First Class

Complimentary food and drink

A taste of home with our compliments

It’s important to us that you feel perfectly at home when you travel with East Coast. That’s why, in First Class, you can enjoy complimentary food and drink served to you in your comfy seat, a free newspaper and free Wi-Fi too. One of our friendly crew members will be on hand to take your order, but if you have any other questions at all, please ask – we’ll be delighted to help.

Refreshing drinks, on the house
We’ll ensure you remain refreshed with hot and cold drinks served along the way. Complimentary alcoholic drinks from a selection of fine wines, beers and spirits are served to our First Class customers aged over 18 on weekday services from lunchtime.

Choice you’ll love, bursting with flavour
Because we want to offer you variety when you travel with us, our menus change throughout the day and rotate weekly. From our Great British Breakfast and British chicken breast with South American style spicy Chimichurri sauce dish on our all-day menu to sea trout served with celeriac remoulade, potato gratin and broccoli in the evening, there’s always something delicious to discover, whatever time of day your journey.

Relax with Afternoon Tea
Our selection of traditional ‘high tea’ favourites – including sandwiches, hand cooked crisps and cakes – will make sure you still feel at home in the afternoon when we’re not serving our hot menu.

Evening Meal
On selected services travelling northbound on weekdays and trains from London, you’re in for a treat in the evening. Start with a delicious hot dish and finish with a tempting dessert or award-winning cheese and crackers, accompanied by our extensive range of hot and cold drinks, including our award-winning wine selection.

Weekend Offer
We offer something a little different at weekends. Start the morning with our light breakfast, then choose from sandwiches, hand cooked crisps and cakes, served with a selection of teas, coffees and and soft drinks at your seat for the rest of the day.

Please note, we aim to deliver our complimentary offer on all journeys. However we may substitute some items on the menu at our discretion. Items are offered subject to availability. On shorter journeys (of 70 minutes or less) we will endeavour to provide complimentary drinks and snacks and a reduced menu is offered at weekends and bank holidays.

Where to find our new complimentary food

You can download a timetable of where our First Class complimentary food service is available. The shaded areas show which trains have the service. Take a look at the menu rotation details here.

Menus explained...

Crew members will provide you with one of our menus. These will change depending on the time of day you travel.

Breakfast 
Start your day with a tempting choice of cooked breakfasts, including a vegetarian option, or take your pick from our morning favourites.

Mid-morning
Later in the morning we offer lighter options, such as warm Bircher pancakes served with caramelised apples and vanilla yoghurt or porridge served with sliced banana, honey or preserve.

All-day
Our all-day menu includes tasty sandwiches, delicious meals such as British chicken breast served with South American style spicy Chimichurri sauce and vegetarian options

Afternoon tea 
Sit back, relax and enjoy a traditional afternoon tea of delicious sandwiches and irresistible cakes.

Evening meal 
After drinks you can choose from a range of tempting dishes, including British chicken breast served with tarragon sauce, French beans and potato and vegetable gratin. Your drinks are on the house. We have a variety of drinks available to complement your food, from award-winning wines to ales and lagers, soft drinks and speciality teas.

Weekend offer 
We start the day with a tasty continental breakfast, then offer a selection of sandwiches and sweet treats.

Journeys under 70 minutes 
On our shorter journeys you can expect complimentary drinks and snacks.

Journeys of 70 minutes or more 
On longer journeys you can enjoy our full complimentary offer. During busy periods, we may have to substitute or change some items on the menu at our discretion.

Say “cheese!”

Our award-winning cheese, combined with our expertly chosen wines, the perfect end
to your day.

Here are just a few of the awards won:
Harrogate Blue - awarded the Bronze for Modern Blue in 2013 British Cheese Awards.
Bells Bluemin White - awarded three stars at the Great Taste Awards 2013.
Tunworth - awarded Supreme Champion at the British Cheese Awards in 2013 & 2006.
Thomas Hoe - awarded Silver in the British Cheese Awards for Traditional Red Leicester.

Meat eater or veggie...we’ve got it covered!

We know that all our customers are different and dietary needs vary, so on each menu rotation we have included a gluten free option, or one that can be prepared as gluten free (Monday to Friday only). Please just ask a member of our on-board crew for further information.

The inspiration behind our menus

The concept behind our food comes from our desire to create local, comforting, home cooked dishes with a twist.

Before devising our new menu, we drew inspiration from a wealth of research. Getting to know our customers and listening to what they tell us helps us to get it right. We also considered the latest food trends and visited food shows to see what’s new: from street food to healthy eating, from Brazil’s growing influence and local, seasonal flavours, it’s all in our new Summer menu.

So as you can see, a lot of hard work goes on behind the scenes to ensure that the food we offer you in First Class is both innovative and to your taste.

Great flavours from along our route
Our passion for uncompromising flavour goes hand-in-hand with our love of local ingredients. Wherever possible we source our food from suppliers who are local to the East Coast route, with the emphasis on great quality.

From brilliant bangers made by Taste Tradition to award-winning wines and cheese, travel with us and you can experience some of our delicious flavours along the way.

Don’t forget, we’d love to see the dishes you’ve enjoyed on your East Coast First Class journey. Tweet a photo of your favourite dish to @eastcoastuk with #eastcoastfavourites for your chance to be a judge in the next Chef of the Year competition!

Nothing but the best for our customers

We serve only the best quality products on board our trains, keeping all the ingredients we use as local as possible to our route. East Coast are known for their much-loved Great British breakfast and tasty bacon butty, so we have teamed up with an award winning farmer and wholesale butchers in Thirsk, just a few miles north of York.

“Sausages with distinction! Using only the best Taste Tradition pork shoulder and belly, our sausages are handmade, hand linked and we only use natural sausage skins. Our butchers blend the minced pork with locally grown Yorkshire herbs, spices and a few breadcrumbs to bind it all together.

We try to keep all the ingredients we use into our sausages as local as possible. The emphasis is on Yorkshire produce. The pork is from our own farm where possible, any other pork is from neighbouring farmers, all the pork is from Yorkshire.”

Taste Tradition Ltd
Taste Tradition Ltd are specialists in rare breed meats, they’ve also won quite a few awards, check out their impressive awards list on their website: tastetradition.co.uk

Please note, we aim to deliver our complimentary offer on all journeys. However we may substitute some items on the menu at our discretion. Items are offered subject to availability. On shorter journeys (of 70 minutes or less) we will endeavour to provide complimentary drinks and snacks.