Effective yesterday train operator LNER has brought back its hot food catering.

It means first class passengers will see the return of a hot breakfast (served until 1000) with sandwiches, crisps, biscuits, snacks, hot and cold drinks and so on served until 2200.

Catering is complimentary for first class passengers.

However some readers will realise that the catering offer in first class is not exactly the same as it was pre-lockdown.

In particular there is no hot course, at the present time, offered for lunch or dinner.

As David Horne, LNER’s managing director notes, “It is not quite we had prior to lockdown, but it is a bit of normal.”

Standard class passengers can buy hot sandwiches and ‘meal deals’ from the Café Bar.

Provision of onboard catering is important for government-managed LNER because it operates some of the longest routes in the UK and it is popular with corporate users.

Adds LNER’s customer experience director Claire Ansley, “We’re delighted to be able to offer a selection of hot food to our customers once again as we further enhance our catering following its temporary suspension during lockdown.”