London and South Western Railway Dining Car Menu, 1906
The London and South Western Railway Company served the south and west of England from 1838 to 1922. They were one of the great pioneers of Britain's rail network and were responsible for the rebuilding of Waterloo and its becoming one of the great stations of the world.
Their trains offered all three classes of passenger Breakfast, Luncheon and Dining Car carriages which served Table d'Hôte meals at set times during the day and evening.
This two shillings and sixpence (12 1/2 pence in decimal) luncheon menu from October 1906 would have cost the 2010 (only data available) equivalent of £10.50 using the retail price index or £42.20 using average earnings. So not inexpensive whichever measure you use.
On offer for this luncheon was Longchamp Soup (pea and ham), Sole in white wine or Roast Beef both served with cabbage and potatoes and to finish you off Bread and Butter Pudding, Cheese and if you still had room you could, for 3p extra, also have fruit.
Courtesy Private Collection.
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