BRITAIN'S most luxurious train will set off from Swindon next month while passengers enjoy a seven course Sunday lunch.

The seven 1930s-style Pullman carriages and vintage locomotive that forms the Northern Belle will take a relaxed four-hour journey through the Wiltshire countryside while diners enjoy a recreation of the golden days of travel. Strolling musicians will entertain guests and top chef Matthew Green will prepare a traditional menu with a modern twist, with food served off fine china and wines in sparkling goblets.

Northern Belle managing director Jeanette Snape said: "Travelling on the Northern Belle transports you back to the time when the journey was as important as the destination. Nothing is too good for our pampered passengers.”

The Pullman carriages, each bearing the name of a British castle or stately home, have been lovingly restored with marquetry, murals, mosaics and embroidery. The Great British Sunday Lunch train leaves Swindon at 1pm on May 26 and calls at Bath Spa and Bristol Temple Meads before returning at 5.50pm. A classic afternoon tea is available for passengers who don't want a big lunch. Fares start at £205. or phone 01270 899681.