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The Buffer Stop Café is the railway’s largest eatery and is located within the station building at Clayton West.  Serving a variety of fresh, seasonal, locally-sourced produce, the Buffer Stop Café also has a specials board which changes daily.

Well-behaved dogs are permitted in the café.

Please note that the cafe stops serving hot food at 3pm.



Located at the Shelley Station, the Shelley Tea Room is a small, cosy café offering panoramic views of the surrounding countryside.  Shelley Tea Room offers a selection of drinks, snacks, ice creams and light refreshments.

During most special event days, the barbecue outside Shelley Tea Room will be open and offering a delicious selection of hot, fresh food.

Please note Shelley Tea Room will close 10 minutes before the departure of the final train of the day from Shelley.



Should you wish to eat al fresco, or bring your own hearty packed lunch with you, picnic areas are available outside both Clayton West and Shelley Stations.  With an abundance of outdoor seating and tables, you can watch the world go by whilst satisfying those rumbling tummies.



Our Afternoon Tea & Steam Experience comprises of a day ticket to the railway plus a delicious selection of fresh finger sandwiches, scones served with butter, fresh cream and fruity jam, sweet treats and cakes, served with your choice of freshly brewed tea or coffee.

Prices for 2020:

  • One adult - £17.50
  • Two adults - £35
  • Family of Four (2 adults + 2 children) - £60
  • Child (add on, up to age 12) - £14

Advance booking is essential (we suggest at least one month's notice).  Please call the railway on 01484 865727 to check availability and reserve your slot or reserve online HERE

We regret that due to the popularity of our afternoon tea experiences, we may be unable to accommodate you on your preferred date of travel but we will endeavour to book you in for a convenient time.

Afternoon Teas are not available during Special Event periods nor on Bank Holidays. Please check with the railway for exclusions.

Train rides will be part of the scheduled service on general operating days.

Afternoon Teas are served at set times: 

Orange & Green Timetables
Train Departs Afternoon Tea Train Departs
- 11:00 12:20
13:40 15:00  
- 14:00 15:00
14:20 15:30  

To purchase an Afternoon Tea Experience, book HERE or call 01484 865727.

Our Afternoon Teas are also available to purchase as a gift – please see the Gifts & Experiences page for further details

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