Details: London to Paris. Standard. 2h15m.
Seats: Eurostar’s standard seats are among the best in European rail — spacious, with decent-sized trays and tables and a reasonable amount of room for luggage. My partner and I were traveling with our two-year-old, who fit snugly between us on a double seat. And when my daughter needed to sleep, I was grateful of the extra seats in the communal areas between carriages.
Entertainment: The new Eurostar trains due in service by 2015 promise wi-fi-connectivity and entertainment channels, but until then passengers must content themselves with newspapers and the entertaining Metropolitan magazine.
Food & drink: The snacks provided by Waitrose were generally OK. But if the bacon sandwiches I had on the outward journey were average, the pizza I ordered on the return was very good. However, the general buffet area is a bit dated and in need of a refresh.
Service: All the staff members we dealt with were friendly, although the till behind the buffet counter had broken down, which meant ordering food was a slightly chaotic experience.
Last word: The spacious seating is ideal for families but the incoming entertainment upgrades can’t come soon enough and the buffet carriage needs an update
Words By: Glen Mutel
Published in the Winter Spring 2014 issue of ASTAnetwork