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“A Fantastic Evening”

The Mid Hants Railway Watercress Line
Ranked #1 of 20 things to do in Alton
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Owner description: The Mid Hants Railway, also known as the Watercress Line, operates steam and heritage diesel trains between the picturesque market towns of Alton and Alresford in Hampshire, south west of London. As well as standard travel this preserved railway runs popular special events throughout the year along with Countryman and Watercress Belle dining trains and the Real Ale Train.
Reviewed October 6, 2013

We went on the Murder Mystery evening on the railway. What a great evening we had.
The whole experience was great, and the actors were superb. We really had a great time.
The meal was well cooked, and served, and we really enjoyed it.
We will definitely come back to another one of these events.

Thank Glynis C
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Reviewed September 26, 2013

I did this trip with my husband's friend as he is a railway enthusiast. It was a great trip, we did Alton to Alresford and did not get off. You could and should spend all day on this attraction and you can take you dog for £1 - a Rover ticket! Please cut down some of the vegetation en route so the view is more visible. Fabulous selection of engines.

1  Thank Loveshorseriding
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Reviewed September 21, 2013

The trip this evening was very enjoyable, as I spent it with my other half and I love steam trains. It was Dark Star and Itchen breweries on tonight, with a few interesting ales.

I had to mark you down though as when we arrived the guard on the platform at Alton made a comment about how he hoped there would be enough ale as the train had been running during the day, which upon looking up later, it turns out there was a Members' Open Day today, 21st September.
By the end of the R.A.T Train's running time, there were only two ales left and you had run out of cider within the first half hour or so.

I also feel that foodwise you should offer more for vegetarians, as only one dish isn't great variety and if you sold out would not be very good. What about having sandwiches and pasties on board?

As I said before, it was an enjoyable evening but please don't let the ale/ cider run short due to earlier events, it's the whole reason for people booking on the train!

Thank Melissa A
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Watercress_Line, Public Relations Manager at The Mid Hants Railway Watercress Line, responded to this reviewResponded September 24, 2013

Thank you for your comments, we are delighted you enjoyed the RAT! With around 24 real ale trains running every year we find the volume consumed is very consistent; as the special event was running on that day we did indeed order extra ale and had 3 barrels left at the end of the night. Unfortunately any barrels left over have to be discarded as it does not keep. As well as our full bar of wines and spirits we have started carrying barrels of cider on the RAT for non-ale drinkers and unfortunately on this occasion it did run out towards the end of the evening. Our one vegetarian option on the RAT is simply down to lack of demand, should it change we will of course provide more.

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Reviewed September 17, 2013

Imagine, if you will, a Venn diagram showing everything that is awesome. One circle represents Real Ale. Another represents Steam Trains. The overlap between these two is small, but exploration is worthwhile, for here you will find the Real Ale Train. A singular nexus of all that is good in the world, the Real Ale Train combines pints of delicious cask-conditioned beer with the delights of thundering through the Hampshire countryside whilst being towed behind a flaming mechanical beast.

Let me impress upon you the sheer might of this experience!

Behold, at the station at Alton, an Iron Monster, hissing steam and radiant with heat. You climb into its belly, with your friends at your side, and there you find the dimly lit and nostalgic interior of old railway carriages. You settle into ancient thrones, well-used and yet more luxurious than anything we have today. The Monster awakes. The smell of steam and coke fills the air as the engineers tend its fires.

As you pull away from the station, the excited chatter of your fellow passengers fills the air. A pioneering friend returns from the beer carriage, with a tray of delicious ale. You all raise a toast, as do the people on the table next to you, and you drink deeply of these local delights.

There is much laughter and wonderment! The clatter of the train and the smell of smoke evokes an atmosphere like Christmas day; the low lights and intimate tables feel like the best booth at a wonderful old pub; the noise and the cheer of your companions is akin to a beer festival!

Simply put, it's one of the greatest nights out ever to be woven from the golden threads of human dreams.

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Reviewed September 17, 2013

This is a lovely place to visit and has a very picturesque line to travel on. The little town of Alresford at the end of the line is well worth a trip. Whilst there have a drink in the very historic Bell Inn.

1  Thank MerseysideMargo
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