After a while presents for your family can become near impossible. My Dad has everything, and my Mum wants for nothing, so as an only child, I have to stay on my toes. After 22 years, I'm slowly starting to run out of ideas.To make matters worse, Mother's Day and my Dad's birthday are within a couple of weeks of each other. This year I decided to do a combined present and something we could enjoy as a family.
The East Lancashire Railway is located in Bury and is a fond memory of my childhood. Each Christmas we used to make an annual trip; Christmas shopping in the morning, followed by a ride on the Santa Express, an old-fashion steam engine train complete with a brass band playing Christmas songs, and a visit from the main man himself. It all sounds very Polar Express, but it is honestly magical. My Dad is actually gutted I've grown up.
Anyway, after a little bit of digging, I discovered that the Railway actually do cream teas, afternoon teas, lunches and 3 course meals on selected dates. Whilst both my parents & I were very busy in the first quarter of this year, things have eased off ever so slightly, making now the perfect time to board. We opted for a cream tea on a late spring Sunday. After arriving and being shown our both, all the scones and cakes pre-laded out, we set off on our treat with a difference. When none of us could resist the temptation anymore, we tasted the beautiful offerings, all from Slattery's, the most delicious, traditional local Patissier and Chocolatier.
We travelled to the end of the line at Rottenstall, before turning round and returning back to Bury. I couldn't help feeling like a extra from a murder mystery film, and to my delight the East Lancs actually do do Murder Mystery evenings on the train! Full from all the delicacies placed in front of us, we sat back and watched the countryside roll past. After 2 hours of relaxing and revelling in this experience, it was now dusk and were greeted by dozens of wild rabbits and hares in the fields next to the tracks. The perfect ending to the perfect afternoon.
Where's your favourite place to get an afternoon treat?