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“A wonderfully quintessential buffet” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Dartmoor Railway Buffet

Dartmoor Railway Buffet
Station Road, Dartmoor National Park, Okehampton, England
44183755164
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Ranked #11 of 45 Restaurants in Okehampton
Cuisines: Coffee Shop
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St Austell, United Kingdom
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13 reviews 13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
“A wonderfully quintessential buffet”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2013

A superb day out led me to this wonderful railway station at Okehampton. Greeted by friendly staff I had a trip on the D.E.M.U to Meldon Viaduct and return then enjoyed lunch in the beautiful cafe at the station. One of the best meals I've had in a long time, not just for quality but also for quantity.

when i decided to visit in December to see how the 'polar express' works, which in the book is famously hauled by a steam locomotive turned out to be hauled by some old diesel engine, and poorly maintained coaches, and quite frankly was overpriced, thank goodness I did not waste my money with a trip on it.

Upon researching, I found that two companies run this railway, the granite line company which runs heritage services (very reasonably priced, knowledgeable staff, and extremely pleasant all round day out) and then the 'rip off merchants' who run the polar express and other tacky things.

It really is a shame, because personally from visiting this railway it has so much potential, but is very under utilised.

All in all mind, a very good day out and superb lunch in the buffet at Okehampton Station. Well done (to that side of the organisation)

  • Visited December 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Warminster, United Kingdom
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“Best Roast Beef”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2013

Okehampton Buffet on the platform at Okehampton Railway Station - run by The Dartmoor Railway Supporters Association. It was a cold wet day and we spotted a sign for Roast Beef Dinner on a blackboard on the platform. We were travelling home from Cornwall to Wiltshire and had stopped for a cup of tea. At only £6.50 we were tempted to try this, it being Sunday! We were so pleased we did. The service was outstanding, in just a couple of minutes we had a steaming plate of food. A huge helping of roast beef accompanied by roast potatoes, swede, carrots, cauliflower cheese, cabbage and gravy. The beef just melted in your mouth, I haven't tasted such delicious roast beef since my Mum cooked it some 15 years ago! It brought back happy family memories! The vegetables were also delicious and the meal left us warm and happy. All this is the more fantastic because it is all done by volunteers. They obviously enjoy themselves and help the Railway supporters club at the same time. Brilliant!

  • Visited September 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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