This weekend found us on the 08:30 Virgin East Coast from London to Newcastle for a weekend of birthday celebrations with the other half’s family. It’s been a while since I’ve made a long distance train journey and was very pleasantly surprised!

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As we were travelling with precious pooch we opted for 1st class; roomy comfortable seats, free WiFi, entertainment and power sockets to charge up our phones and tablets make all the difference to a 3 hour journey.

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On  board catering has come a long way too… Virgin have teamed up with James Martin (him off the tele) to create a range of new menus…

After a selection from the Bakery Basket Ian opted for the Breakfast Roll, crammed with rarebreed Yorkshire back bacon while I opted for the Great British Breakfast, succulent sausage served with a rasher of that delicious bacon, grilled tomato and flat mushroom complimented by the creamiest black pudding and topped off with a perfectly cooked egg.

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The freshly brewed coffee was freeflowing and fairtrade tea was also available. The menu is very aptly named ‘A Tasty Journey’ and it was simply first class – hats off to Virgin!