All aboard Britain's most luxurious train for a tea party with a difference in Doncaster

The Northern Belle train
The Northern Belle train

There's nothing more British than afternoon tea - and for one afternoon only Doncaster residents will be able to enjoy this quaint English tradition aboard Britain's most luxurious train.

This will, however, be a tea party with a difference, as the experience will have a Mad Hatter theme.

Alice and the White Rabbit will welcome passengers aboard the plush Northern Belle for a five-hour round trip, which will take place next month.

To make the experience truly magic, a conjuror will perform tricks as passengers tuck into silver service afternoon tea.

A spokesman for Northern Belle said: “It will be an unforgettable journey. Our on-board chef selects the freshest seasonal and regional ingredients and transforms them into exquisite masterpieces."

The train will leave Leeds at noon on Friday, September 21, before picking up more passengers at Doncaster at 1pm.

The Northern Belle recreates the days of the luxury travel during Britain’s railway heyday in the 1930s. The seven Pullman carriages have handcrafted murals, mosaics and marquetry, while tables are set with crisp white linen, delicate china and silver cutlery and passengers are greeted by liveried stewards who serve them a glass of wine.

The train is the nearest thing Britain has to the fabled Orient Express, with renovated Pullman carriages hauled by a vintage diesel locomotive.

Fares start at £205. For details call Northern Belle on 0844 8404525, or visit northernbelle.co.uk.