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Club Europe Catering Guide - September 2018 onwards

This thread outlines the new arrangements for Club Europe catering introduced on Wednesday 12 September 2018 based on 5 bands (Express, and Bands 1-4). 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 the menus for LGW routes rotate monthly, whereas LHR routes rotate bi-weekly

Please keep this thread clear for for reviews, menu descriptions, and photos. For chat about the new service arrangements there is a dedicated thread has now been set up for this Club Europe catering opinions and general discussion

Please do not quote photos in this thread.

The previous shorthaul catering guide for Sunday 26 March 2017 to Tuesday 11 September 2018 is now locked, but is to be found here.

Numbers relate to the post number. Vegetarian means the alternative option provided as standard rather than the special meals. The pre-ordered special meals are AVML (Asia-vegetarian), CHML(children meal), DBML (diabetic meal), GFML (gluten free), HNML (Hindu non-vegetarian meal), KSML (Kosher meal), LCML (low calorie meal), LFML (low fat meal), NLML (low-lactose meal), LSML (low salt meal), MOML (Muslim meal), VGML (vegan meal), and VLML (lacto-ovo vegetarian).

There are differences between the offering in/out of LHR, LGW, and BA CityFlyer routes operated from LCY, STN, BRS, BHX, MAN, EDI, and DUB. For BA CityFlyer flights please refer to this guide created by zappomatic BA CityFlyer catering guide

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Chef's Chat sheets for:

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Express (LBA, MAN, and JER only. Note JER is classes at express but gets band 1 service)

Breakfast: 176, 289 (KSML), 345 (VLML), 347 (JER), 375, 622, 705
Brunch:
Lunch: 226, 326, 388 (KSML), 427 (AVML), 553 (KSML), 586, 678
Afternoon tea: 103, 176, 643 (LCML), 733
Dinner: 279, 332 (JER), 359 (AVML), 521, 588, 608, 647

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Band 1 (UK, France, Ireland, BeNeLux, Germany)

Breakfast: 9, 56, 105, 183, 203, 256, 304, 377, 420 (LGW), 445, 452 (VGML), 457 (VGML), 558, 641
Brunch: 68, 121, 142, 197, 420, 458, 555, 559, 620 (LCML), 660, 662
Lunch: 16, 142, 147 (VLML), 170 (KSML), 230, 255, 344, 498, 510, 529, 535, 556, 560, 592, 612, 632, 640, 660, 707 (LGW), 713 (KSML), 723
Afternoon tea: 32, 36 (LGW), 71, 90, 104, 123 (LGW), 139 (LCML), 146, 167 (VLML), 207 (KSML), 252, 277, 285, 353 (KSML), 441, 527 (LGW), 557
Dinner: 49, 130 (LGW), 142, 185, 186 (LGW & VLML), 208 (KSML), 225, 225 (LGW), 237, 242, 268, 281, 298, 307 (KSML), 353 (KSML), 367, 436 (AVML), 441, 444, 498, 517 (AVML), 554, 648, 652, 653, 669, 690, 708

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Band 2 (e.g. Barcelona, Nice, Venice, Prague, Copenhagen)

Breakfast: 8, 269, 309, 329, 400, 576 (KSML), 613, 650 (LGW), 679 (AVML)
Brunch: 578, 610, 659
Lunch: 18, 40, 107, 163 (AVML), 235, 421, 431, 504, 578, 614
Afternoon tea: 278 (LGW), 306, 362 (KSML), 399, 496 (LGW), 499, 578
Dinner: 155 (AVML), 227, 269, 287, 385, 496 (LGW), 578, 583, 591 (KSML), 593 (LGW), 596 (AVML), 596 (HNML)

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Band 3 (e.g. Madrid, Rome, Warsaw, Stockholm)

Breakfast: 57, 171, 418, 507, 631, 677
Rest of the day: 27, 44, 59, 87, 100, 165, 168, 199 (LGW), 200 (LGW), 216, 268, 282, 321 (LGW), 322, 335, 341 (LGW), 343, 350 (LGW), 351 (LGW), 387, 397 (KSML), 398, 400, 419, 429, 435 (AVML), 448 (VGML), 477, 484, 485, 500, 448 (KSML), 551 (LCML), 571 (KSML), 587, 599 (LGW), 619, 649 (KSML), 676

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Band 4 (e.g. Malta, Sofia, Kiev, Istanbul)

Breakfast: 159, 223, 440, 483, 661
Rest of the day: 61 (LGW), 63 (LGW), 83, 122 (LGW), 129 (LGW), 191 (LGW), 233, 244, 255, 264, 342, 349, 618 (CHML) (LGW), 624, 661, 730 (LGW)

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Old Sep 18, 18, 2:06 pm
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Looks like condiments are needed for most meals.

A bit of ketchup and mustard would match nicely with one of those sausages and the bread roll.
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Old Sep 18, 18, 2:28 pm
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Band 1 - Afternoon Tea - SPML Lacto-Ovo
LHR-EDI - BA1452 - 16:25 hrs

This Special Meal for Afternoon Tea is worth highlighting (and thank goodness no more lentils). As you can see this isn't too far off the main Do&Co afternoon tea offering albeit with more conventional sandwiches, compared to the more varied ones on the standard offering. The fillings were a bit of a mystery but there was spinach in one of them. And since the cake, scones and tea bread were part of the offering this was the one SPML I was entirely happy with. And I guess it does already give more variety than the previous offering.

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I tried the gnocchi on yesterday's LHR-HEL and thought it was oily. I would not choose it again. The passion fruit pud was yum. I tried both white wines and thought they were great. Iím looking forward to a curry n the way home tonight.
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I’ve always avoided airline gnocchi ... now I know why!
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No changes yet for KSMLs



This is the standard sliced chicken provided by Hermolis. This was on the BA1327 NCL-LHR.


I was able to grab this photo of what others in Club were being served.
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Old Sep 21, 18, 2:52 pm
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Anchor butter


I was pleased to see branded butter on my band 3 breakfast this morning. Didnít use it as I chose a croissant not a roll. However, I think that generic butter looks really cheap for club. Someone up thread asked about the salt content. How can you tell if you donít know what is in the wrapper?
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Originally Posted by MrsW View Post
I was pleased to see branded butter on my band 3 breakfast this morning. Didn’t use it as I chose a croissant not a roll. However, I think that generic butter looks really cheap for club. Someone up thread asked about the salt content. How can you tell if you don’t know what is in the wrapper?
The salt content in butter is usually between 1 and 3%. In a 7 gram mini-pack of butter the salt content, relative to the average person's diet, isn't likely to make a lot of difference and in any case there is a salt pack in with the cutlery. Anchor has 1.7% salt in it, the green fields indicates it is salted, the unsalted branding is red in colour. Castle butter, which is what we are seeing a lot of in CE and also the BaxterStorey lounges, is Welsh and not generic, it is made in Caerphilly, is 2.5% salt, which is probably enough to be distinguished from Anchor in a blind tasting test, but 2.5% of 7g = under 0.2 g of salt. There are some recommendations that people keep their daily salt content to below 1.5g of salt per day, and the NHS suggests a maximum of 6g per day. Most totally unbranded generic butter has salt in it, so you can make that general presumption, it's slightly trickier to make it without salt and it doesn't keep as long.
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Old Sep 21, 18, 3:15 pm
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Interesting how the desserts have seemed to move away from cakes to custards and mousses. The new desserts look nice but I'm rather partial to cakes.

The downgrade of the starter in Band 3 and 4 is noticeable. A cup of coleslaw is not a worthy replacement for the large salads or pieces of salmon that used to be the starter courses on long flights.
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Old Sep 21, 18, 3:34 pm
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Originally Posted by CurbedEnthusiasm View Post
Interesting how the desserts have seemed to move away from cakes to custards and mousses. The new desserts look nice but I'm rather partial to cakes.

The downgrade of the starter in Band 3 and 4 is noticeable. A cup of coleslaw is not a worthy replacement for the large salads or pieces of salmon that used to be the starter courses on long flights.
Agree re the old Band 4 starters and separate main course, but unfortunately the new Airbus NEO aircraft simply donít have the galley space to accommodate all the extra chinaware required for the previous Band 4 service (when Club is at maximum occupancy). In addition to this, some customers where complaining that the previous Band 4 service was taking far too long, especially when the Club Europe cabin was very large.
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Originally Posted by corporate-wage-slave View Post
The salt content in butter is usually between 1 and 3%. In a 7 gram mini-pack of butter the salt content, relative to the average person's diet, isn't likely to make a lot of difference and in any case there is a salt pack in with the cutlery. Anchor has 1.7% salt in it, the green fields indicates it is salted, the unsalted branding is red in colour. Castle butter, which is what we are seeing a lot of in CE and also the BaxterStorey lounges, is Welsh and not generic, it is made in Caerphilly, is 2.5% salt, which is probably enough to be distinguished from Anchor in a blind tasting test, but 2.5% of 7g = under 0.2 g of salt. There are some recommendations that people keep their daily salt content to below 1.5g of salt per day, and the NHS suggests a maximum of 6g per day. Most totally unbranded generic butter has salt in it, so you can make that general presumption, it's slightly trickier to make it without salt and it doesn't keep as long.
https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/eat-well/salt-nutrition/
I shall bow to you as butter expert. I had honestly never heard of Castle butter and did not intend to offend it by refering to it as generic. I have never seen it for sale in my local supermarket (Waitrose in London). We have Lurpak at home....
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Old Sep 21, 18, 5:03 pm
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Similar to upthread. Quality of sandwiches vastly improved.


Bacon roll (which I found rather fatty) replaced with cheese/ham filled croissant. Delicious superfood pot and much better fruit plate.
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Old Sep 22, 18, 7:31 am
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Agree re the old Band 4 starters and separate main course, but unfortunately the new Airbus NEO aircraft simply donít have the galley space to accommodate all the extra chinaware required for the previous Band 4 service (when Club is at maximum occupancy). In addition to this, some customers where complaining that the previous Band 4 service was taking far too long, especially when the Club Europe cabin was very large.
The space and pace issues are fair enough to move to a one-tray service, but BA still could put more effort into what goes into the starter pot. Cole slaw strikes me as very plebeian and better suited for a summer picnic than a business class flight.
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Bacon roll (which I found rather fatty) replaced with cheese/ham filled croissant. Delicious superfood pot and much better fruit plate.
the bacon rolls have gone??? I really liked them. I am due to have an express breakfast tomorrow so will try it, but I am not keen on a filled croissant.
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@muggle was the breakfast LHR/MAN or MAN/LHR? Just wondering as the fruit is played which surprises me slightly if it was from MAN as these are round catered from LHR so was expecting it would be in a pot rather than on a plate.
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Greetings from Chicago. On the INV-LHR yesterday choice was the coronation chicken or some quinoa and courgette concoction. Was in 1F so had the coronation chicken, the CC mentioned that the quinoa and courgette was a hard sell particularly as IIRC it was a 50/50 loading with the chicken. Service began over the Forth Valley. Must say I liked the cabbage/coleslaw I had it after the chicken and it was like a palate cleanser. Star of the show was the chocolate dessert which was much better than what I had for dessert on my LHR-ORD later. Really impressed overall, though as the CC said those customers who had to have the courgette concoction were somewhat peeved.
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