Magazine article The Spectator

BreakRail

Magazine article The Spectator

BreakRail

Article excerpt

ANGLING for his place, I.K. Gricer has been munching his way round the system and reports serious discrepancies. On the East Coast Main Line, he reports, GNER upholds railway tradition by offering breakfast to all its passengers, serving it on good china and glass with the company's crest and presenting a suitable bill. Breakfast on Virgin's West Coast Main Line is for first-class passengers only, and the price is lumped into the fare, which is loaded, as they have to be. They get no refund when breakfast is cancelled owing to a signal failure in the Watford area. Some Great Western trains now boast travelling chefs, but it is no use asking them for Churchillian breakfasts of kedgeree, cold grouse and burgundy. They can run to a breakfast baguette, which, in first class, arrives on a plate. On the Southern Railway's Brighton Belle, the kippers were favoured by Laurence Olivier, but breakfast on the Southern now appears to be extinct. …

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