Nine-year-old Amelie Bridge was treated to a very special trip down to London recently courtesy of Virgin Trains and Thames Rockets after she wrote to Richard Branson with suggestions for a new First Class menu.
Amelie’s menu, which featured strawberry milkshake, crab surprise, cheese savouries and a fruit salad was brought to life by Virgin Trains’ onboard staff.
“I’ve been really, really excited about the trip. I haven’t stopped talking about it to my friends – all the children at my school know about it,” Amelie said. “I chose this menu because they’re all of my favourite foods. My mum also loves crab. I really loved the food. I found it all very tasty!”
Amelie travelled along with her parents and three friends as guests of Virgin Trains General Manager for the Midlands, Natasha Grice, who said: “We love getting letters like Amelie’s. We know how important food and drink is to our customers, whether they are travelling in First Class or taking advantage of our shop onboard.
“We also like nothing more than a challenge. So it was great to be able to bring Amelie’s menu to life and judging by the reaction, we may have to think about picking her brains for when our next new menu is launched.
“For those customers not fans of crab, french fries, or cheese savouries, our ever popular First Class menu including our scrummy breakfasts, continues to be a big hit along with our improved range of food and drink available from the onboard shop.”
Richard, Amelie’s dad, was full of praise for his daughter’s efforts. “The menu came about when they went on a day trip to Coventry. Amelie loved having a menu onboard and decided she wanted to make her own and send it into Richard Branson,” he added. “I just found the whole experience very special. When the letter arrived recorded delivery, and addressed to Amelie it made it really fun. We’re so grateful for everything they’ve done for Amelie.”