July 21, 2024

A taste of Yorkshire on Hull Trains

Hull Trains has introduced a new food and drink trolley service in its Standard class and enhanced First class offerings on its Hull to London route. Passengers can look forward to products sourced from Yorkshire-based businesses.

Food and non-acholic beverages are provided complimentary in First class, subject to availability. The at-seat standard class trolley service and the option to purchase alcoholic drinks in First class are provided via a cashless service.

A red carpet was rolled out at Hull’s Paragon Interchange Station for the launch event, attended by stakeholders and representatives from partnering companies. On the day the operator revealed an array of refreshments that will redefine the travel experience for its customers as part of a new at-seat food and drink refreshment trolley service.

The enhanced Standard class service comes alongside some new additions to its First class offer, featuring a curated selection of Yorkshire’s finest products including:

 Onboard drinks

Hull-based Atom Beer’s Locomotion takes pride of place in the onboard beverage offerings.

“We’re excited to be part of this initiative by Hull Trains. Bringing Atom Beer onboard gives passengers a taste of the vibrant brewing scene in Hull,” said Allan Rice, Co-Founder at Atom Brewery.

Award-winning, Hull-based coffee roasters River City Coffee supply the rich and aromatic coffee available to First class passengers. “As a Hull-based coffee roaster, we’re proud to be part of Hull Trains’ effort to promote local businesses. We’re confident our coffee will be a delightful addition to the travel experience,” commented Matt Pearson, Founder of River City Coffee.

Trolley used to serve food and drinks on Hull Trains Hull -London rail services.
Trolley used to serve food and drinks on Hull Trains’ Hull -London rail services.

Snacks on Hull Trains

The soya and potato spicy snacks from Sheffield’s Henderson’s Relish that are available onboard are vegan and gluten-free. “Being part of Hull Trains’ catering line-up allows us to showcase the unique flavours of Sheffield to a broader audience. We’re delighted to contribute to this exciting venture,” said Kevin Talbot, Business Development Manager at Henderson’s (Sheffield) Ltd.

Grown, hand-cooked and packed in Howden – approximately 25 miles west of Kingston upon Hull – Lister’s crisps also feature onboard Hull Trains.

“We’re delighted to bring a food and drink refreshment offer back to our Standard class customers with this new at-seat trolley service. We’ve worked tirelessly to source a number of great products that truly represent the spirit of Yorkshire to help make the new initiative a success by providing a great experience for our customers,” said Martijn Gilbert, Managing Director at Hull Trains.

“We’re also passionate about playing our part in the communities we serve and our work on this has a strong focus on celebrating the region and supporting local independent businesses, taking their products all the way along our route to London,” he added.

To support the new food and drink refreshment service on its trains, the Hull-based company has hired nine additional onboard hosts and three service centre assistants as part of its in-house logistics support operation.

Hull Trains’ Hull-London route serves Brough, Howden, Selby, Doncaster, Retford and Grantham with morning and evening services including Beverley and Cottingham. A full menu of the new at-seat trolley service can be found online.