Virgin East Coast Trains – Edinburgh to London
5.40am. Kill me now. The earliest of early trains welcomed me with the surprise of an unexpected first class seat. That meant free grub, both at this ungodly hour and on the return journey. Who was I to complain about this?
It had been a while since I’d eaten on the train, but I remember having a pretty decent pie at some point. Today’s selection was rather more sophisticated.
For breakfast I opted for smoked salmon which sat atop a little cheese souffle on a bed of spinach. It was covered with decently zesty and profuse hollandaise. This was well-executed, pleasing food.
The return journey meal of pork, apple, mash and kale wasn’t quite so good, as the pork was rather tough, but the mash was very smooth and pork did pack good flavour in its jaw-tiring pieces.
I followed the pork with a simple but pleasing cheese selection.
So overall, the Virgin Trains East Coast grub was surprisingly good. The breakfast was a particular highlight making the horrendously early start just about bearable. The first class chairs are a good bit more spacious than the regular seats, so it’s worth considering the marginally higher costs for a comfortable ride and a decent feed.