Bake Off judge slams Scots train service as she reveals she was left seriously injured after accident

A JUDGE on hit Channel 4 show The Great British Bake Off has revealed she endured a horror journey on a Scots train service.

Prue Leith, 83, has told how she endured a sleepless night while on the overnight loco to Edinburgh after a booking mix-up.

Prue Leith and husband John Playfair


Prue Leith and husband John PlayfairCredit: Getty – Contributor
Inside the Caledonian Sleeper train


Inside the Caledonian Sleeper trainCredit: Caledonian Sleeper
She slammed the service after she ended up seriously injured from an accident


She slammed the service after she ended up seriously injured from an accidentCredit: Alamy

She had been looking forward to a comfy night in a plush train cabin with husband John Playfair — before learning booking a “double” meant sleeping in twin bunks rather than a bed for two.

The TV foodie later fell in her heels as she scaled the bunk ladder. Then after the couple opted to squeeze into bed together, John ended up on the floor.

And I’ll Try Anything Once author Prue’s nightmare was completed by a ”miserable” meal of yoghurt and granola.

The pair only realised the room blunder on arriving at London Euston station. 

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Prue explained: “It turned out not to be a double bed, or even twins, but two super-narrow bunks, one above the other.

“We protested. The steward explained, ‘This is a common misunderstanding.  People think ‘double’ means double bed, but it means two beds.’”

Neither Prue, with a “dodgy ankle”, nor John, recovering from a knee op, fancied spending hours in a bunk.

But they had no choice but to go ahead with the trip as Prue was needed the next morning at Queen Margaret University, where she is chancellor.

Eventually, Prue opted to go on top. Climbing up was tricky but on descending later she was left on a heap, explaining: “I tried to come down with my back to the bunks.

“But my heels slipped off the ladder and I fell the few feet to the floor, fortunately half-caught by John.”

She had more luck later when getting up to go to the loo, hoisting herself down via the wash basin.

Retired fashion designer John then suggested they tuck up “like teenagers” head to toe, which ended with him on the floor.

Then a “disappointing” breakfast capped the trip.

Prue moaned: “It was dire. The dining car is soulless, the fare miserable. My yoghurt and granola came in a sealed carton with a disposable spoon.”

Writing in The Oldie magazine, the restaurateur fumed: “The modern Caledonian Sleeper, from London to Scotland, is a crashing disappointment. A fare of £390 for two is a lot to pay to get no sleep.”

The sleeper service was given a £150million relaunch in 2019. But things have been rocky for the cross-country trains, despite the massive bill.

In the same year as the relaunch, a Sleeper train had to come to an emergency stop when it lost brake control and overshot the platform at Edinburgh.

An investigation was launched after a train manager was forced to press an emergency button in one of the coaches.

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Last July, a passenger boarded a train in Glasgow before snoozing through the night without being told the service had been cancelled due to a heatwave.

The Caledonian Sleeper has been approached for comment.

The £150m Caledonian Sleeper trains offer en-suite double rooms


The £150m Caledonian Sleeper trains offer en-suite double roomsCredit: Caledonian Sleeper
Caledonian Sleeper bunk beds


Caledonian Sleeper bunk bedsCredit: Caledonian Sleeper
Noel Fielding, Matt Lucas, Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith


Noel Fielding, Matt Lucas, Paul Hollywood and Prue LeithCredit: Channel 4 / Love Productions

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Emma James

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