Looking To Get A Bite To Eat?

The Severn Valley Railway makes for a fantastic day-out and is the perfect excuse to visit this idyllic stretch of England.

No matter how far you come to visit us, we want to make sure that you have a great time whilst you’re here.

A one-way trip from Kidderminster to Bridgnorth usually takes just over an hour, but whilst you’re in the area you may as well make the most of some of the great places to eat and help support the local economy too! It’s hungry work enjoying this wonderful area, so whilst you’re more than welcome to bring a packed lunch, we’ve collected all our favourite places to eat that are on or near to stations on the Severn Valley Railway.

Head to any one of these places for a slap-up meal and wonderful service:

The Manor House of Whittington, Kinver

This Grade-1 listed building has been serving quality-ales and grub to thirsty travellers for over 700 years and whilst the pub has gone through many different owners since then, the current incarnation of this venerable establishment is arguably the best that it’s ever been. Whilst the historical aspects of the building have been retained, modern decor and stylish design have freshened the rest of the building up, making for a classy gastro-pub experience.

The King & Castle, Kidderminster

Run by Severn Valley Railway, this pub is a faithful recreation of how the original refreshments bar would have appeared in the 1940s. There are always a number of hand-pulled ales on tap, as well as a changing menu of hot and cold food. This is a perfect place to start or finish your journey, gently easing you into the era and letting you get a taste of what it might have been like to travel along the railway line back in its 19th century hey-day.

Kidderminster & Bewdley Refreshment Rooms

In addition to the King & Castle, you can also order some lovely food from the Refreshment Rooms at both the Kidderminster and Bedley Refreshment rooms. Arrive early to make the most of the wonderful breakfast menus: choose from traditional English breakfasts, Eggs Benedict and more.

During the day you can pick from a limited but delicious selection of hearty mains (including Steak & Ale Pie and Cod and Chips) or pick from a few light lunches, or a selection of gourmet burgers.

La Petite Gare, Kidderminster

Just opposite the road from the Severn Valley Railway station in Kidderminster you’ll find La Petite Gare, a family-run business that has a passion for serving fresh Italian coffee and delicious homemade food.

During the day this establishment is a cosy cafe, serving visitors to the town sandwiches, soups and cakes – but during the night it becomes an intimate bistro/bar, perfect for whiling away an evening in Kidderminster.

The Granary Hotel & Restaurant, Kidderminster

This well-reputed hotel and restaurant was first opened in 1978, continual investment has allowed it to become the successful establishment that it is today. The restaurant, run by Head Chef Sarah Heywood, has become reputed as one of the best places to eat in the area.

During the week you can make the most of the 2 AA Rosette standard restaurant’s set dinner at only 3 courses for £19.50.

A Brief History of the Line

As with all the railway lines in Britain: the Severn Valley Railway’s history is a storied one.

After a topographical survey was taken of the area by a number of investors and planners, building of the railway line began in 1858.

In the wake of the Industrial revolution Britain had changed beyond recognition; put simply, the landscape of Britain was changing. Where once green farm land stretched for mile upon mile, now the industrial buildings, more associated with the city, were starting to be built in the countryside, providing valuable employment for thousands of Britons whose traditional jobs working the land were now starting to be replaced by ever-improving agricultural machinery.

By 1862 work on the line had been completed, linking up many disparate rural locations and creating a simple, affordable way for the inhabitants of those villages to travel through the area. Communities from Hartlebury, Shrewsbury, Stourport-on-Sever and even Cressage were now just a train ride away. The original line stretched for over 40 miles and for 100 years played a vital part in the development of thousands of people.

In 1963 Britain was changing once more.

The national rail nationalisation programme had begun in earnest, so for the first time in a century the rail line was closed to the public – although this wouldn’t remain the case for long. Two years later fifty local people, all enthusiastic supporters of the Severn Valley Railway, met at the Coopers Arms in Kidderminster. Although the original plan was to purchase only 5 and a half miles of the original railway line, support for the newly formed Society soon snowballed and their sights began to aim higher.

Backed by MP and Knight, Gerald Nabarro, the Society was soon barrelling towards claiming its prize. In 1970, after the initial purchase was made, a Light Railway Order was granted so that the SVR could once more serve the public. Operating between Bridgnorth and Hampton Loade, these early services proved immensely popular amongst both the young, who might not have seen a steam-engine based train before and the old who yearned for the simpler times of the pre-war years. Within a few years, as coal trains ceased to use the line, the SVR were able to purchase yet more stretches of the track until they owned the full 16 and a half miles that we know and love today.

Despite the apparent popularity the SVR had with the British public, its continued success has not always been guaranteed. In the mid-eighties the construction of a bypass road threatened to obliterate Bridgnorth Station, thankfully this outcome was avoided. Since then the Severn Valley Railway Society has been able to build stations of their own, linking the historical railway up with the rest of the British rail network, whilst maintaining the vintage aesthetic of yesteryear.

Today, the Severn Valley Railway exists as a unique time capsule: serving as a reminder as to how our country used to be.


If you’d like to take a ride on the Severn Valley Railways or even take part in one of the one-off experiences that the SVR run on a regular basis then head to their site to find out more.

Things To Do, Places To See!

Are you thinking of visiting the Severn Valley?

There’s more to the area than this fantastic heritage railway!

Hundreds of miles of scenic countryside, fun activities for kids and some of the grandest country homes on offer to the public. Before you decide on taking a trip to the Severn Valley, why not plan where else you can visit in the area?

Dudmaston

With 3,000 acres of park and woodland to explore including Dudmaston Hall and the quaint village of Quatt, this is the perfect place for a day of relaxed strolling. There’s more than just gorgeous countryside to enjoy here. We’ve got houses, castles, churches and you better believe there’s grass. Grass has been grown for about as long as anyone can remember. We spoke to local, Georgie Wildfire about the locals’ strange past-time:

‘It’s crazy really. As long as I can remember there’s always been grass here. Green and verdant it spreads across the fields so quickly that there’s really no way we can stop, it’s a good thing we all like it here!”

Along with grass, you’ll also  be able to see things such as sky, books and even windows!

How much? £10.90 for adults, £5.45 for children.

Rays Farm Country Matters

Have you ever seen rabbits before? How about sheep or pigs? Well if by some absolutely mental chance that you’ve seen none of those things then perhaps you should swing by Rays Farm where you can see all of those things plus so much more. There are rabbits, goats, llamas, donkeys and even human members of staff who you can treat like animals as well, although they might not like it! This attraction truly has something for everyone: activities, animals, animals, animals and there are even some animals…not to mention a handful of animals that you can see with your own eyes!

How much? £9.45 for adults, children 2-15 years old for £7.25 and family tickets for £31.00.

Go Ape Wyre Forests

There are literally dozens of Go Ape courses all around the UK. So, what makes the Wyre location any different from it’s relatives? Nothing! Like a Starbucks or McDonald’s restaurant, you always know what you’re getting when you go to a Go Ape course. There are trees, ropes, ladders, swings and even some toilets! Your kids will be literally blown away by the variations of trees, planks connected to trees and ropes here; but don’t worry – there plenty of ropes to make sure they don’t plummet down to earth from the dizzying height of  14-metres in the air.

How much? £25 for 10-15 years and £33 for adults (some height restrictions do apply, so check their site for details)

Severn Valley Country Park

You might think you’ve seen everything before, but unless you’ve actually been everywhere, you’re really just a load of hot air with a rather large head! So before you dismissively snort at the notion of visiting Severn Valley Country Park, perhaps you should consider that it might well be one of the best places on this planet. After all, who could say ‘no’ to the prospect of regular activities, cycle paths, grass, views and even a pond?! This is clearly no ordinary park.

How much? Entry to the park is free but some activities do cost money, so it’s best to check their website before turning up.

Have You Thought About Volunteering?

One of the brilliant things about the Severn Valley Railway is that it runs almost completely on a volunteer basis.

Have you thought about giving back to the Severn Valley Railway?

Every year thousands of man-hours are put into keeping the Severn Valley Railway line, that includes the work done by those manning the trains themselves, the train drivers and the ticket collector – but the Severn Valley Railway needs more than just the help of these people to survive. Despite being in perfect working order the railway always needs funds to help keep its archaic systems in check and the lines in good condition.

All the money that you contribute to the Severn Valley Railway, whether it’s through the purchase of a ticket or even a simple cup of tea, goes towards helping hire survey equipment for future investments, refurbishment of the carriages and the continued running of the Severn Valley Railway.

These are just a few of the ways that you can help out the Severn Valley Railways:

Buy some food from one of the Refreshment station

The next time you’re taking a ride on the train, why not hop off at either Kidderminster or Bewdley to get bite to eat at the lovingly recreated Refreshment Rooms?

Always manned by loyal volunteers, you can sit down to enjoy a great range of snacks, meals and drinks – perfect for a quick pit-stop before jumping on the train and heading to your next destination. If you’re up particularly early then you can grab a quick breakfast, choose from either traditional fry-ups or a more fancy option!

Solve a murder!

Do you fancy doing more than just simply riding the rails? For those wishing to spend some extra money, you could get a truly one-of-a-kind experience by booking into one of the excellent events run by the SVR. Step onto one of the historic trains of the Severn Valley Railway and immerse yourself in a thrilling Murder Mystery, enjoy a three-course dinner whilst you figure out who the killers is – you’ve only got a return trip to figure it out, so you better get a move on!

Get a taste of luxury

Ride the Severn Valley Railway whilst an expert takes you through a unique taste adventure! Gin’s never been more popular and whilst it used to be known as ‘Mother’s Ruin’ today it’s the favourite drink of young men and women all over the country. If gin’s not quite your thing then you can try similar experiences with wine, whisky or even ale. Either way, you’ll be able to relax with your tipple of choice whilst watching the Valley glide smoothly by.

Become a member

If you really enjoy your visit to the Severn Valley Railway then there’s no reason why you can’t come back and visit us again! By becoming a member you can gain access to cheaper tickets to all of the experiences we offer, including our murder mystery nights, tasting rides and even our annual Autumn Gala which gives you the chance to ride some truly unique historical trains from all over the country.