A Taste of Thailand along the Penistone Line

Guests in colourful Thai dresses with Thurlstone Brass Band.

Penistone Line Community Rail Partnership (CRP) have hosted a cultural evening of food and music as part of their summer music train programme.

The food-tasting and music event was hosted in conjunction with Boonsap Marlow Tum, landlady of The Royal Oak in Sheffield, as well as the Thurlstone Brass Band.

Those attending from Sheffield and Huddersfield were encouraged to travel on the Penistone Line train. Guests alighted at Meadowhall and followed the band as they played along the first mile of the Trans Pennine Trail, until arriving at The Royal Oak.

At The Royal Oak, guests were able to sample taster pots of Thai food from Boonsap Marlow Tum’s street food van and listen to Thai music inside the pub. Outside, Thurlstone Brass band kept the attendees entertained with a range of upbeat tunes.

Tum originally set up her street food van in The Royal Oak car park during the pandemic as a take-away service to keep the pub going until hospitality could re-open. The food truck is now a permanent fixture, with a new menu available to eat inside the pub or take home.

Glyn Scothern, Director of the Penistone Line Partnership, said: “This was a fantastic opportunity for us to engage with communities along the line, bringing diverse cultures together between West and South Yorkshire, and to support local businesses. Thanks to everyone involved, and those who attended.”

The Penistone Line Partnership’s summer programme will be continuing on 8 August, where those interested and near the line are encouraged to catch the train and meet new people for a jam session and open mic night near Meadowhall. Full band setup can be used, and resident jammers will also play. There’s even a free buffet! Full details can be found here.

The Partnership’s last music train event of the season, ‘Fishing for Compliments’, will be on 5 September, with an acoustic session on the train between Huddersfield and Silkstone Common, followed by a live performance in the Station Inn where people can listen ‘plugged in’.

See their Events Diary for further details of all events.