Railway enthusiasts and foodies alike will love this unique eatery and hotel in Shipton. Founded in 1985 by an ex-railwayman with a passion for all things train-related, The Sidings has been cleverly constructed around five original Pullman-style carriages, which house part of the restaurant and several cosy guest rooms, filled with charming vintage memorabilia from a bygone era of train travel.
Many of the tables overlook the main line, so diners can watch 21st-century trains whizzing by while enjoying first-rate Mediterranean cuisine. We did just that, and began with a chunky homemade fishcake and a richly flavoured loukaniko – a type of Greek sausage – both of which came with salad and balsamic. First-class mains followed: tender pork fillet with white wine, ouzo and figs, finished with cream and served with seasonal veg, and kleftico, a joint of succulent on-the-bone lamb slow-cooked in oregano, red wine, cinnamon and garlic, and served with mash and vegetables. I just had to try the classic banana split for dessert, while my companion eagerly devoured moreish chocolate pancakes with ice cream.
We’ll definitely be back for the renowned monthly Greek nights featuring authentic food and entertainment. The Sidings offers the ultimate dining and sleeping experience for train fans looking to enjoy a glimpse of railway hospitality as it was in its heyday.