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TransPennine Express cooks up a storm with new on-board catering menu

Train operator TransPennine Express (TPE) is leading a food revolution on many of its services with hot food available in First Class for the first time.

Customers travelling on many of TPE’s Nova trains in the morning can now tuck into hot bacon and sausage ciabatta sandwiches, delicious sausage rolls and steaming hot porridge whilst they journey in comfort to some of the North’s and Scotland’s best destinations.

And for late afternoon and evening travellers there’s curry in a naan, a poppadom dip box, sausage rolls, nuts and sweet treats. Evening services also include alcoholic drinks, including Manchester-based Northern Monk’s Faith Hazy Pale Ale, a selection of delicious wines, as well as tasty tipples from Edinburgh Gin.

But it’s not just First Class customers who will benefit from TPE’s culinary conversion. A revamped menu is also available onboard many Class 185 trains and in standard class on the Nova fleet. To give customers the best possible choice, TPE has worked with suppliers from local communities across the North and into Scotland to offer a range of sandwiches, snacks and drinks that are synonymous with, or have close links to, towns and cities across the network.

Emma Teale, Head of Customer Insights and Improvements at TPE said:

“We’re delighted to introduce our new first-class hot food to our Nova services and a revamped menu on our catered routes.

“We’ve added some new and exciting products to give a boost to our menus and we’re excited that many of these products have come from suppliers based in the communities we are proud to serve.”

Emma added:

“Whether our customers are looking for a great start to the morning with a hearty breakfast, or an evening treat with a cheeky drink after a long day, our first and standard class catering has a little bit of something for everyone.”

Hot food is available on Nova 1 and 2 services between Manchester Airport/Liverpool and Edinburgh/Glasgow, Newcastle and Edinburgh, as well as Liverpool Lime Street and Newcastle. The hot food will also be available on limited Nova 3 services operating between Liverpool and Cleethorpes.

For more information on what’s available on-board, along with full menus, visit