The Munchtime Express on the Looe valley Line

The Munchtime ExpressLooe is to host the UK’s Longest Buffet this November which will run for 8.75 miles! I’ve been reliably informed that you’ll be able to enjoy some of the best Cornish food served by three of Looe’s award winning restaurants, Squid InkBarclay House and Trawlers on the Quay right on the train. Yum, Yum…

Before you get your hiking boots on though, the event has been combined with the 150th anniversary celebrations of the Looe Valley Line – one of the most picturesque valleys in the UK.

Update: The Munchtime Express is now a hugely successful annual event and booking is essential. Please check out the organisers website for more information: Munchtime Express on the Looe Valley Line.

The UK’s Longest Buffet will take place on the Looe to Liskeard lunchtime railway service on four consecutive Tuesdays during this November. Click the image below for more details or read on.

Munchtime Express

The restaurants

Squid Ink, Barclay House and Trawlers on the Quay have all bagged awards as part of Taste of the West, previously beating such entrants as Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen and many other outstanding establishments throughout the county. Looe is officially on the UK culinary map!

Squid Ink is a 28 cover restaurant situated in the heart of East Looe helmed by chef/owner Sarah Hall.

Housed within a character filled period building, the interior is a fusion of contemporary and antique, offering an eclectic blend of old and new that is both comfortable and elegant. Squid Ink’s menu offers innovative fish and seafood dishes, where possible, locally sourced of course, and a choice selection of alternatives, all of which undergo Sarah’s creative flair and gives Squid Ink a unique style.

Barclay House is an elegant Victorian villa dating back to 1890 and is now an eleven bedroom hotel boasting a two AA rosette restaurant. The daily changing menus promote the very best Cornish produce using the finest local ingredients including fresh “day boat” fish from the trawlers of Looe, Cornish cheeses and Camel Valley wine allowing head chef, Benjamin Palmer, to create a range of local, seasonally inspired dishes.

Trawlers on the Quay offers smart, casual dining and is, quite simply, one of the best seafood restaurants in Cornwall. Recently acquired by the Barclay House family, this light, bright, unpretentious restaurant overlooking the quay in the heart of East Looe, delivers on atmosphere, service and food every time. Newly installed chef, Jono Hancock, has also recently secured his first award for the restaurant.


The UK’s Longest Buffet is open to the public on four consecutive Tuesday lunchtimes during November. The first date, the 2nd, is mainly aimed at the media.

9th – Squid Ink

16th – Trawlers on the Quay

23rd – Barclay House


The train times are; departs Looe train station at 12.46 arrives Liskeard at 13.16, departs Liskeard 13.19 and arrives back in Looe at 13.50.

There is parking available at the station and the nearby public car park.

This is a normal service and so anyone wanting to enjoy this fantastic event just needs to turn up on the day. The train fare will be the standard price of £3.50 Off Peak Day Return or four people can travel for the price of two, ie. £7.00, however the wonderful buffet is completely free!

The food

Over the month of November, passengers will be enjoying such wonderful tasty treats as locally caught scallops and king prawns set in squid ink jelly with black sesame crackers, lemon crème fraiche and caviar, the delicious seafood dish, Cataplana, Cornish Orchard apple & Calvados jelly with ginger cream and ginger and dark chocolate hazelnut biscotti and Vanilla Panacotta with spiced blackberries and honeycomb. What a way to travel!

Who’s behind it?

The UKs longest buffet is being run in partnership with First Great Western and the Devon & Cornwall Rail Partnership. The idea was conceived by the Looe Chamber of Commerce.

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