalia.
Actors were milling around through the carriages talking to us and telling us a bit of the history of the train, which gave us a real sense of place and occasion.
"Duo of Salmon and Crayfish Parcel" accompanied by a lemon and grain mustard dressing.
"Roasted Pumpkin Soup" served with chives and cinnamon crème fraiche.