Club Europe catering guide

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Club Europe Catering Guide 2017.

This thread outlines the new arrangements for Club Europe catering, introduced on Sunday 26 March 2017 and due to end on Tuesday 11 September 2018, based on 3 zones. A new Club Europe catering product is due to be launch on Wednesday 12 September 2018, and this is based on 4 bands. The main information piece - in terms of timings and the distance zones for the meals can be found in post 1. The following cross references the photos below against the matrix of options. In addition to the photos, some FTers have written extensively on their experiences so there is more to this thread than the pictures. Also note that there was an increase in food offered on some combinations shortly after the start-up, so the more recent photos may be the best place to start.The previous shorthaul catering guide, now locked but which had the previous 4 band system, is to be found here.

Numbers relate to the post number. Vegetarian means the alternative option provided as standard rather than the pre-ordered versions - which are VLML (Lacto-ovo), AVML (Asia) and VGML (Vegan) . There are differences between the offering in/out of LHR, LGW, LCY+STN. Last update: 833
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Note posts before 1-832 are typically the April 2017 menu. 833 and above is from the menu for May 2017.
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Chef's Chat sheets for:
CE LHR Summer 2017 - Rotation A
http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/28338151-post954.html
http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/28339641-post958.html

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Short Band (UK, France, Ireland, BeNeLux, Germany)
Breakfast: 279, 570 (vegetarian), 629, 674, 821 (Express breakfast for MAN and LBA), 1343 (Vegan), 2285 (Express for LBA and MAN), 2445

Brunch: 180, 289, 469, 563, 685, 716, 2625 (AVML)

Lunch: 207, 545 (diabetic), 644 (first photo), 680 (VLML), 802, 928, 1322 (Kosher), 2284


Afternoon tea: 339, 404 (vegetarian), 480, 600 (VLML), 710 (including low lactose), 800, 882 (gluten free), 1281, 1322 (Kosher), 1673, 2679 (Kosher), 2792


Dinner: 563, 630 (VGML), 669 (Kosher Passover), 771 (VGML LCY) 799, 819 (AVML), 833 (May 2017 menu), 1283, 1287, 1674, 2446, 2616 (Kosher), 2793


Comments on difference between AVML and VLML here.
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Medium Band (e.g. Madrid, Nice, Prague, Copenhagen)
Breakfast: 645 (vegetarian), 724 (vegetarian), 1003

Brunch: 199 (VLML), 600 (VLML), 659 (Kosher Passover)

Lunch: 239 (child), 251, 425, 641, 733

Afternoon tea: 332 (also includes vegetarian), 426 (GFML), 813 (Muslim)

Dinner: 456, 551 (also includes VLML), 666, 1004,
1278
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Long Band (e.g. Lisbon, Rome, Warsaw, Stockholm).

Breakfast: 195 (vegetarian)

Rest of the day: 306 (LFML), 345, 427, 443, 468, 597, 676, 687, 695, 783 (VLML)
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NOT MAINTAINED AND OUT OF DATE: The complete Short Haul meal structure for the longer flights as of October 2017 is:

LHR
Meal 1: Chicken / red pepper risotto
Meal 2: Beef cheek
Meal 3: Chicken supreme / gnocchi
Meal 4: Miso glazed cod
Meal 5: Chicken khao soi
Meal 6: Hot smoked salmon linguine

LGW
Meal 1: Thyme roasted chicken
Meal 2: Spicy corn and paneer masala
Meal 3: Thai Penang chicken curry
Meal 4: Roasted red pepper tortellini
Meal 5: Beef and mushroom caserole
Meal 6: Tomato and four cheeses tortellini


Structured into:

Rotation A
LHR outbound
Meal 3
Meal 4
inbound to LHR
Meal 5
Meal 6


Rotation B
LHR outbound
Meal 5
Meal 6
inbound to LHR
Meal 1
Meal 2


Rotation C
LHR outbound
Meal 1
Meal 2
inbound to LHR
Meal 3
Meal 4
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October 2017 = Rotation C
November 2017 = Rotation A
December 2017 = Rotation B
January 2018 = Rotation C
etc
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Old Jun 6, 17, 5:34 am
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I think it is designed to use the fork and knife for your starter and main, the other knife then for your cheese and biscuits after your desert, AY just had one fork knife and teaspoon, ended up stirring my tea with the handle so as to not get a chocolate tea.

Having flown BA LHR-HEL and AY HEL-LHR (319 not the 350), BA definitely had the better catering on the route, my meal was delicious and the staggered service meaning the main is still hot is most welcome in comparison to AY (who had a rubbish starter and not a great desert either although thankfully their main tasted better than it looked).
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Old Jun 6, 17, 5:40 am
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Originally Posted by navylad View Post
I think it is designed to use the fork and knife for your starter and main, the other knife then for your cheese and biscuits after your desert, AY just had one fork knife and teaspoon, ended up stirring my tea with the handle so as to not get a chocolate tea.

Having flown BA LHR-HEL and AY HEL-LHR (319 not the 350), BA definitely had the better catering on the route, my meal was delicious and the staggered service meaning the main is still hot is most welcome in comparison to AY (who had a rubbish starter and not a great desert either although thankfully their main tasted better than it looked).
I have to agree (It was the other way round though a couple of months back when I got the underwhelming 'brunch' offering on BA's 11h10 departure from LHR to HEL.). AY's catering has deteriorated in the last couple of months and with the new long BA catering, BA is better (although I didn't like everything on it and the lack of variation).

So, compared to AY I prefer BA.
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Old Jun 7, 17, 4:09 pm
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CE EDI-LGW this evening.

Fabulous crew on an old GAT bird!
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Old Jun 10, 17, 5:35 am
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LHR-MAD (777), 10 June 2017
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Well 5 days later same poached eggs breakfast but this time runny yolks



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Old Jun 10, 17, 5:39 am
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That looks like a very good, light breakfast.
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Old Jun 10, 17, 7:36 am
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Looks very good, KARFA - literally the first BA shorthaul hot breakfast I've ever seen that I actually want to eat! (Other than the 'croissant')
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Old Jun 10, 17, 8:26 am
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KARFA, how/what was the bread on the right hand side?
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Old Jun 10, 17, 8:31 am
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Originally Posted by ENTP View Post
KARFA, how/what was the bread on the right hand side?
I think it is supposed to be something like a croque monsieur, bread was toasted with some cheese in the middle.
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Old Jun 13, 17, 1:47 am
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VLML Afternoon Tea - LGW-AMS



Thank you LGW for serving sandwiches for the SPML afternoon tea for a change - even if they did contain far too much (evil) cucumber!

VLML Dinner - AMS-LGW



Photo taken after Mr JtO had swapped me most of my cucumbers for most of his asparagus - I still maintain I got the better end of that deal...! Note the pathetic bag o' fruit for "dessert".
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Old Jun 13, 17, 1:59 pm
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Here's the salad option for "dinner" LHR-CPH. I was fairly glad I had eaten in the lounge, the prawn-allergic Ms F was very glad she had eaten in the lounge. For a 2 hour journey, it's not big enough in my opinion. It was tasty though, ingredient quality was good enough.

The sandwich panino alternative was bread overfilled with cheese and something else, I didn't look too closely.

In common with most of the other meal options BA has this salad, and the sandwich, relies too much on cheese; if you don't eat cheese (like me), you're out of luck: in this meal, a significant proportion of the calories come from the cheese portion so if you don't eat that it's meagre indeed. I echo the point many have made that while the short and long route meals are good, the medium length routes are badly under-catered.

Drinks were well provided, wine from the bottle (into the glass!) and the crew circulated after giving out the meals with frequent top-ups.

The row in front had parent and child in it, I got a candid picture of the child meal which looks pretty reasonable
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Old Jun 13, 17, 2:14 pm
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LHR-DUS, June 2017

Late afternoon departure, "dinner", LHR-DUS. Despite my scepticism about the various BA cheese trenchers, I gave the "Chicken Caesar flatbread" a go, and was pleasantly surprised. I could not quite work out whether it had some cheese that had been almost cooked into nothing, or if it was white sauce, but in any case I could not fault it for being cheese-filled; it was tasty and not too heavy, a reasonable small meal. The potato salad was also nicely flavoured with a few herbs and slightly sharp mayonnaise. The chocolate dessert was good, as they almost always are with any of BA's meals. Despite the presence of butter, no bread was offered to anyone in the cabin.

Drinks were offered from the trolley following directly after the food; two members of crew served the Club cabin, which was 7 rows full. Wine came in individual small bottles, including the champagne. The Spanish Sauvignon Blanc was adequate, though not really cold enough.

Overall, I was more impressed than I expected to be. It was a good small meal, suitable for a short flight like this. BA should do more options like this filled flatbread rather than presenting only panini.
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LCY-AMS Brunch, May 2017

Brunch on BA Cityflyer LCY-AMS. I went with the chicken salad option, though the mackerel also looked good: a large mackerel fillet with a couple of feta cubes on one end, so cheese-optional. It's still a very small meal, but it's a short enough flight that you ought to be able to get something at each end if you need more. The Club cabin was only about 5 people and service, as usual on BACF, was good and proactive with drink refills.

The only downside of the new menu is that returning the next day in the evening I was offered exactly the same menu, with the only service difference being the dessert item changing to a different sweet. That could get boring pretty quickly.
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Old Jun 13, 17, 3:22 pm
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I showed pics of BA CE meals to a SK "elite" and he confirmed that BA is in another division. I have to agree, CE food has as far as I can remember (being old that isn't saying much) never been so good.

I'm a bit curious though, on ARN-LHR or band 4? Drinks are from full size bottles, including Champagne and wine. Is it only on shorter flights where they distribute small bottles? Anything below band 4 maybe?
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Old Jun 13, 17, 3:30 pm
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Originally Posted by Lobengula View Post

I'm a bit curious though, on ARN-LHR or band 4? Drinks are from full size bottles, including Champagne and wine. Is it only on shorter flights where they distribute small bottles? Anything below band 4 maybe?
Per post 1 of this thread, the small bottles are served on the new "short" flights. The "medium" and "long" ones get the full bottles of wine and fizz.
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Old Jun 13, 17, 3:40 pm
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Originally Posted by Lobengula View Post
I'm a bit curious though, on ARN-LHR or band 4? Drinks are from full size bottles, including Champagne and wine. Is it only on shorter flights where they distribute small bottles? Anything below band 4 maybe?
"band 4" in fact the whole banding system was enhanced!
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