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« on: August 12, 2018, 01:26:41 pm »

Glad to share with you my experience onboard the Gerald of Wales. This video will give you a comprehensive review of the service. UK trains with an onboard chef are a rarity. With prices starting at £80 from Holyhead to Cardiff INCLUDING a 3 course dinner this service is extremely good value for money

The "Gerald of Wales" (Y Gerallt Gymro in Welsh) train service by Arriva Trains Wales (ATW)  runs from Holyhead in North Wales to Cardiff Central, South Wales
(with a few incursions into England).
What makes this train service so special is its onboard chef, a rarity now on UK train services. First class passengers can enjoy cooked breakfast during the morning service to Cardiff and a three-course dinner in the evening.
If there were numerous train services offering such onboard dining facilities decades ago (with famous names such as the "Brighton Belle"), this is now a rarity.
The service only operate weekdays and you will find more useful information during the video.
Considering the level of service offered, the Gerald of Wales offers excellent value for money (maybe thanks to a few subsidies from the Welsh government). Booking open 3 months in advance but if you want to catch the cheaper 1st class fares try and book 8 weeks ahead.. you could save £50! I booked my ticket with Arriva Trains Wales - no booking fee (other website I would recommend to book train tickets: Some other websites may charge additional fees)
The Gerald of Wales service is only only referred to by ATW as a "Business Class" (I think the "Geralf of Wales" name was more inspired and suitable: as a royal clerk to the king and two archbishops, Geralf of Wales travelled widely)
In October 2018, operation of this services (with the Wales & Borders franchise) will pass to KeolisAmey Wales.
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