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Best local foods served on Looe Valley train line in month-long promotion

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: November 07, 2013

Diners on the Looe Valley Line enjoy lunch from The Old Sail Loft, Looe, served by Chef Adam Tyndale-Powell Picture: Sean Hernon

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Passengers travelling a scenic Cornish railway line have been sampling food from some of the area's top restaurants.

A month-long promotion will see some of the most talked about restaurants in Looe provide free samples to customers travelling the Looe Valley Line.

The award winning "munch-time express", which returned on Tuesday, is aimed at promoting the local restaurant industry.

This month The Old Sail Loft; Barclay House; Ocean & Earth Thai Restaurant; The Blue Plate Downderry in Looe and the Plough at Duloe will all be taking part.

Rebecca Catterall from the Devon and Cornwall Rail Partnership who helped organise the event said: "There are many excellent restaurants in and around the Looe Valley and this event is a great opportunity to sample some of their food whilst enjoying a trip on the Looe Valley Line."

First Great Western, which operates the line, runs the UK's only on-train fine dining restaurant. General Manager David Crome said the initiative follows in the same vein.

He said: "First Great Western is committed to supporting the communities we serve and, surrounded by some of the best ingredients in the World, we are happy to announce the return of the munchtime express.

"Following the ethos of our Pullman Dining, what better way to keep people moving than to let them do so while discovering some of the hidden food gems in their area, with produce cooked and presented by our own local restaurateurs."

It is the fourth year the Devon and Cornwall Rail Partnership has run the scheme, which in 2010 was named best marketing event at the Community Rail Awards.

The train leaves at 12.47 from Looe station every Tuesday until December 3, returning at 1.50pm.

For more information or to book a place on the train call 01752584777.

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