A taste of Wonderland on the steam railway

Alice in Wonderland Laura-Beth May Coates and the Mad hatter Emily Sue Coates enjoy a cup of Mad Hatter's tea on the platform at Grosmont Station''w110803   Picture: Ceri Oakes
Alice in Wonderland Laura-Beth May Coates and the Mad hatter Emily Sue Coates enjoy a cup of Mad Hatter's tea on the platform at Grosmont Station''w110803 Picture: Ceri Oakes

GROSMONT became Wonderland this Monday (21 February) as the Mad Hatter’s tea party climbed aboard the North Yorkshire Moors Railway.

The event was organised to celebrate a new partnership between NYMR and Matter Hatter Tea, who will be the sole suppliers of tea served on the railway this summer.

The Mad Hatter Tea Company, who also supply Grand Central Railways, chose the NYMR due to the strong links Whitby has with Alice in Wonderland author Lewis Carroll.

Carroll was a regular visitor to Whitby and it is believed he derived the inspiration for his poem The Walrus and Carpenter while strolling along Whitby beach.

The NYMR is the world’s most popular heritage steam railway and it is estimated that 100,000 cups of tea are consumed on the line each year.