Newest Review: ... carriages might add to the enjoyment. The "special deals" on wine and beer in the so-called buffet just about sums it up - drunks... more
Member Name: dialogist
East Coast on a Friday night, in fact pretty much any time, is the place to be, if you want to party party with lots of other drunken passengers. In which case the overflowing non-working toilets and filthy, ancient carriages might add to the enjoyment. The "special deals" on wine and beer in the so-called buffet just about sums it up - drunks and bums welcome, everyone else just has to put up with it. If you want to sit quietly and enjoy the view, forget it.
The company makes a big thing out of the "free" meal in first class. But you can get a free meal in standard class too, unfortunately it belonged to a previous passenger and is all over the floor. Probably the passenger is all over the floor too. I find it more comfortable to sit in the space between carriages, because even the so-called "quiet" carriage is more like a dive bar than a form of public transport. And the only "quiet" rule is to turn mobile phones to silent - shouting from one end of the carriage to the other or talking loudly into a mobile is allowed and, it seems, encouraged.
All in all a very unpleasant experience. Not recommended.
Summary: Only if you have to